Lab Director

Rebecca Waller, PhD

Thank you for your interest in the EDEN Lab. We study socioemotional development, child psychopathology, and personality development. We explore the contexts that children grow up in that give rise to the development of antisocial behavior, violence, and substance use, as well as related constructs, like callous-unemotional traits and empathy. We also examine how the environment interacts with genetic risk to influence children’s socioemotional development by shaping the structure and function of the brain. Work in the EDEN lab is strongly translational because we aim to use our research to inform prevention and treatment efforts to reduce antisocial behavior. 

I moved to the U.S. in 2013 having received my doctorate in Evidence-Based Social Intervention from the University of Oxford. I have a BA in Experimental Psychology and MSc in Evidence-Based Social Intervention, also from the University of Oxford. Between 2013 and 2018, I was a post-doctoral fellow in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at the University of Michigan.