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Grace Daley wins the John P. Sabini Undergraduate Award

Grace Daley wins the John P. Sabini Undergraduate Award

Congrats to senior undergraduate, Grace Daley, for winning the John P. Sabini Award for the study of Emotion, Character and Responsibility. This award is given to a psychology major with an impressive undergraduate record and a specific interest in social psychology, broadly defined, including the study of emotion, social motives, moral action or character from the perspective of social psychology, evolutionary psychology, analytic philosophy, moral philosophy, or the philosophy of mind.

Dr. Waller wins early career award

Dr. Waller wins early career award

Dr. Waller received the Jevon S. Newman Early Career Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP), presented last week at the biennial conference for the society. The award was created to recognize exceptional young scholars who have shown considerable promise and productivity in the formative years of their career and who have made a significant contribution to the understanding of psychopathy.

Sam Perlstein wins Blitz talk award

Sam Perlstein wins Blitz talk award

Sam Perlstein won one of four Blitz talk awards at the 2022 conference for the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy (SSSP).

Ayomide Popoola joins the lab

Ayomide Popoola joins the lab

Ayomide Popoola received a BSc in Life Sciences and Minor in Psychology from McMaster University in 2022. She joins the EDEN Lab as a Research Specialist, with particular interest in meaningful and interdisciplinary research into the ecological factors relating to risk and resilience for psychopathology among Black individuals.

Michaela Flum joins the lab

Michaela Flum joins the lab

Michaela Flum is a 2022 graduate of Columbia University's Quantitative Social Sciences Master's program, and 2021 graduate of Barnard College of Columbia University. Her primary research interest is emotional dysregulation and its relationship to the development of antisocial and self-injurious behavior. She joins the EDEN Lab as a Research Specialist with a particular interested in leveraging statistical methods and physiological data to better understand the mechanisms that underlie such behaviors and ultimately, to inform tailored treatments. She hopes to pursue a doctorate in clinical psychology.

Sherry Zhang joins the lab

Sherry Zhang joins the lab

Sherry Zhang graduated from Purdue University with a B.Sc. in Brain and Behavioral Sciences. She completed her senior honors thesis in Dr. Bridgette Kelleher's Neurodevelopmental Family Lab, investigating physiological responses to auditory name stimuli in children with Congenital Zika Syndrome. She joins the EDEN Lab as a Research specialist with interests in developmental trajectories of psychopathology. In the future, she will pursue a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

EDEN Lab featured by Penn Gazette

EDEN Lab featured by Penn Gazette

Thank you to the Penn Gazette for featuring our work exploring how the pandemic has impacted the perinatal period and the experience of pregnant and birthing individuals, as well as the particular challenges faced by Black communities during this time because of existing structural inequities. We have worked with colleagues in psychiatry, maternal fetal medicine, women's behavioral health, and pediatrics at CHOP as part of the IGNITE group to recruit and following parents since the start of the pandemic.

New paper published on laughter

New paper published on laughter

New work from the @upennedenlab led by the incredible Dr Rista Plate, a MindCORE postdoctoral fellow. We show that friendly vs mean laughter is easily distinguished&people want to join in more with friendly laughs, but those higher on psychopathic traits are worse at recognizing & responding correctly to laughter cues. Link to paper in the Journal of Personality

New paper published on postpartum depression

New paper published on postpartum depression

See our new work in Health Affairs, led by Dr Sara Kornfield, showing how different risk and resilience factors, including worries and stress from the pandemic, are related to risk for postpartum depression and impaired infant-mother bonding. Bottom line: we need to do more to support the mental health of moms beginning in pregnancy, and especially in the context of additional stressors (eg global pandemic, adverse childhood experiences)

Yuheiry Rodriguez interview

Yuheiry Rodriguez interview

So thrilled to read this profile of our fabulous research coordinator, Yuheiry Rodriguez, as part of an alumni focus by Temple University. Nothing happens in the EDEN Lab without Yuheiry’s work, dedication, and calmness!

New paper published on CU traits & physiology

New paper published on CU traits & physiology

Congrats to super star graduate student, Samantha Perlstein, for her new paper out in Research on Child & Adolescent Psychopathology. Youth high on CU traits show blunted respiratory sinus arrhythmia across 3 parent-child social tasks. Great collaboration with our colleagues at Boston University.

Kat All awarded research grant

Kat All awarded research grant

Congrats to senior undergraduate, Kat All, who was recently awarded a grant from The Social and Behavioral Science Initiative for her work developing a new online Zoom-friendly task for 4-10 year olds to assess prosocial behaviors and motivation