Rebecca Waller, PhD

Lab Director

Thank you for your interest in the EDEN Lab. We study social and emotional development, psychopathology, and personality. 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 conscience, empathy, and callous-unemotional traits. We also examine how the environment interacts with genetic risk to influence 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. 

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Samantha Perlstein, BA

Graduate Student

I am a second year student in the clinical psychology program at the University of Pennsylvania. I received my BA in Psychology and Human Rights from Barnard College in 2017. After graduating, I received a NIH Postbaccalaureate Intramural Research Training Award and worked in the Section for Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience, working on projects examining the neural and behavioral correlates of childhood irritability. My current research explores the development of antisocial and psychopathic behaviors in children, including a focus on the physiological and neurocognitive processes that underpin deficits in empathy and social bonding in children with callous-unemotional traits.


Yuheiry Rodriguez, BA

Study Coordinator

I graduated from Temple University in May 2018 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology. During my undergraduate career, I worked on an honors thesis in Dr. Peter Marshall's Developmental Science Lab as part of the Psychology Honors Program. My thesis examined the relationship between socioeconomic status and executive function, as well as language abilities in children and adults. I am interested in studying how environmental factors influence socioemotional development, antisocial behavior in children, and how we can implement effective interventions to reduce behavioral problems. In the future, I hope to obtain my PhD in Clinical Psychology and work with children and adolescents from under-resourced communities.