Who We Are

We are scientists who conduct research on emotional development and associated neurobiology. Our research focuses on the process of human development and how early experiences impact emotional behavior and brain development. Dr. Nim Tottenham is the Principal Investigator of the lab. The scientists in our laboratory work on projects covering a wide range of topics, including the neurobiological correlates of early adversity, emotion regulation, face processing, and temperament.


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Lab Statement on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

As a research laboratory that seeks to understand how differences in our experiences, both positive and adverse, affect our development, we appreciate the importance of a supportive and inclusive environment. Our work encompasses and embraces the ideas of diversity and support. The success of our research depends on including and respecting people with diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. We have the privilege and responsibility of maintaining a lab that promotes the well-being and excellence of all who work here and everyone we encounter. Our aim is to create a space where people of color and/or from marginalized groups, both researchers and participants, can work together to address issues central to child development.

Behavior and activities that are expected include:

  • Stimulating and sharing multiple ways of thinking, fostering creativity and innovation
  • Recruiting talents from diverse groups
  • Continuing to engage in dialogue about diversity
  • Respecting and valuing multiple stories and deconstructing stereotypes
  • Fostering and advancing leadership and mentoring of scholars from diverse backgrounds
  • Representing the interests of multiple groups
  • Committing to public engagement

Each lab member is expected to help make the lab a safe space for other individuals and to keep each other accountable. Activities/behaviors/practices that conflict with this commitment are not tolerated and will be acknowledged and addressed.

Click here for a list of funding opportunities and programs for underrepresented identities in STEM.