AMANDA LOWELL, PH.D
Associate Research Scientist
I study the impact of addiction and adversity on maternal neural and behavioral responses to infant cues, the implementation of evidence-based parenting intervention for mothers with addictions, and the neurophysiological mechanisms underscoring mothers’ response to treatment.
TAL YATZIV, PH.D
I am interested in the interplay between cognitive and affective processes in shaping early parenting and infants’ socioemotional development, with special focus on parental mentalizing and sensitive responsiveness. I employ reaction-time and accuracy-based cognitive measures, imaging approaches, and observation-based ecological methods (e.g., videotaped parent-infant interactions), to gain insights into how adaptive parenting unfolds in time, and how psychopathology may modulate this transition.
FRANCESCA PENNER, PH.D
I am interested in parenting and child socio-emotional development and mental health. I am especially interested in understanding the influences of attachment, parental emotion regulation and mentalizing, and parent psychopathology at multiple levels of analysis, in order to improve parent interventions and reduce the intergenerational transmission of psychopathology.
WINNIE ORCHARD, PH.D
I am a Postdoctoral Associate with a joint appointment at the BABL, and the Holmes Lab. I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at the Turner Institute of Brain and Mental Health at Monash University, in 2021, under the supervision of Dr Sharna Jamadar. My research investigates the structural and functional brain changes associated with parenthood across the lifespan, with a special interest in how these changes relate to parental cognition and mental health in the postpartum period. I am passionate about the parental brain, and women's health more broadly - how female biology and the experience of womanhood shape the brain, cognition and behavior across the life stages of adolescence, pregnancy, parenthood, peri-menopause and the aging process.
RACHEL SHIN, B.A
I am a second year Master of Research student in Yale-UCL’s Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology program. I am interested in how early childhood trauma can effect maternal behavior later in life as well as the maternal-child relationship. I am also interested in the connection between maternal substance use, adversity, and attachment and the ways in which intervention can impact the mother’s neurobiology and behavior.
CLAUDIA GAEBLER, B.S
Postgraduate Research Associate
I am a Postgraduate Associate working alongside Helena Rutherford in the BABL lab, with a primary focus on our Bridge study. This research looks at understanding the effects of nicotine addiction on the maternal brain and behavior. My undergraduate research experience at UMass Amherst inspired my interest in maternal research with a focused intersection of developmental and clinical psychology.
VICTORIA HART-DERRICK, B.A
Postgraduate Research Associate
I am a recent graduate of Stanford University, Class of 2022. As a PGA, I coordinate with other lab members to manage the BABL’s R01 study investigating the impact of stress, substance use, and addiction on the transition to motherhood. I am interested in learning to analyze neuroimaging data and biological mechanisms to better understand the affective and behavioral trajectory of psychopathology, particularly in substance use and mood disorders.
JULIANA BRENNER, B.A