Aimed to drive multidisciplinary conversations about the effects of stressors on brain development, consider the impacts on individuals, families and communities, and spur discussions on possible strategies to address.


Deanna Barch, PhD

Deanna Barch studies how early adversity (e.g., poverty, stress, and disparities in access to health care) shape early brain development and subsequent risk for mental health challenges.

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Other WashU investigators working on topics of brain development, law and policy


A global multicohort study to map subcortical brain development and cognition in infancy and early childhood

Alex AM, Aguate F, Botteron K, Buss C, Chong Y-S, Dager SR, Donald KA, Entringer S, Fair DA, Fortier MV, Gaab N, Gilmore JH, Girault JB, Graham AM, Groenewold NA, Hazlett H, Lin W, Meaney MJ, Piven J, Qiu A, Rasmussen JM, Roos A, Schultz RT, Skeide MA, Stein DJ, Styner M, Thompson PM, TureskyTK, Wadhwa PD, Zar HJ, Zöllei L, de los Campos G, Knickmeyer RC. (2023) Nature Neuroscience

Behavioral and psychiatric correlates of brain responses to social feedback

Rappaport BI, Kujawa A, Arfer KB, Pegg S, Kelly D, Jackson JJ, Luby JL, Barch DM. (2023) Psychophysiology