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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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

Differential processing of risk and reward in delinquent and non-delinquent youth

Duell N, Perino MT, McCormick EM, Telzer EH. (2023) Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Neonatal Intensive Care Unit Latent Profiles of Maternal Distress: Associations With 5-Year Maternal and Child Mental Health Outcomes

Njoroge WFM, Gerstein ED, Lean RE, Paul R, Smyser CD, Rogers CE. (2023) Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

The Association Between Maternal Cortisol and Infant Amygdala Volume Is Moderated by Socioeconomic Status

Herzberg MP, Triplett R, McCarthy R, Kaplan S, Alexopoulos D, Meyer D, Arora J, Miller JP, Smyser TA, Herzog ED, England SK, Zhao P, Barch DM, Rogers CE, Warner BB, Smyser CD, Luby J. (2023) Biological Psychiatry Global Open Science