I am a psychologist and a researcher in developmental psychobiology. My research projects integrate methodologies from infant research, neuroendocrinology, and behavioral epigenetics in order to understand how the early caregiving environment associates with cognitive, social, and emotional development in healthy and at-risk infants.
How what happens between us - i.e., human connections - is intertwined with what happens inside of us - i.e., neurobiological connections? This is the question that moved me into pursuing a career in science.
My present research projects mainly focus on stress and protective care biomarkers in infants and children at developmental risk or with neurological disabilities.
A special focus is on the key role of early parent-infant interactions. A better understanding of why and how we are born to be wired holds promises to improve smarter family-centered care interventions.