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Post-Docs

  • Caroline Christopher

    Caroline is an NIMH T32 post-doctoral fellow at the ASU REACH Institute. Caroline's overall goal is to better understand how individuals are affected by their close relationships. Her main focus is adolescent depression, but she also has a broader interest studying the role of family and friends in children’s healthy versus maladaptive social-emotional development from infancy to adolescence. Through her research in this area, she has examined precursors of the development of psychopathology in middle childhood and adolescence, and theory-based mechanisms that help to explain the relationship between parental depression and adolescent depression, and peer depression and adolescent depression.

  • Kit Elam

    Kit is an NIMH T32 post-doctoral fellow at the ASU REACH Institute. The goal of his research program is to identify modifiable family processes within developmental cascades that contribute to poor socio-emotional, behavioral, and health outcomes across childhood and adolescence. Within this framework, Kit’s research examines the interplay between children’s genetic risk and negative family processes that contributes to psychopathology later in life, with particular emphasis on genotype-environment correlations. By using innovative genetic designs, his research (1) examines the role that children’s genetic risk may play in evoking stressful early life experiences including negative parenting behavior and (2) is able to detect early family environmental influences (e.g., hostile parenting, interparental conflict) on children’s psychopathology absent of common genetic influences, which can inflate estimates of parent-child associations. This approach confirms findings of past research and offers new insight into stressful family processes early in life that are amenable to preventive interventions in an effort to disrupt harmful developmental cascades. 

  • Brandon Scott

    Brandon is an NIMH T32 post-doctoral fellow at the ASU REACH Institute. The goal of his research is to disentangle the relations between problematic anxiety and emotion regulation in youth across multiple levels of analysis, including psychosocially and physiologically. In this vein, his research has shown an association between problematic anxiety and certain child socio-emotional competences, emotional self-efficacy, and biological indices of emotion (dys)regulation (alone and in interactions) in stressful contexts and when anxiety outcomes are contrasted with aggression. Moreover, he is interested in examining how individual and contextual factors influence the relation between problematic anxiety and emotion regulation, and understanding the effects of maladaptive emotion regulation on socio-cognitive competences and health outcomes in youth at-risk for problematic anxiety.