Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology
Research interest(s)/area of expertise
Ellyn studies the mechanisms that promote adaptive neural and social development in order to better understand risk and resilience in historically underserved youth. The neurodevelopment of self-regulation abilities, specifically emotion regulation and how this impacts psychopathology has been a special interest of hers. She studies how prenatal exposures to toxins, hormones, and nutrition shape early neurodevelopmental pathways that are implicated in executive functioning, emotion regulation, and cognitive abilities. She also examines the long term social and cognitive impacts of said exposures and how protective factors, including positive parent child interactions, can help mitigate these risk factors.