Dr. Lauren Shuffrey is an Assistant Professor in Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine and Principal Investigator (PI) of the RESILIENT Laboratory. Dr. Shuffrey received her PhD from Columbia University in 2017. Her doctoral training focused on electroencephalography (EEG) and peripheral markers to examine autism spectrum disorder (ASD) subgroups and ASD intervention studies. In 2020, Dr. Shuffrey completed a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program for Translational Research in Child Psychiatric Disorders in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University Irving Medical Center focused on prenatal risk factors and neurodevelopmental disorders. In 2023, Dr. Shuffrey completed a two-year K99 training award in women’s mental health and perinatal immunology funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). Dr. Shuffrey’s research program in Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at NYU Grossman School of Medicine examines the role of the prenatal environment on vulnerability for both perinatal maternal mental health concerns and child neurodevelopmental disorders in order to identify mechanisms, objective markers, and modifiable factors. Our ultimate goal is to understand factors in the perinatal environment associated with resiliency and that are amenable to future intervention.
Lauren is the Lab Manager in Dr. Shuffrey's RESILIENT Lab. After graduating from the University of Richmond in 2019 with a double major in Psychology and Classics, Lauren completed postgraduate appointments as a Postgraduate Research Associate at the Yale Child Study Center and a Research Coordinator in Stanford University's Department of Psychology. Lauren’s current research interests broadly include biological and behavioral impacts of early childhood adverse events and intergenerational markers of stress and trauma.
Julianna is a Research Associate in Dr. Shuffrey’s RESILIENT Lab. She graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a B.S. in Cognitive and Behavioral Neuroscience. During undergrad, she worked in Dr. Zoe Smith’s ACCTION Lab as a research assistant, where she focused on community-based assessments and intervention development for youth with ADHD and cognitive disengagement syndrome. Julianna is excited to research and learn more about the neurodevelopmental trajectories of infants who’ve experienced early childhood adverse events along with the influence of maternal’s health during pregnancy.
Anahid is a Research Associate in Dr. Shuffrey’s RESILIENT Lab. She graduated from Texas A&M University with a B.S. in Behavioral and Cognitive Neuroscience. During her time in undergrad, she developed an interest in utilizing EEG to mark cognitive control and the neurdevelopmental trajectory of children that had experienced early-life adversity. Anahid is eager to further research the impacts of early-age trauma on the developing brain and psyche.
Jessica received her B.A. in Neuroscience and Sociology from Barnard College in 2022, where she was part of the COVID-19 Mother Baby Outcome (COMBO) study with Dr. Dani Dumitriu and developed adaptations of infant developmental assessments to be conducted remotely. Now, she is a coordinator for the Autism Center of Excellence at Columbia university, where she coordinates and conducts studies of early neurobehavioral trajectories that predict subsequent autism diagnosis. She is a Masters student in Sociology at Columbia University, where she carries out research pertaining to the role of rare disease organizations in scientific knowledge production. Additionally, she is working with Dr. Shuffrey on an analysis of the effects of neighborhood deprivation on child behavior, to better understand the interplay between social factors and child development.
Jennifer graduated from Seton Hall University in 2017 with her B.S. in Psychology and from Montclair State University in 2019 with her M.A. in Clinical Psychology. Currently, she is a 3rd-year doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology program at Montclair State University and the lab manager for Dr. Laura Lakusta's Cognitive and Language Development Lab. For her master’s thesis, Jennifer explored the effect of exposure to gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) on child language development and how other factors like maternal mental health and socioeconomic status may be implicated. Furthermore, Jennifer is working with Dr. Shuffrey exploring the effects of perinatal complications on child development, including psychopathology and language development.