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Fall 2023 MiND Lab Photo

Lab Director

Dr. Hyde’s research aims to better understand the development of risk and resilience in children and families, particularly the development of child psychopathology and antisocial behaviors (e.g., aggression, violence, rule breaking). Much of this work focuses on families living in poverty or with fewer resources in order to understand how children succeed or struggle in the face of adversity.

Specific areas of research include:

– The effects of harsh parenting and dangerous neighborhoods on youth and families

– Understanding how experiences in the toddler and preschool years increase risk for antisocial behavior in adolescence and early adulthood

– Understanding how nature and nurture interact over time. We have examined how specific variation in DNA interacts with experiences (e.g., parenting) to increase risk for negative outcomes and have used Twin and Adoption designs to help isolate specific heritable and environmental factors related to risk and resilience

– The neural correlates of psychopathology, antisocial behavior, and psychopathy 

– How how experiences shape brain development across development

– How callous-unemotional behaviors/traits develop in preschool children

Dr. Hyde graduated with a B.A. from Williams College where he majored in psychology and religion and graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh. At Pitt, Dr. Hyde was in the joint Clinical and Developmental Psychology Program and also completed a concentration in cognitive neuroscience from the Center for Neural Basis of Cognition (CNBC, a joint Pitt-Carnegie Mellon University program). Dr. Hyde worked with mentors Daniel S. Shaw and Ahmad R. Hariri during his Ph.D. at Pitt. He also notes Susan B. Campbell and Stephen B. Manuck as major research influences during his graduate studies. Dr. Hyde did his clinical internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He enjoys running the MiND Lab and feels fortunate to work with so many wonderful people in the lab. In his spare time, Dr. Hyde likes playing soccer and running, as well as traveling.

Lab Mascot


Ellie made her MiND Lab debut in the fall of 2014 when she was adopted by Dr. Hyde, his wife, and Muumi the cat. She enthusiastically performs her roles as cutest lab mascot, chief crumb patrol officer, and head of lab morale. Her current research interests include the finer arts of bladder control, the digestible properties of sticks, and an answer to the eternal question of “who’s a good girl?!”

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