The goal of this study is to better understand how experiences across childhood affect brain functioning and behavior during adolescence. The current study builds on the Fragile Families and Child Wellbeing Study which has followed a birth cohort of nearly 5,0000 families in major US cities from child birth to age 15.
The goal of the MTwiNS study is to better understand brain and behavior development in a sample of twins. Specifically, using a twin design, we are collaborating with researchers at Michigan State University (MSU) to examine gene-environment interactions to understand how differences in behavior emerge.
Currently we have several studies underway utilizing the University student subject pool to examine the psychometric properties and overlap of multiple measures of empathy, externalizing behaviors, psychopathology, personality, and context.
The MiND lab is part of the team at UM participating in the ABCD study which is funded by the National Institutes of Health. This study is following 10,000 9 – 10 year old children across adolescence to understand how the brain develops and interacts with experience to influence risk for substance abuse, as well as how substance abuse affects the developing brain.