This spring the Health and Development Lab is hosting weekly research roundtables with our undergraduate research assistants. In these weekly one-hour session, we provide information to support them through their undergraduate research experience. The goal of these roundtables is to equip our students with the tools needed to effectively understand and present research findings.
Dr. Ehrlich receives 2020 APA Distinguished Scientific Award
Huge congratulations to our PI, Dr. Katie Ehrlich, who was awarded the 2020 APA Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology! This award honors exceptional early career scientists for contributions in their first nine years post-PhD.
H&D Featured in Commit to UGA Campaign
Afokeoghene Gimbiya “Gee” Egberi ’22, a Health and Development Undergraduate Research Assistant, was recognized as a recipient on the Black Alumni Scholarship and a member of the UGA Mentor Program. See her featured story here: https://give.uga.edu/story/gee-egberi/
Congratulations H and D Graduate
We are excited to celebrate the UGA Fall 2019 graduating class. Alyssa Moffitt graduated with her B.S. in Psychology and has been working within the lab since Fall 2018.
November Behavioral and Brain Sciences Brown Bag Series
Our graduate student, Kelsey Corallo presented in the November Professional Seminar Series. Her presentation titled, "Adolescent Extracurricular Activity Involvement and Antibody Response to Influenza Vaccination" focused on analysis from our 2017 and 2018 adult flu study cohorts.
Health and Development Lab featured in UGA Today
Dr. Ehrlich was recently interviewed by UGA Today to discuss one of our research studies. The article entitled "Parental depression forecasts kids' later physical health" provides insight on the long-term impact of parental depression on children.
October Behavioral and Brain Sciences Brown Bag Series
Our graduate student, Sarah Lyle presented in the October Professional Seminar Series. Her presentation titled, "Age, Depressive Symptoms, and Antibody Production Following Influenza Vaccination" focused on analysis from our 2017 and 2018 adult flu study cohorts.
Dr. Ehrlich recognized at the University of Georgia Franklin Faculty Awards
Dr. Ehrlich received the 2019 Association for Psychological Science Janet Taylor Spence Award for Transformative Early Career Contributions. The award, named for the first elected APS president, celebrates the many new and leading-edge ideas coming out of the most creative and promising investigators who embody the future of psychological science. Congratulations, Dr. Ehrlich. See more information about this award at https://www.psychologicalscience.org/members/awards-and-honors/spence-recipients/ehrlich
Undergraduate RAs begin Fall Projects
The fall semester has started and we happily announce the addition of 24 undergraduate research assistants to the Health and Development Laboratory. These students will assist with our 3 concurrent research projects:
We are excited to recognize one our graduate students, Kelsey Corallo, on successfully defending her masters thesis. Kelsey's thesis is entitled "Early Environment, Parental Overprotection, and Susceptibility to the Common Cold."
Research Assistant Selected to Participate in CURO Summer Research Fellowship
The University of Georgia Center for Undergraduate Research Opportunities has selected one of our H&D research assistants as a summer fellow! Rebecca Guerreso was selected as 1 of 30 Summer Research Fellows. Rebecca presented a poster on the Common Cold Project entitled: Negative Life Events Predict Subjective Illness at the Summer CURO Symposium. Congratulations, Rebecca!
Research Staff Expansion
The Health and Development Lab is pleased to announce that our lab is expanding, and we have hired two research project coordinators, Aishat Sadiq and Isabel Wasilewski. Welcome to the lab, Aishat and Isabel!
The Health and Development Lab would like to congratulate our graduating research assistants! We're so excited for what your future holds.
Research Assistants Present at 42nd Annual Psi Chi Convention of the Behavioral Sciences
We would like to congratulate all of our undergraduate research assistants who presented at the Annual Psi Chi Convention of the Behavioral Sciences. Students presented research posters based on our flu cohort studying how adolescents' daily experiences are related to antibody production following vaccination.
New Staff Hired
The Health and Development Lab is pleased to announce the hiring of our new laboratory manager, Deborah DC Bastien. Welcome to the lab, Deborah!
We were invited to present at the 2019 APS Annual Meeting in Vancouver, Canada
The Health and Development Lab members presented at the International American Psychosomatic Society Conference in March, 2019. Sarah presented preliminary findings from the Child Cohort of our 2017-2018 UGA Flu Study. Kelsey presented results from her master's thesis using data from the Common Cold Project. It was great reconnecting with other health psychology researchers, and we are excited for the 2020 conference in Long Beach, CA.
The Head and the Art
Our lab was selected to participate in an interdisciplinary art show. Local artist Alexis Spina interviewed Dr. Ehrlich about our work in the lab and created a piece inspired by our research. For more information about the event click here. A more detailed photo of the piece is available here.
Lab Awarded Jacobs Foundation Grant
We are grateful to the Jacobs Foundation for their support of our research on skin deep resilience. This project will build upon an existing project in our lab examining proinflammatory phenotypes and depression risk in adolescents. Data collection for this project will begin in early 2019 and will consist of three waves! We are excited about this longitudinal project - more details coming soon.
We Are Hiring
We are looking for strong applicants to join our research team as graduate students for the 2019-2020 academic year! If interested see the "Join Our Team" tab at the top of this page. Additionally we are hiring a full time wet-lab technician. To apply: https://www.ugajobsearch.com/postings/31943 . We are excited to get more hands on deck as we move forward with our grant funded projects this upcoming year!
Lab Awarded R03 to Study Parental Depression and Early Origins of Disease in Children
NIH has awarded the lab an R03 grant to study how parental depression is associated with physical health in children. We are looking forward to working with our collaborators at the Center for Family Research on this project.
Lab Awarded NARSAD Young Investigator Grant
We are grateful to the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation for their support of our research on skin deep resilience, proinflammatory phenotypes, and depression risk in adolescents. Data collection for this project will begin in early 2019 - stay tuned for more details!
We visited Minneapolis, MN for SRA Biennial Meeting
The Health and Development Lab members presented at the Society for Research on Adolescence in April, 2018. Our first project examined the association between hostility and attachment behaviors during a conflict task and adolescent social behavior. Our second project looked at how mother and adolescent conflict behaviors are associated with adolescent disruptive behavior symptoms.
We traveled to Louisville, KY for APS Annual Meeting
The Health and Development Lab members presented at the American Psychosomatic Society Meeting in March, 2018. Our presentations featured research linking attachment and loneliness in children with asthma and cytokine regulation. Cheers to a great conference, and we can't wait for next year!
Two new graduate students to join the lab!
The Health and Development Lab is pleased to announce that two new graduate students, Sarah Lyle and Kelsey Corallo, will be joining the lab this fall. Welcome to the lab, Sarah and Kelsey!