Sarah Stellern

Sarah Stellern

6th Year Doctoral Student
General Developmental Psychology Track

Interests: Brain development; family/parenting; social/emotional development; trauma/maltreatment; high-risk populations; developmental psychopathology.


Since 2008, I have been involved in research with the International Adoption Project and Dr. Megan Gunnar’s Human Developmental Psychobiology Lab. My interests focus on the ways in which the care-giving environment contributes to adjustment and emotional development in childhood. I am particularly interested in understanding how genes interact with the social environment to shape the development of physiological systems that support stress and emotion. I am currently involved with the Transition Study, which examines children’s adaptation and development following international adoption from institutional settings.


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