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Angela Fenoglio

3rd Year Doctoral Student
B.A. Psychology, Boston University, 2008; Ed.M. Mind, Brain, & Education, Harvard University, 2013

Interests: Cognitive development, social/emotional development, infancy, brain development, early childhood.

General Developmental Psychology


I’m currently an NIMH predoctoral fellow working under the mentorship of Dr. Jed Elison. I aim to combine neural and behavioral measures to characterize early social-cognitive development. We know very little about the early development of the putative social brain. Further, we know very little about trajectories of brain and behavioral development that anticipate the emergence of clinically impairing patterns of behavior. The longitudinal characterization of circuits related to atypical behaviors or cognitive processing or requires incorporating innovative neuroimaging technology with new, creative, and developmentally appropriate behavioral assessments. I aim to develop behavioral assays for characterizing antecedents of high-level social cognition (e.g., implicit mentalizing abilities) during the infant period that are amendable to examining brain-behavior associations. More broadly, I aim to explore complex social phenomena at multiple levels of analysis in the infant and toddler developmental periods using assays that are directly relevant to both typical and atypical development and can be linked to specific neural circuits.

Prior to joining ICD, I worked as a study coordinator in the Fetal-Neonatal Neuroimaging & Developmental Science Center at Boston Children's Hospital on projects using near infrared spectroscopy systems to monitor newborn brain health and development. In 2013 I completed a master's degree in Mind, Brain, and Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, where I worked in the Laboratory for Developmental Studies on a project using continuous-wave near infrared spectroscopy to investigate the neural correlates of infants' understanding of intentional actions. I previously spent two years in the Laboratory for Research on Autism & Developmental Disorders at Boston University, where I was involved in neuroimaging and behavioral studies of social, affective, and language processing in children and adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders. As an undergraduate at Boston University, I worked on studies of visual attention in Dr. David Somers' Perceptual Neuroimaging Laboratory.

Selected Publications

  1. Dehaes, M., Aggarwal, A., Lin, P.-Y., Fortuno, C., Fenoglio, A., Roche-Labarbe, N., Soul, J., Franceschini, M.A., & Grant, P.E. (2014). Cerebral oxygen metabolism in neonatal hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy during and following therapeutic hypothermia. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism.

    Joseph, R.M., Fricker, Z., Fenoglio, A., Lindgren, K.A., Knaus, T.A., & Tager-Flusberg, H. (2013). Structural asymmetries of language-related gray and white matter and their relationship to language function in young children with ASD. Brain Imaging and Behavior. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1007/s11682-013-9245-0

    Roche-Labarbe, N., Fenoglio, A., Radakrishnan, H., Kocienski-Filip, M., Carp, S.A., Dubb, J., Boas, D., Grant, P.E., & Franceschini, M.A. (2013). Somatosensory evoked changes in cerebral oxygen consumption measured non-invasively in premature neonates. Neuroimage. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2013.01.035.

    Lin, P.-Y., Roche-Labarbe, N., Dehaes, M., Carp, S., Fenoglio, A., Barbieri, B., Hagan, K., Grant, P.E., & Franceschini, M.A. (2013). Non-invasive optical measurement of cerebral metabolism and hemodynamics in infants. Journal of Visualized Experiments (73), e4379.

    Lin, P.-Y., Roche-Labarbe, N., Dehaes, M., Fenoglio, A., Grant, P.E., & Franceschini, M.A. (2012). Regional and hemispheric asymmetries of cerebral hemodynamic and oxygen metabolism in newborns. Cerebral Cortex 23(2), 339-348.

    Roche-Labarbe, N., Fenoglio, A., Aggarwal, A., Dehaes, M., Carp, S.A., Franceschini, M.A., & Grant, P.E. (2011). Near infrared spectroscopy assessment of cerebral oxygen metabolism in the developing premature brain. Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism, 32(3), 481-488.