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Angela Fenoglio

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

Interests: Cognitive development, social/emotional development, developmental psychopathology, infancy, brain development

General Developmental Psychology


I’m currently a doctoral dissertation fellow working under the mentorship of Drs. Jed Elison and Michael Georgieff. I aim to combine neural and behavioral measures to characterize early social-cognitive development. The brain circuits involved in processing social information appear to be especially susceptible to dysfunction across multiple mental, emotional, and behavioral disorders. Understanding how the brain processes and responds to social information requires integrating innovative neuroimaging technology with new, creative, and developmentally appropriate behavioral assessments. Thus, my overarching research strategy is 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 also 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 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. Fenoglio, A., Georgieff, M., and Elison, J.T. (2017). Social Brain Circuitry and Social Cognition in Infants Born Preterm. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 9(1).

    Lin, P .-Y ., Hagan, K., Fenoglio, A., Grant, P .E., & Franceschini, M. A. (2016). Cerebral hemodynamics and metabolism of extremely low gestational age neonates with low-grade intraventricular hemorrhage. Scientific Reports, 6.

    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, 85, 279-286.

    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.