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Keira Leneman

Doctoral Student
B.A. Psychology, University of California-Davis, 2011

Interests: Stress, bio/neuropsychology, high-risk populations, executive function, prevention/intervention

General Developmental Psychology


I am a general track Ph.D student working with Dr. Megan Gunnar and Dr. Dan Berry. My primary research interests surround the psychophysiology of self-regulation through development. I am particularly interested in how chronic stress early in life shapes the autonomic nervous system, HPA axis, and brain and how these changes influence physiological, cognitive, and behavioral regulation. I am also interested in how mindfulness may be a tool for modifying self-regulatory functions.

Selected Publications

  1. Leneman, K., Gunnar, M. (2018). Developmental timing of stress effects on the brain. In K. Hardness & E. P. Hayden (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Stress and Mental Health. (manuscript in prep)

    Leneman, K., Desjardins, C., Donzella, B., Gunnar, M. (2017). Early adversity, puberty, and the cortisol awakening response: Evidence from a post-institutionalized sample. (manuscript in prep)