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Adrienne VanZomeren

5th Year Doctoral Student
B.A. Biology and Psychology, Summa Cum Laude with Albion College Honors, Albion College, 2007

Interests: Bio/neuropsychology, developmental psychopathology, parent-child relationships, trauma/maltreatment, prevention/intervention. 

Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science Track


Broadly I am interested in the intersection of biology and psychology, particularly in understanding environment-mediated initiation and progression of psychopathology in children exposed to trauma. I would like to focus my research on understanding multiple levels of developmental psychopathology, including the contribution of genetics and parent-child relationships, with a focus on identifying different developmental trajectories for children exposed to similar environments, and translating this knowledge into therapeutic advances.

Before coming to ICD I worked for four years in different areas: medical and molecular genetics (Notre Dame University), therapy for at-risk families (Family and Children’s Center of Mishawaka, IN), epigenetics (University of Michigan School of Public Health), and trauma intervention (University of Michigan Clinical Psychology). I hope to draw from all of these areas to improve the lives of children exposed to trauma and help promote resilience in these populations.

When I'm not working, I enjoy running, relaxing with my family, and drinking chai tea lattes.