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Principal Investigator

Canan Karatekin, Ph.D.

Canan Karatekin is an associate professor at the Institute of Child Development. She has a BA in Psychology from Harvard College, and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from UCLA. She studied cognitive impairments in children with youth-onset psychosis or ADHD for many years. However, in 5/2011, she decided to shift her research focus to the child welfare system and later broadened her area to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) in general. She's particularly interested in community-based services for individuals with ACEs and policies regarding these services.

Canan Karatekin


Graduate Students

Michelle Brown, M.A.

Michelle is a 4thyear graduate student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science PhD program. She is interested in understanding the influence of modifiable social and physiological factors on the developmental trajectory and outcomes of maltreated and victimized children and the implications this has for prevention and intervention. Michelle is involved with the study on parent- and sibling-directed aggression and is the lead investigator for the study examining factors that predict revictimization.



Maria Hill, B.A.

Maria is a 1st year graduate student in the General Developmental Psychology Ph.D. program. Previously researching moral development as an undergraduate, she is interested in studying the interventions and outcomes related to adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), as well as resilience. She is involved with the study on ACEs and predictors of intervention response in college students.

Maria Hill

Brandon Almy, B.S.

Brandon is a 3rd year graduate student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science Ph.D. program. He is involved with the study on electronic health records of maltreated children. He is also interested in the intersection of executive function, emotion regulation, and decision-making among adolescents.

Brandon Almy


Undergraduate and Post-Graduate Students

Allison Anding

Allison Anding is a junior working toward a B.S. in Child Psychology at the University of Minnesota. Outside of school, Allison works as a Direct Care Professional at ACR Homes. After graduation, she will continue her education in order to pursue a career as a clinical child psychologist. She has a particular interest in cognitive and social development from early to middle childhood and is passionate about bettering early education programs. Her research motivation comes from the desire to write educational materials for parents and elementary educators that will aid in early intervention for high-risk children.



Other students working in the lab include....

Alyssa Krueger, Ellen Anderson, Maya Bauer, Nikole Hagen, Julia Hong, Hee Jeong Kim, Jia Yuan Teoh, and Min Xu.