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Puberty Study

This is a study conducted by Dr. Megan Gunnar and her team at the Institute of Child Development- University of Minnesota, funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. Here, we are interested in changes in the body reflecting puberty and the body’s stress response systems.

We are especially interested in how adversity early in life and typical development might shape the body’s stress response systems. Puberty is a time of great change and we believe that it may be an opportunity to re-shape or “recalibrate” the body’s stress response systems. In this study, we will be examining how variations in early adversity (such as adoption from an institution) work with current life stress and puberty to shape cognitive and behavioral functioning. There will be 3 time points over 2 full years, with two visits at each point.

We are currently in the third year of this study and no longer recruiting.