Awards and achievements (2)

  • Jul 2010
    NICHD R01 HD065819: Intranasal oxytocin: A neuropharmacological intervention for maternal neglect?
  • Apr 2010
    NIDA R01 DA026437: Maternal brain and behavioral responses to infant cues in cocaine exposed mothers


My research and clinical work focuses on the neurobiology of mother-infant attachment, and neurodevelopmental disabilities such as autism. This includes a longitudinal study of women and their infants, examining maternal brain and hormone responses to infant facial expressions using functional MRI. My most recent research funded by the NIH examines maternal brain responses of drug-addicted mothers, and the potential role of intranasal oxytocin to enhance maternal caregiving.

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