[PROGRAM OF RESEARCH]
Laboratory of NeuroGenetics (LoNG)
Ahmad Hariri, Ph.D.
Tim Strauman, Ph.D.
Under the mentorship of Ahmad Hariri and Tim Strauman, I am investigating the impact of normative variability in parenting on neurodevelopment. I am currently focused on how parental care and protection may differentially impact amygdala response to threat in adolescence. Moving forward, I intend to examine this question more broadly, exploring the wide-spread neural circuitry impacted by various early parenting styles. My hope is to bring a cognitive neuroscience foundation to the parenting literature.
National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Section on Affective Developmental Neuroscience (SDAN)
Daniel Pine, M.D.
Andrea Gold, Ph.D.
In Danny Pine’s lab, I engaged in translational research investigating the neurobiology of pediatric and adolescent anxiety disorders. I was the lead Post-baccalaureate Fellow on two primary research projects: (1) a fear conditioning and extinction recall functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study in anxious and non-anxious youths and adults, and (2) an fMRI study examining functional connectivity at rest in anxious and non-anxious children. Working in Danny's lab enabled me to participate in the research process from start to finish.
Early Childhood Cognition
Tamar Kushnir, Ph.D.
In Tamar Kushnir's lab, I studied mechanisms of causal and conceptual learning in young children. During my two years in the ECCL, I gained essential & basic research skills via recruitment, screening and scheduling, and data acquisition. During my senior year, I co-lead a project investigating the language preschoolers use to describe causal events. It was through this lab that I discovered my enthusiasm for working with children.
- Farber, M.J., Romer, A.R., Kim, M.J., Knodt, A.R., Elsayed, N.M., Williamson, D.E., Hariri, A.R. (Under review). Paradoxical Associations Between Higher Familial Warmth, Lower Stress, and Increased Amygdala Reactivity to Interpersonal Threat. Emotion.
- Gold, A. L., Shechner, T., Farber, M. J., Spiro, C. N., Leibenluft, E., Pine, D. S. and Britton, J. C. (2016), Amygdala–Cortical Connectivity: Associations with Anxiety, Development, and Threat. Depress Anxiety, 33: 917–926.
- Dorfman, J., Benson, B., Farber, M., Pine, D., & Ernst, M. (2016). Altered striatal intrinsic functional connectivity in pediatric anxiety. Neuropsychologia, 85, 159–168.
- Farber, M.J., Romer, A.L., Elliott, M.L., Radtke, S.R., Knodt, A.R., Hariri, A.R. (2017, May). Family functioning and amygdala reactivity to threat: affective responsiveness as a protective buffer. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Sciences and Cognitive Therapies 29th Annual Meeting, Boston, MA.
- Farber, M.J., Gold, A.L., Ronkin, E., Britton, J.C., Leibenluft, E., Pine, D.S. (2015, Nov). Threat appraisal during extinction recall in pediatric and adult anxiety disorders: an fMRI replication study. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 49th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.
- Farber, M. J. (2013, Nov). The negative side effects of atypical antipsychotics. Poster presented at the Cornell Undergraduate Research Board (CURB) 3rd Annual Fall Research Forum, Ithaca, NY.