Research Goals and Interests:
Jessica is a fourth year doctoral student in the Neurobiology Curriculum at UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research focuses on understanding relationships between brain maturation and cognitive development in early postnatal life by integrating the fields of neuroscience and developmental psychology. Jessica’s interests lie broadly in understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to adaptive cognitive development and learning, with a specific focus on identifying sensitive periods of development during which deviations from typical trajectories may have the most severe long-term consequences. Jessica’s dissertation work will analyze brain-cognition relationships over time using a longitudinal dataset of neuroimaging, cognitive, and behavioral measures collected from birth to early childhood.The goal of her project is to contribute to our understanding of both the timing and impact of neurodevelopmental mechanisms on cognitive development.