Past CEC Scholars

Maternal substance use and intergenerational transmission of stress response: neural emotion processing and mother-child interactions

Kathleen Crum, Ph.D. 

This project explores associations between maternal substance abuse and PTSD, maternal neural emotion and reward processing, and child neural emotion and reward processing. Functional neuroimaging data collected during emotion- and reward-response tasks will be incorporated with behavioral data collected during a task assessing observed mother-child interaction quality. The project will use a novel method combining neural and behavioral data from mothers and children and will lay the groundwork for my emerging program of research in the impact of traumatic stress across generations on a neurobiological and behavioral level.