Neurobiology, Development and Psychiatric Disorders

The Stevens Lab at the Yale Child Study Center seeks to understand early brain development and its relevance to psychiatric disorders. The lab is particularly interested in understanding how prenatal stress has impacts on childhood behavior and plays a role as a risk factor for multiple psychiatric disorders. 

We use mostly basic science techniques including behavioral, molecular and neuroanatomical assessment of mouse models. We also examine prenatal stress as a risk factor in family cohorts.

Our goal is to advance mental health diagnosis and treatment of disorders across the lifespan, but particularly at the high risk times of pregnancy and early development.