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Francesca Penner, PhD

Assistant Professor Adjunct in the Child Study Center

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Francesca Penner, PhD



Francesca is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Yale Child Study Center, working under the mentorship of Dr. Helena Rutherford in the Before and After Baby Lab. Francesca received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (Clinical Child Psychology emphasis) from the University of Houston in 2021. Francesca's research focuses on parent mental health, parenting, and the role of parents in children's mental health risk and resilience. 

Education & Training

  • Clinical Psychology Internship
    University of Mississippi Medical Center (2021)
  • PhD
    University of Houston, Clinical Psychology (2021)
  • MEd
    Vanderbilt University, Child Studies (2016)
  • BA
    The University of Chicago, English Language & Literature (2009)

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