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Nim Tottenham

Associate Professor, Adjunct in the Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine



Nim Tottenham, Ph.D. uses magnetic resonance imaging and behavioral methods to examine the development of the human amygdala and its neural connections and associated emotional development, including emotional reactivity and management with the aim of identifying sensitive periods for human amygdala-cortical development. She examines limbic-cortical development in both typical groups of children and adolescents and those who have experienced early life adversity. She is a recipient of the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology, the National Institute of Mental Health Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) Award, and the Developmental Science Early Career Researcher Prize. She received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Barnard College of Columbia University and her doctoral degree from the University of Minnesota. She received postdoctoral training from the Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology at Weill Cornell Medical College. More information on her research and laboratory can be found at:

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