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Developmental Science

Research increasingly shows that the sizable mental health disparity affecting LGBTQ people begins to emerge early in development and is well-established by late adolescence. Our lab uses several longitudinal cohort studies and epidemiological analyses to bring unparalleled rigor to the search for early causes of these disparities. Our research has even identified sexual orientation differences in neural reactivity and behavioral responses to rejection and acceptance in adolescence. In research funded by the NIH, we work with colleagues in developmental and clinical science to develop programs to help families of LGBTQ young people strengthen their attachment and build healthier bonds.