Research & Publications
As a clinician scientist, I use an infant mental health framework to study mechanisms underlying— and interventions addressing— the intergenerational transmission of addiction and adversity with a specific focus on maternal brain plasticity. My program of translational research specifically examines 1) the impact of addiction and adversity on maternal neural responses to infant signals; 2) the overlap of maternal addiction, adversity, and attachment and how these intersecting experiences relate to multiple dimensions of caregiving; and 3) the efficacy of an evidence-based parenting intervention for mothers with addictions: Mothering from the Inside Out (MIO).
Child Guidance; Psychology, Child; Community Mental Health Services; Parent-Child Relations; Psychology, Clinical; Psychotherapy; Parenting; Substance-Related Disorders; Psychology, Developmental; Trauma and Stressor Related Disorders
Public Health Interests
Maternal & Child Health; Mental Health; Stigma and Discrimination; Substance Use, Addiction; Health Systems Reform
- Assessment and treatment of prenatally exposed infants and childrenLowell, A. & Mayes, L. (2019). Assessment and treatment of prenatally exposed infants and children. In A. Hauptman & J. Salpekar (Eds.), Pediatric neuropsychiatry: A clinical casebook. New York, NY: Springer.
- Parental substance abuseBoris, N. W., Renk, K., Lowell, A., & Kolomeyer, E. (2018). Parental substance abuse. In C. Zeanah (Ed.), Handbook of infant mental health (Fourth edition). New York, NY: Guilford Press.
- Are schools failing our children?Renk, K., Lauer, B., McSwiggan, M., Puff, J., Weaver, R., Middleton, M., White, R., & Lowell, A. (2012). Are schools failing our children? In M. Haines & A. Pearce (Eds.), Child and school psychology. Hauppage, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.