Research Departments & Organizations
Dr. Dettmer's research focuses on early life factors, both environmental and genetic, that shape individual differences in cognitive, social, and behavioral development in both human and non-human primates. In humans, she is beginning to research how the school environment shapes long-term hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis activity, measured via hair cortisol, and associated socio-cognitive development. In nonhuman primates, Dr. Dettmer studies rhesus monkeys as models of child development to study how the prenatal and early postnatal environments shape an individual's risk or resilience to chronic stress and subsequent socio-cognitive development. Dr. Dettmer studies primates across the lifespan to understand intergenerational effects of early life experiences.