Research Departments & Organizations
Dr. Dettmer's researches early life factors that shape individual differences in development. She studies cognitive, social, and behavioral outcomes 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. She aims to link this activity to children's social and cognitive development. In nonhuman primates, Dr. Dettmer studies rhesus monkeys as models of child development. Here, she studies how prenatal and postnatal factors influence an individual's risk or resilience to chronic stress, and later socio-cognitive development. Dr. Dettmer studies primates across the lifespan to understand intergenerational effects of early life experiences.