Child Adaptation and Neurodevelopment (CAN) Lab

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4/30/2018 : Mindy Brown receives the Clayton Award for research on underrepresented groups for her masters thesis titled "An Experimental Test of the Effects of Acute Stress and Parental Bonding History on Maternal Sensitivity” Congratulations, Mindy!


4/2018 : Luciana Salmi was selected to receive a travel award from the Office of Undergraduate Research. Congratulations, Luciana!


4/2018 : Congratulations to postdoctoral scholar Betty Lin for receiving the Postdoc Travel Assistance Award to travel to the International Congress on Infant Studies from the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs!


3/2018 : Congratulations to Courtney Stormann, former undergraduate RA, for her acceptance at Rutgers University School of Social Work! We’ll miss you, Courtney!


3/2018 : Congratulations to Mindy Brown who received the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Research-related Travel support for her participation at the International Congress on Infant Studies!


3/2018 : Mindy Brown, a graduate student in the CAN Lab, was awarded $500 from the CSBS Graduate Research-Related Travel Support program. Congratulations, Mindy!


3/2018 : Ashley Allen was selected to complete the intensive Summer Program for Undergraduate Research (SPUR) under the mentorship of Dr. Elisabeth Conradt. Congratulations, Ashley!


3/2018 : 2018 Luciana Salmi receives a grant from Psi Chi to travel to the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association Convention. Congratulations, Luciana!


Undergraduate Honors student Luciana Salmi presents her honors thesis at “Research on Capitol Hill day” to our state senators and congressmen. Congratulations, Luciana!

3/2018 : Undergraduate Honors student Luciana Salmi presents her honors thesis at “Research on Capitol Hill day” to our state senators and congressmen. Congratulations, Luciana!


Nila Shakiba, Bruce Ellis’s student and a contributor to the CAN Lab, successfully proposes her Masters thesis entitled, “Biological sensitivity to context: An exploratory test of the hypothesized relation between early adversity and stress responsivity.”

3/2018 : Nila Shakiba, Bruce Ellis’s student and a contributor to the CAN Lab, successfully defends her Masters thesis entitled, “Biological sensitivity to context: An exploratory test of the hypothesized relation between early adversity and stress responsivity.” Congratulations, Nila!


2/2018 : Postdoctoral scholar Betty Lin accepted an offer for a child clinical tenure-track assistant professor position at SUNY Albany! Congratulations, Betty!


2/2018 : Liz Conradt receives the World Association for Infant Mental Health New Investigator Award. Congratulations, Liz!


2/2018 Luciana Salmi’s honors thesis, “Examining the Combined Effects of Social Support and Maternal Prenatal Mood on Newborn Neurobehavior”, has been accepted to the Rocky Mountain Psychological Association meeting in Denver, Colorado. Luciana also received travel grants from Psi Chi and the Office for Undergraduate Research to present her findings. Congratulations, Luciana!


12/2017 Marilynn Santana receives the prestigious Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award for a research project to be completed under the mentorship of Dr. Bruce Ellis. Congratulations, Marilynn!


Dr. Conradt speaks at a conference honoring Dr. T. Berry Brazelton¹s legacy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.Dr. Conradt speaks at a conference honoring Dr. T. Berry Brazelton¹s legacy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston.

10/21/2017 Dr. Conradt speaks at a conference honoring Dr. T. Berry Brazelton¹s legacy at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. She had the pleasure of meeting one of her idols, Dr. T. Berry Brazelton!


9/2017 Luciana Salmi receives the Osher re-entry scholarship from the University of Utah. Congratulations, Luciana!


9/2017 Luciana Salmi received the “Francis Family Foundation Undergraduate Research Opportunities” scholarship for her project, entitled Does The Effect Of Prenatal Anxiety On Newborn Behavior Depend On Maternal Social Support?. Congratulations, Luciana!


9/2017 Brendan Ostlund receives the Society for Research in Child Development Dissertation Funding Award. Congratulations, Brendan!


8/2017 Luciana Salmi and Nicolle Eldredge receive the prestigious Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program (UROP) award for their respective research projects. Congrats, Luciana and Nicolle!


8/2017 Samantha Llewellyn receives the Undergraduate Psychology Service Internship (UPSI) award for her internship placement at Utah Community Action. Congrats Sam!


Dr. Conradt receives the Society for Research in Child Development Early Career Research Contributions Award!

7/2017 Elisabeth Conradt receives the Kucharski Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. This award recognizes a promising young investigator in the field of Developmental Psychobiology.


4/17/2017 Dr. Conradt receives the Society for Research in Child Development Early Career Research Contributions Award!


5/19/2016 Brendan Ostlund receives funding to collect pilot data for his NRSA proposal from the Consortium for Families and Health Research (C-FAHR) at the University of Utah!


4/21/2016 Ashma Shrestha has been awarded a Ronald E. McNair Scholarship to continue her research in the CAN Lab for the next 2 years. Congratulations, Ashma!


3/30/2016 Yanping Jiang receives the 2016 Society for Research on Adolescence International Young Scholars Program Award provided by the Jacobs Foundation to fund her travel and participation at the 2016 Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research on Adolescence in Baltimore, Maryland!


3/30/2016 Brendan Ostlund receives the Clayton Award for Excellence in Graduate Research from the University of Utah. The funds will be used to support his training in infant EEG with Martha Ann Bell and for pilot data for his F31 NRSA proposal!


3/28/2016 Nicolle Eldredge receives a $5000 Psychology Department Tuition Waiver Scholarship.


2/13/2016 Zero to three describing Dr. Conradt’s research on the buffering effect of maternal sensitivity on infant epigenetic outcomes. Learn more.


1/10/2016 Abby Bossart has been named a Student Innovator at the University of Utah! She is recognized for her outstanding academic progress and her commitment to working with refugee women. Congratulations, Abby! More information here.


12/19/2015 Liz Conradt received the Association for Psychological Science “Rising Star” award. The rising star designation “recognizes outstanding psychological scientists in the earliest stages of their research career whose innovative work has already advanced the field and signals great potential for their continued contributions.” More information can be found here.


12/1/2015 Liz Conradt received the Victoria S. Levin Grant for Early Career Success in Young Children’s Mental Health Research. The aim of the award is to “heighten the chances of early success in achieving federal funding for developmentally-informed research that addresses the early foundations of children’s mental health and well-being.” More information about the award can be found here.


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