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Alexis Broussard

Graduate Student

Alexis graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2020 with a B.A. in psychology. Among the first few undergraduates to join the EDEN Lab team, she completed her honors thesis under Dr. Waller's mentorship employing computerized tasks to test the Sensitivity to Threat and Affiliative Reward (STAR) model of callous-unemotional trait development in children. Following graduation, Alexis joined Dr. Dylan Gee’s Clinical Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab (CANDLab) at Yale University. As a clinical research coordinator for the Supportive Parenting for Anxious Childhood Emotions (SPACE) clinical trial, she became interested in probing underlying mechanisms that may drive the presence of co-occurring externalizing problems in these children. As a result, she delved into independent research exploring the neurobiological correlates of anxiety and aggression in pre-adolescents. Alexis rejoined the EDEN Lab in 2023 as a clinical psychology graduate student and aims to continue investigating the developmental correlates of aggression in children with both primary (low anxiety) and secondary (high anxiety) callous-unemotional traits. Her ultimate goal is to leverage this knowledge to inform preventative interventions for children and families. Outside of the lab, she enjoys traveling to and exploring new cities, kickboxing, and attending cocktail-making classes.

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