Somerville speaking to Chief Justices

July, 2015

Leah Somerville will be speaking about adolescent brain development at the 2015 National Conference of Chief Justices and State Court Administrators in Omaha, Nebraska. The symposium, entitled Adolescent Brain Development: Youth Status and Juvenile Justice, is intended to teach state court justices and officials about the ways in which the adolescent brain differs from the adult brain. Her co-presenter (and colleague in the Center for Law, Brain, & Behavior) The Honorable Jay Blitzman will discuss the implications of neurodevelopment for juvenile justice policy and practices.

PhD student named Sackler Scholar

April, 2015

Alexandra Rodman, PhD student, has been selected as a 2015-2016 Sackler Scholar in Psychobiology. The Program supports research for scholars conducting psychobiological studies of direct relevance to human clinical problems. Congratulations, Alex!

Graduate student awarded NSF

April, 2015

Erik Nook, ANDL graduate student, has been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship!

Lab awarded Catalyst Grant

April, 2015

Leah Somerville (PI), Catherine Glenn, Catherine Insel, and Matthew Nock have received a grant from the Harvard Catalyst as a part of the Addressing Mental Health in the Second Decade of Life Through Translational Lifecourse Research program. This project bridges basic and clinical interests to ask whether adolescents can learn equivalently well about positive and negative events, and whether biases in valenced learning relate to symptoms of mood dysregulation in adolescence.

Undergraduate wins Herchel Smith Fellowship

March, 2015

Constanza Vidal Bustamante, Junior Psychology concentrator, has been selected as an awardee of the Herchel Smith-Harvard Summer Undergraduate Science Research Program. These prestigious awards fully support the research of talented and promising undergraduates conducting substantive research projects in the life, physical, and engineering sciences for ten weeks in the summer. Cony will use these funds to conduct her senior thesis in the laboratory over the summer. Congratulations, Cony!

Two ANDL Members Receive Teaching Awards

March, 2015


Katherine Powers (Postdoc & College Fellow) & Alexandra Rodman (PhD student) have received the Harvard University Certificate of Distinction in Teaching in recognition of their teaching in the Fall 2014 Semester. Congratulations, Katie and Alex!

Stephanie Sasse receives HILT Spark Grant

March, 2015

Stephanie Sasse, the lab's Outreach Coordinator, has received a Spark Grant from the Harvard Initiative of Teaching and Learning. Over the year, she will develop an online and course module to build scientific literacy skills in collaboration with Professors Leah Somerville and Todd Rose. Congratulations, Stephanie!

Somerville awarded NSF CAREER Grant

March, 2015

Leah Somerville has received a Faculty Early Career Development (CAREER) Award from the National Science Foundation. 

Somerville wins McGuigan Prize

February, 2015

Leah Somerville has been awarded the F. J. McGuigan Early Career Investigator Research Prize on Understanding the Human Mind from the American Psychological Foundation. This prize is awarded biannually "to support research that aims to advance, both empirically and theoretically, a materialistic understanding of the human mind.”

ANDL welcomes sabbatical visitor

September, 2014

The lab welcomes Dr. Hackjin Kim, Associate Professor of Psychology and Director of the Laboratory of Social & Decision Sciences at Korea University. He will be teaching us about decision science while we will be teaching him about development. Welcome, Hackjin!