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Developmental maturation and individual differences in reward processing and behavioral inhibition
Neural systems implicated in various aspects of reward processing and inhibitory control undergo dramatic changes from childhood to adulthood. These developmental shifts have important implications for understanding risky decision-making as well as the etiology of numerous psychiatric problems including substance use disorders. My program of research, which incorporates functional and structural imaging, advanced psychometrics, and experimental paradigms, seeks to identify the neurobiological substrates that contribute to developmental shifts in reward processing and inhibitory control as well as individual differences in these constructs. Current research projects in my lab focus to a large extent on adolescent development and substance use risk.