College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Investigator, Social and Affective Processes Unit
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences), 1997,
University of Rochester
I am a developmental psychopathologist. My students and I are interested in
understanding the mechanisms through which children's experiences
increase biobehavioral development and vulnerability for behavioral disorders. The goal of our work is to use
psychopathological processes to help us to understand relative contributions
of "nature" and "nurture" to human development and the role of social experience on brain development. These studies seek to understand
children's adaptive and maladaptive behaviors by exploring the developmental processes linking emotion, neural plasticity, and mental health.
|Pollak, S.D. (2005). Early adversity and mechanisms of plasticity: Integrating affective neuroscience with developmental approaches to psychopathology. Development and Psychopathology, 17: 735-752
|Pollak, S.D., Vardi, S., Bechner, A.M.P., and Curtin, J.J. (2005). Physically abused children's regulation of attention in response to hostility. Child Development, 76(5): 968-977.
|Wismer Fries, A.B., Ziegler, T.E., Kurian, J.R., Jacoris, S. and Pollak, S.D. (2005). Early experience in humans is associated with changes in neuropeptides critical for regulating social behavior. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102:17237-17240.
|Wismer Fries, A.B. and Pollak, S.D. (2004). Emotion understanding in postinstitutionalized Eastern European children. Development and Psychopathology, 16:355-369.
|Pollak, S.D., & Sinha, P. (2002). Effects of Early Experience on Children's Recognition of Facial Displays of Emotion. Developmental Psychology, 38, 784-791.