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Autumn Kujawa

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology and Human Development

Autumn Kujawa, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in Psychology and Human Development at Vanderbilt University and director of the Mood, Emotion, & Development Lab. She earned her Ph.D. from Stony Brook University and completed her clinical internship and postdoctoral fellowship in the neuroscience of mental health at the University of Illinois at Chicago. 

Dr. Kujawa's research examines how children and adolescents process and respond to emotion, and the ways in which alterations in emotional processing may contribute to the development of mood disorders. Her work focuses on a range of emotions, including reward responsiveness, threat reactivity and regulation, and sensitivity to social feedback. Within these areas, she aims to:

  1. Refine measurement of these processes, integrating self-report, behavioral, physiological, and imaging methods.
  2. Chart the development of emotion in order to better understand the emergence of mood disorders within the context of typical development.
  3. Identify alterations in emotional processing that contribute to vulnerability for mood disorders in combination with stress, certain parenting styles, and neurobiological mechanisms.
  4. Improve long-term outcomes for children and adolescents by identifying more specific targets for treatment and predictors of treatment response.