Laura Stroud, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychiatry and human behavior at Brown Medical School and The Miriam Hospital. Her broad research interests include physiological responses to stress, biobehavioral mechanisms in nicotine dependence and sex differences in depression. Stroud currently has two lines of research: the first focuses on the effects of maternal smoking during pregnancy on physiological (adrenocortical) responses to stress in adolescents and infants; the second focuses on sex differences in physiological responses to stress and depression over puberty.

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My research focuses on neuroendocrine and neurobehavioral stress response (dys)regulation over development and as a mechanism underlying the intergenerational transmission of affective and addictive disorders. My work focuses on risk for two key disorders: a) depression and b) smoking/nicotine dependence and two critical periods of development: a) transition from middle childhood to adolescence, and b) transition from the fetal to the neonatal periods. Within adolescence, I am investigating dysregulation of the stress response as a mechanism underlying the emergence of gender differences in depression over adolescence. In particular, I have a strong interest in biological sensitivity to social rejection as a vulnerability marker for depression. Within the fetal/neonatal period, I am examining effects of maternal smoking and depression during pregnancy on fetal and infant neurobehavior and stress response. I have also begun to investigate biological pathways linking maternal smoking/depression with offspring neurobehavior, with a focus on placental neuroendocrine regulation.

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Associate Professor of Psychiatry/Human Behavior (Research)
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Phone: +1 401 793 8194
E-mail: Laura_Stroud@Brown.EDU

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On The Web:
Undergrad's data-mining yields significant findings on sleep and stress (GSJ of April 12, 2002)
NARSAD Young Investigator

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Collaborators at other institutions:
Ronald Dahl, M.D.
Megan Gunnar, Ph.D.
Douglas Granger, Ph.D.
Eric Nelson, Ph.D.
Daniel Pine, M.D.
Lauren Wakschlag, Ph.D.
Jennifer Silk, Ph.D.
Raymond Niaura, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Richardson, Ph.D.

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