Dr. Caitlin Hudac
Director, Brain Research Across Development (B-RAD) Lab
Assistant Professor, Center for Youth Development and Intervention
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology
University of Chicago, A.B. ('05, Human Development)
University of Nebraska, Ph.D. ('14, Developmental Psychology)
Research interests: I study how factors within early infancy and childhood affect brain development and may have consequences for developmental trajectories. It is critical to characterize brain correlates of healthy (or "normative") development in order to accelerate our understanding of mechanisms of atypical development. Our lab seeks to capture patterns of learning and cognition associated with neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), intellectual disability (ID), and social anxiety disorder (SAD). We evaluate possible factors -- including genetic etiology with a focus on deleterious mutations and specific connections to individual (behavioral) differences.
Prospective graduate students for Fall 2021:
Yes, I am taking graduate applicants for the Experimental program (but not child clinical or clinical this year)
Fun facts: You often will find me at a coffee shop (non-COVID times) or out in the woods with my bike. And despite our current track record, B-RAD graduate students are not required to love Pittsburgh sports.
Current Graduate students
Graduate Student, Clinical Child Psychology
Emory University, B.S. ('17 Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology)
Research Interests: I am interested in using EEG/ERP and eye tracking methodologies to better understand mechanisms of atypical development in children with neurodevelopmental disorders and also as a marker of treatment success when paired with implementation of intervention strategies in these populations.
Fun facts: I own a horse, love outdoor activities, and I am a huge Pittsburgh sports fan!