Joel Stoddard, MD, MAS



Joel Stoddard, MD, is a board-certified child and adolescent psychiatrist at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Joel joined the faculty of the Pediatric Mental Health Institute in 2016, following a five-year appointment as a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Dr. Stoddard received his medical degree from UC-San Francisco in 2004 and completed his general psychiatry residency at UC-Davis in Sacramento, CA. Joel uses functional MRI, eye-tracking, and other cognitive neuroscience approaches to develop new treatments for mood disorders.

Anne Penner, MD


assistant professor

Anne Penner, M.D., is a full-time clinician and educator in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Children’s Hospital Colorado. Anne completed her General Psychiatry residency and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry fellowship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic in Pittsburgh, where she served as the Senior Resident Psychiatrist from 2012-2015. Dr. Penner manages all clinical matters in the Emotion and Development Lab.

Jodi Zik, MD


resident physician, child fellow

Jodi Zik, M.D., is a resident physician on the Child Psychiatry, Research, and Psychotherapy Scholars Tracks at the University of Colorado Denver Anschutz Medical Campus. Dr. Zik completed her Doctorate of Medicine at the University of Texas School of Medicine at San Antonio. Her research focuses on the heterogeneity of overarching diagnoses, transdiagnostic properties of common symptoms, and the intersection between neurobiology and clinical behavior.

Eliza Elliotte, BSc


research assistant & COORDINATOR

Eliza Elliotte joined the Emotion Development Lab in 2019. Eliza received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She is passionate about child development and has worked with toddlers to adolescents in both research and educational settings, such as Head Start. Her research interests include pediatric mental health, neurocognitive behavioral therapies, and public health.

Lab alumni

Crystal Natvig, MPH


Crystal Natvig joined the Emotion and Development Lab part-time in 2018. Crystal received her Master of Public Health with a concentration in Applied Biostatistics from the Colorado School of Public Health at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Her research interest is in statistical analysis methodologies and interpretation as it relates to gene-environment interactions, particularly in psychiatric epigenetic research. Crystal returned to her primary lab full-time in June 2019. 

Robert Evans, BSc

Robert Evans graduated from Birmingham-Southern College in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology. He joined the Emotion and Development Lab in early 2017. He is passionate about early intervention techniques for children with neurodevelopmental disorders. Robert left the Emotion and Development Lab in late 2018 to pursue educational opportunities.