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 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 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.

Our Research Team

Eliza Elliotte, BSc is the research coordinator for the Emotion and Development Lab. She received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Hollins University in Roanoke, VA. She is passionate about improving child health outcomes. Prior to joining the lab, Eliza worked with children 1 to 15 years of age in both research and educational settings. Her research interests involve the neurobiology of substance use disorders and the role of attentional bias in psychiatric disorders.

Tennyson Dahlman, BSc joined the Emotion and Development Lab as a research assistant in 2019. Tennyson received his Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Regis University in Denver, CO. His research interests include adolescent mental health and the neuropsychological underpinnings of personality and mood disorders, and associated behaviors.

Tara Trujillo is a medical student at the University of Colorado Anschutz School of Medicine. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Human Biology from Stanford University. She has worked previously in clinical research in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and brain imaging research in adolescents and young adults at high risk for developing psychosis. Her research interests lie in the neurobiology and treatment of psychiatric illnesses in adolescents and young adults.

undergraduates & ALUMNI
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