Research at the Emotion and Development Laboratory (EDL)

Our research focuses on elucidating the neural basis of affective psychopathology in youth
and applying this information to the development of novel therapeutics.

The Emotion and Development​ Lab studies the neurocognitive basis of emotional disorders in children and adolescents.  Led by Joel Stoddard, MD, we are developing new behavioral treatments based on this work.

Dr. Stoddard began his work in affective neuroscience through describing the phenotypic overlap between pediatric anxiety and irritability, followed by a large study of the shared and unique effects of each dimension, anxiety and irritability, on neural responses to social threat. This work then led to his development and feasibility testing of a cognitive retraining therapy for severe irritability that targets interpretations of social threat.

Please see our Participate and Publication pages for more information about our research.