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Denise Werchan, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Denise's research broadly examines how human brain and cognitive development is shaped by experience in the presence of risk and opportunity. In her postdoctoral work, Denise is particularly interested in how early environmental and sociocultural contexts, including variations in caregiving behaviors, stress/adversity, and maternal health, shape trajectories of neurodevelopment. She examines these questions using behavioral paradigms, eye tracking, secondary data sets, and neuroimaging methods, including fNIRS and EEG.

Denise Werchan, PhD



Brown University

Ph.D. in Cognitive Science


Brown University

Sc.M. in Psychology


University of Arizona

B.S. in Psychology, summa cum laude with Honors

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