2021 David Kucharski Young Investigator Award, Kathryn Leigh Humphreys, Ph.D., Ed.M.

Kathryn Leigh Humphreys, Ph.D., Ed.M., | she/her, Assistant Professor of Psychology and Human Development, Vanderbilt University, Peabody College and Vanderbilt Brain Institute; Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Nashville, USA

Dr. Kathryn Humphreys is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Human Development at Peabody and an investigator in the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. She is a member of the Vanderbilt Brain Institute, and holds a secondary faculty appointment in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. Prior to coming to Vanderbilt, Dr. Humphreys received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles, completed a clinical predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowship in Infant Mental Health at the Tulane University School of Medicine, and completed a research postdoctoral followship at Stanford University.

Dr. Humphreys’s research program has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, Jacobs Foundation, and the Caplan Foundation. As director of the Stress and Early Adversity Lab, her team’s work centers on three interrelated goals: (1) to improve the characterization of early experiences, (2) to trace the impact of those experiences on long-term outcomes, and (3) conduct interventions to improve children’s early experiences. This collaborative research uses tools from engineering and neuroscience, and uses a lifespan perspective to study pregnant people (and their partners), infants, children, and adolescents.