ISDP Board Member, 3-year term (2022 – 2024)
Heather Brenhouse, Ph.D.
Director of Undergraduate Education
Northeastern University, Boston, USA
Dr. Heather Brenhouse is currently Associate Professor of Psychology at Northeastern University, where she directs the Developmental Neuropsychobiology Lab. She is excited to join the ISDP board and further the organization’s mission of encouraging and disseminating science related to perinatal development, childhood, and adolescence, which is critically important for a comprehensive understanding of the brain and behavior. If elected, Dr. Brenhouse will be committed to professional development for young investigators, public engagement, and the showcasing of sex-specific developmental trajectories at ISDP. Dr. Brenhouse received her B.S. from Binghamton University, working with the late Dr. Linda Spear. She received a Master’s degree from Rutgers University under Dr. Judy Stern, and a Ph.D. from Northeastern University under Dr. Jim Stellar. She conducted her postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School working with Dr. Susan Andersen. Her current research program uses behavioral, molecular, and neuroimaging strategies to investigate how early-life adversity alters periadolescent development of threat processing systems, including brain and immune signaling. Dr. Brenhouse has received two Young Investigator Awards from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, has been funded by NICHD, and is currently funded by NIMH. She has been honored to train and mentor future developmentalists in her own lab and around the world, and she is excited to support the ISDP mission of training the next generation of scientists to use developmental perspectives.
Student Member Representative, 2 Year Term (2022 – 2023)
Vida Rebello, Doctoral Candidate
Developing Brains Laboratory, University of California, Irvine
Irvine, California, USA/Goa, India
Vida is a Ph.D. candidate in the Developing Brains Laboratory at the University of California, Irvine. She is eager to serve an associate member representative as she hopes to work towards interdisciplinary inclusivity among members of the society by cultivating and nurturing sustainable connections aligned with the ISDP’s purpose to encourage research on developmental mechanisms. She studies the impact of epidemiological, clinical, and laboratory findings in children exposed to prenatal conditions like preeclampsia/eclampsia and maternal substance use to understand subsequent effects on childhood developmental risks. She uses biomarkers (MRI, salivary biomarkers) to elucidate neuroendocrine disruptors in mother-child dyads. The overarching aim of her research is to help contribute to the strengthening of health systems globally on child health outcomes. Vida has previously worked with the United Nations Foundation to address child vaccination coverage. She has also worked as a physical therapist in India in early intervention measures.