2024 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award, Anna Vannucci

Anna Vannucci, MS
Graduate Student
Columbia University
Graduate School of Arts and Sciences
Department of Psychology (Schermerhorn Hall)
Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
1190 Amsterdam Avenue, MC 5501
New York, NY 10027
Anna Vannucci is a doctoral candidate in Psychology at Columbia University, where she works in the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab (DANLab) under the mentorship of Dr. Nim Tottenham. Before pursuing her doctoral studies, Anna received a B.A. in Psychology from the College of the Holy Cross and an M.S. in Clinical Psychology from the Uniformed Services University. She spent a decade conducting research in clinical child psychology. This work inspired her to pursue a career in developmental neuroscience to understand how early environments shape the neurobiology of human emotional development. Anna is currently a D-SPAN Scholar and was previously a Fulbright Scholar. Her work has been supported by the American Psychological Foundation, International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, and National Institutes of Health. Anna’s research broadly asks: how is brain development influenced by early interpersonal (i.e., caregiving) adversity, and what affective knowledge is represented within these altered circuits? To address these questions, she leverages experimental, neuroimaging, machine learning, and experience sampling methods. Anna’s dissertation aims to determine how adaptations in midline cortico-subcortical circuitry following early adversity represent the interpersonal-affective “attachment” schemas learned during early caregiving experiences. Anna’s long-term goal is to lead an interdisciplinary research team that investigates the developmental neurocomputational mechanisms that link early-life adversity to affective behaviors.

Past ISDP Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award Winners:


2023 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award Winner:Emily Cohodes, PhD Candidate, Clinical Psychology, Clinical Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab, Yale University, New Haven, USA

2022 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award Winner: Sofia (Sofi) I Cardenas
Doctoral Student, Cli
nical Science 
University of Southern California   
Pronouns: She/Her


2021 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award Winner: Mariann A. Howland, M.A. (she/her/hers), Doctoral Student | Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow, University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development

2020 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award Winner: Denise M. Werchan, Dept. of Cognitive, Linguistic, and Psychological Sciences, Brown University

2019 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator 

Award Winner: Raha Hassan, Department of Psychology, Neuroscience & Behaviour, McMasters University

2018 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award Winner: Michelle VanTieghem, Columbia University, New York, United States

2017 Sandra G. Wiener Student Investigator Award Winner: Kristie L. Poole, McMaster University