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The mission of PNGU is to identify and characterize the genetic basis of psychiatric, behavioral, and neurodevelopmental disorders and to translate these discoveries to improvements in clinical care and public health.
Lauren McGrath is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. Dr. McGrath’s research interests lie at the interface of developmental psychopathology, statistical genetics, and developmental cognitive neuroscience. Three central questions have guided her research program: (1) Etiology: What is the genetic architecture underlying child neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders, including common and rare genetic variants and gene x environment interplay? (2) Endophenotype mapping: What is the impact of identified genetic risk variants on brain function and developmental trajectories? (3) Comorbidity: What can patterns of comorbidity reveal about the nature of genetic and neuropsychological substrates that increase risk for developmental disorders? Dr. McGrath earned her B.S. and B.A. from Brandeis University in neuroscience and psychology. She earned her Ph.D. in 2009 from the University of Denver in child clinical psychology with a specialization in developmental cognitive neuroscience. She is now completing a post-doc in statistical and psychiatric genetics at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Her research uses genetic and neuropsychological methods to study various childhood disorders and their comorbidities (i.e., language & learning disabilities, ADHD, autism, anxiety disorders, OCD, and Tourette’s Syndrome). Dr. McGrath has received several awards for her work, including a dissertation research award from the American Psychological Association and career development awards from the World Congress on Psychiatric Genetics, Anxiety Disorders Association of American, International Neuropsychological Society, and the John Merck Biology of Developmental Disabilities Institute. Her work was previously supported by an individual predoctoral National Research Service Award (F31-NIDCD) and is currently supported by the Stuart T. Hauser Research Training Program in Biological and Social Psychiatry through Harvard Medical School (T32-NIMH).
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