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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.
Dr. Pollastri is a graduate of Duke University (BA, Psychology and Biological Anthropology) and Clark University (MA and PhD, Clinical Psychology). Her research interests include the ways in which the chronic stress of a low-income, urban environment may interact with genes to influence psychopathology. Dr. Pollastri is completing a post-doctoral fellowship in psychiatric genetics and clinical neuroscience at MGH, and has developed a research program in aggression genetics in order to elucidate the biological and environmental influences on pathological aggression and related disorders (e.g., conduct disorder, intermittent explosive disorder, and antisocial personality disorder).
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