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PhD - Developmental Psychology McMaster University - 2017
BSc - Psychology University of Toronto - 2012
My research focuses on understanding how individual differences in social and emotional development shape mental and physical health. I have conducted interdisciplinary studies that investigate individual differences linked to children's and adolescents’ temperament (e.g., shyness) and exposures to early adversities (e.g. child maltreatment and neglect). This work aims to identify neural, biological, and social processes (e.g., neural correlates in processing social information, friendships, health behaviors, inflammation) that alter risk and resilient trajectories to enhance our understanding of developmental risk factors and ability to implement prevention strategies. To do this work, my research lab uses multiple neural and behavioral measures (e.g., EEG, lab observations) in experimental and observational studies.
Tang, A., Harrewijn, A., Benson, B., Haller, S.P., Guyer, A.E., Perez-Edgar, K., Stringaris, A., Ernst, M., Brotman, M.A., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2022). Striatal activity to reward anticipation as a moderator of the relation between early behavioral inhibition and changes in anxiety and depressive symptoms from adolescence to adulthood. JAMA Psychiatry, 79(12), 1199-1208. - publications
Zeytinoglu, S., Tang, A., Zeanah, C.H., Nelson, C.A., Almas, A., & Fox, N.A. (2022). Effects of foster care intervention and caregiving quality on the bidirectional development of executive functions and social skills following institutional rearing. Developmental Science, e13309. - publications
Bas-Hoogendam, J., 50+ Contributors from individual sites, & Pine, D.S. (In press). Structural brain correlates of childhood inhibited temperament: An ENIGMA-Anxiety mega-analysis. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. - publications
Tang, A., Fox, N.A., Slopen, N. (2022). Examination of early childhood temperament of shyness and social avoidance and associations with cardiometabolic health in young adulthood. JAMA Network Open, 5(1), e2144727-e2144727. - publications
Tang, A., McLaughlin, K.A., Sheridan, M., Nelson, C.A., Zeanah, C.H., & Fox, N.A. (2022). Autonomic reactivity to social rejection and the buffering effects of adolescent friendships on social problems following early psychosocial deprivation. Emotion, 22, 318-330. - publications
Tang, A., Lahat, A., Crowley, M.J., Wu, J., & Schmidt, L.A. (2021). Children’s shyness and neural responses to social exclusion: Patterns of midfrontal theta power usually not observed until adolescence. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 21, 1262-1275. - publications
Tang, A., Almas, A., Zeytinoglu, S., Zeanah, C.H., Nelson, C.A., & Fox, N.A. (2021). Long-term effects of institutional rearing and enhanced attachment relationships on close adolescent friendships. Child Development, 92(6), 2431–2446. - publications
Oddo, L.E., Meinzer, M.C., Tang, A., Murphy, J.G., Vasko, J.M., Lejuez, C.W., & Chronis-Tuscano, A. (2021). Enhanced brief motivational intervention for college student drinkers with ADHD: Goal directed activation as a mechanism of change. Behavior Therapy, 52(5), 1198-1212. - publications
Assistant Professor University of Texas at Dallas [2022–Present]
Post Doctoral Fellow University of Maryland [2017–2022]
Adjunct Instructor Catholic University of America [2021–2022]