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Pediatric Population Neuro Imaging

Tonya White, MD, PhD, Associate professor

Tonya White

The last two decades have seen an exponential growth in the use of MRI to study the neurobiology of typical development and disorders affecting the brain. The tenets for my work are that developmental and psychiatric disorders emerge within the context of brain development, yet little is known about the developmental trajectories of these disorders and their point of divergence from typical developmental trajectories. In addition, there is little known about the how environmental influences during prenatal and early life can influence neurodevelopment. Thus, it is the goal of my research team to carefully map neurodevelopment in typical developing children and those at-risk for an emerging cognitive, behavioral, or psychiatric disorders. In addition, we are very interested in studying environmental factors that influence brain development.