Charlotte Heleniak

Postdoctoral Scholar

Charlotte Heleniak received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, and her Ph.D. in Child Clinical
Psychology from the University of Washington. Her program of research has focused on how
childhood adversity impacts emotion regulation and social cognition in ways that predict
adolescent psychopathology using self-report, behavioral, psychophysiological, and cognitive
neuroscience methods. Charlotte’s graduate work earned her the Top Scholar Award from the
University of Washington and the Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholar Award from the
International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her dissertation study, on how violence
exposure disrupts the neurobiological underpinnings of social cognition in adolescents, was awarded funding from both the National Institute of Mental Health and the Doris Duke
Charitable Foundation.  In the DAN Lab, Charlotte will extend her program of research to
examine how early deprivation experiences shape social cognition. As a clinical psychologist,
Charlotte is also highly skilled in the assessment and treatment of children with a range of
psychopathology, and looks forward to providing clinical consultation and training in the
context of DAN Lab research.

Contact Charlotte: ch2799@columbia.edu

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