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Kim Carpenter, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Associate, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science


Dr. Carpenter is a translational neuroscientist studying brain development in the first 5 years of life, the period when the brain is undergoing the greatest rate of change, and how changes in the brain during this period influence the emergence of emotion regulation and social skills. The goal of her program of work is twofold: 1) to understand how alterations in the neural systems underlying emotion regulation and social skills contribute to the etiology and pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, emphasizing autism and anxiety, and 2) to identify novel, neurobiologically informed, markers for early identification and treatment of these disorders. Dr. Carpenter has a Ph.D in Neurobiology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a bachelor of science in biology with a minor in chemistry, and a bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.

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