Lauren Borchers

Graduate Student

As a Ph.D. student in the Affective Science area, I aspire to help inform clinical diagnostics for people with depression using advanced neuroimaging methods. Specifically, I am interested in how varying levels of maternal depression and anxiety impact infant white matter microstructure at birth and whether or not sensitive caregiving can serve as a protective factor. My involvement in the BABIES project consists of scanning infants and analyzing the neuroimaging data. Prior to joining the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect and Psychopathology lab, I investigated the neural bases of reading and language development in children born preterm using diffusion and quantitative MRI.