Gwen Lawson

Area of Study: 
Psychology
Research Interests: 
environmental factors and neuro-cognitive systems that mediate socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement and socio-emotional adjustment
Advisor: 
Martha Farah

Gwen Lawson is a second-year Ph.D. student in Clinical Psychology.  She is interested in the ways that environmental factors related to childhood socioeconomic status (SES) influence brain development, and hopes to study the mechanisms that contribute to socioeconomic disparities in academic achievement and socio-emotional adjustment.  She is currently working on a project investigating the relationship between SES, executive function, and academic achievement among healthy children.  She earned her bachelors degree in Human Biology from Stanford University in 2009.  Before beginning graduate school, she spent two years teaching high school Biology in Eastern North Carolina.