Sarah Ordaz

Sarah received her PhD in Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh and completed her Child Clinical Psychology internship at the University of Washington. She has previously examined developmental trajectories of brain development in healthy youth, and is currently examining how trajectories of brain development diverge in youth who go on to develop depression. This research focuses on the pubertal transition in order to clarify how gonadal hormones shape neurodevelopmental processes to contribute to the emergence and persistence of depression in adolescence. She is also examining how positive parenting may protect adolescents from maladaptive neurodevelopmental pathways. Sarah’s research is funded by the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation, the Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, and an NIMH K01 award.