Leslie Roos

Grad Student

Leslie Roos is a doctoral student working the in Stress Neurobiology and Prevention (SNAP) lab, under the mentorship of Dr. Phil Fisher. Leslie is broadly interested in developing biologically-informed models of how early adversity alters the development of self-regulation and inhibitory control. In Leslie’s graduate work, she has investigated how a variety of early life stressors (prenatal substance exposure, maltreatment, maternal depression) predict neural functioning during inhibitory control tasks using both fMRI and EEG techniques. Her dissertation research aims to understand how repeated exposure to individual stressors may manifest in disrupted regulatory processes. Specifically, Leslie is examining how differences in young children’s behavioral and biological (endocrine, neural, and autonomic nervous system) responses to acute stress predict altered inhibitory control performance and the extent to which chronic stress may serve as a diathesis for impairment. She hopes that the results from this research can offer new targets for interventions seeking to ameliorate the adverse outcomes associated with inhibitory control impairment such as delinquency, impulsivity, and addiction. Prior to coming to the University of Oregon, Leslie researched epidemiological links between childhood adversity, suicidality and homelessness with Dr. Jitender Sareen in the Traumatic Stress lab at the University of Manitoba, Canada.