Akhila Nekkanti

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PCIT for child welfare-involved families: Coaching positive, responsive parenting to support children’s emotion regulation and self-control
Impact of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) on brain organization of high-risk, maltreatment-exposed children.


Akhila Nekkanti came to the Prevention Science doctoral program with a B.S. in Neuroscience and is currently studying under the mentorship of Dr. Elizabeth Skowron in the Family Biobehavioral Health Lab. Her current research examines the impacts of early adversity on children’s executive functioning capacities and resting-state neural activity. Akhila is co-mentored by Dr. Mills on her OSLER TL1 project examining the impacts of an intensive, practice-based intervention (i.e., PCIT) on children’s functional brain organization. Her long-term goal is to delineate the type and extent of environmental enrichment necessary for enhancing lasting change in self-regulatory capacity in children facing early caregiving adversity and trauma.