Child Emotion Research Lab

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Seth Pollak - Director

Wisconsin International Adoption Project

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College of Letters and Science Distinguished Professor of Psychology

Investigator, Social and Affective Processes Unit,
Waisman Center

Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology and Brain & Cognitive Sciences), University of Rochester, 1997

Biographical Sketch


Office: 317 Psychology
Labs: 198 Psychology
527 Waisman Center
Office Phone: (608) 265-8190
Psych Lab:
(608) 262-6647
Waisman Lab:
(608) 262-5148
FAX: (608) 262-4029



Department of Psychology
1202 West Johnson Street
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Madison, WI 53706-1696

Waisman Center
1500 Highland Avenue
University of Wisconsin at Madison
Madison, WI 53705

I am a developmental psychopathologist. My students and I are interested in understanding the mechanisms through which children's emotional experiences increase vulnerability to various forms of psychopathology. We are also interested in the ways in which various forms of psychopathology influence other aspects of child development. The goal of our work is to use psychopathological processes to help us to understand relative contributions of "nature" and "nurture" to human development. My current work is on the neuropsychology of emotion, particularly the role that early experience plays in the development of brain structure and psychological functioning. These studies seek to understand children's adaptive and maladaptive behaviors by exploring the relationships between affect, plasticity of cognitive systems, and psychopathology.


NIMH Research Network on Adolescent Brain Maturation and Emotion Regulation
NIMH Research Network on Early Experience,
Stress Neurobiology and Prevention Science


Recent Publications

Teaching and Education


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