Rachel Lean, PhD, MS

Instructor in Psychiatry

Rachel is an Instructor in Psychiatry investigating the neurological and socio-environmental mechanisms underlying the development of cognitive delay, executive dysfunction, and psychiatric disorders in children born very preterm. Rachel has a specific in interest in the identification of the potentially modifiable socio-environmental factors that influence the developmental outcomes of very preterm children, including the role of maternal psychosocial wellbeing, parenting behaviors, and family functioning. Additionally, she has used structural and diffusion tensor imaging analyses to explore links between socio-environmental adversity, infant brain development, and subsequent neurodevelopmental impairments. Rachel received her PhD in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis, Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences.

Muriah Wheelock, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Muriah is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University in St. Louis pursuing neuroimaging methods for understanding cognition and emotion. Her doctoral research utilized multimodal neuroimaging connectivity data and graph theoretical analyses to probe brain pathways underlying the emotional response to acute threat and stress and individual variability in anxiety and negative affect. Her postdoctoral work is focused on understanding neurodevelopmental changes in the human connectome underlying healthy cognition and psychopathology using community detection algorithms and network level analyses.