Ashley Nielsen, BS, PhD

Post-Doctoral Research Scholar

Ashley Nielsen is a Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the Department of Neurology investigating how early life adversity impacts brain maturation in infants and toddlers. Brain development is immensely complex. Ashley’s work has been devoted to appreciating and interrogating the complex interactions across the brain the support the emergence of behavioral capacities throughout development and considering the influence of environment and experience on this maturation. Ashley studies the infant brain using functional connectivity MRI, multivariate machine learning, and other neuroimaging tools and statistical techniques in order to disentangle the complex relationship between the brain, behavior, and environment in early life. Ashley received her PhD in Neuroscience from Washington University in St. Louis.