Introduction & Projects
Emma Jane Rose has been a research assistant professor and associate director of the Program for Translational Research on Adversity and Neurodevelopment(P-TRAN) at the PRC since July 2015. Her primary research focus is on using a translational neuroscience approach to delineate changes in brain structure and function associated with suboptimal developmental trajectories and leveraging that knowledge to help prevent high-risk outcomes for children, families and their communities. Key projects to which she has contributed include a longitudinal investigation of the neurodevelopmental correlates of substance use and abuse in adolescence, and a range of studies looking at the chronic and acute pharmacological effects of abused substances on the neural underpinnings of reward processing, among others.
Emma received her Ph.D. in psychiatry from the University of Edinburgh. This was followed by fellowship positions in Baltimore, MD and Dublin, Ireland, where she considered motivational deficits in substance abuse and used an imaging genetics approach to understand intermediate phenotypes for psychiatric conditions. She has authored/co-authored 36 peer-reviewed journal articles and 2 book chapters and has been an ad hoc peer reviewer for more than 20 journals including JAMA Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, and Neuropsychopharmacology, to name a few. Her research has been featured on the BBC and National Geographic.
In the future, she hopes to continue developing P-TRAN as an interdisciplinary neuroscience network at Penn State, with a focus on bringing together PSU researchers whose work coalesces around the themes of adversity, neurodevelopment and prevention, and to develop that network into a center of excellence for translational neuroscience.
Etzel. L., Hastings, W. J., Hall, M., Heim, CM; Meaney, M. J.; Noll, J. G., O’Donnell, K.J., Pokhvisneva, I., Rose, E. J., Schreier, H. M. C., Shenk, C. E., & Shalev, I. (2022). Obesity and accelerated epigenetic aging in a high-risk cohort of children. Scientific Reports, 12. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-022-11562-5
Villodas, M.T., Morelli, N.M., Hong, K., Duong, J., Evans, M.C., Elson, D., Rose, E., Picci, G., & Fishbein. D. (2021). Differences in late adolescent psychopathology among youth with histories of co-occurring abuse and neglect experiences. Child Abuse & Neglect, 120. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2021.105189
Picci, G., Rose, E.J., VanMeter, J., & Fishbein, D.H. (2021). The moderating role of socioeconomic status on level of responsibility, executive functioning, and cortical thinning during adolescence. Developmental Psychobiology, 63(2), 291-304. https://doi.org/10.1002/dev.22010
Neurodevelopmental precursors and consequences of substance use during adolescence: Promises and pitfalls of longitudinal neuroimaging strategies
Fishbein, D., Rose, E., Darcey, V. L., Belcher, A. M., & VanMeter, J. W. (2016). Neurodevelopmental precursors and consequences of substance use during adolescence: Promises and pitfalls of longitudinal neuroimaging strategies. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 116.