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Emma Rose

Assistant Teaching Professor

218 Moore Building
ejr5384@psu.edu

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Introduction & Projects

Emma Jane Rose is the director of the Research on Adversity and Risk (ROAR) Lab in the Child Study Center at Penn State. 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.

Prevention-related Projects

Recent Publications

Resilience profiles predict polysubstance use in adolescents with a history of childhood maltreatment

Picci, G., Linden-Carmichael, A. N., & Rose, Emma J. (2022). Addiction Research & Theory. Advance online publication.

Obesity and accelerated epigenetic aging in a high-risk cohort of children

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

Differences in late adolescent psychopathology among youth with histories of co-occurring abuse and neglect experiences

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

The moderating role of socioeconomic status on level of responsibility, executive functioning, and cortical thinning during adolescence

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.

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