Cynthia Rogers, M.D.

Cynthia Rogers, M.D.

clinical research, neonatology, pediatrics, neuroimaging, psychopathology, preterm birth

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry

  • Keywords:
    clinical research, neonatology, pediatrics, neuroimaging, psychopathology, preterm birth

  • Research Description:
    Shares lab with Dr. Christopher Smyser. Preterm infants are at increased risk for childhood psychiatric disorders (autism, anxiety disorders, and ADHD) and alterations in early brain development as well as exposure to adverse early life stressors such as exposure to parental psychopathology and child maltreatment.  The Washington University Neonatal Development Research (WUNDER) Lab follows cohorts of high risk infants including infants born prematurely.  Extensive clinical data was collected regarding the medical course of the infants through pregnancy and the neonatal course, and these longitudinal studies include follow-up evaluations at ages 2, 5 and 9-10 that assess development including social and emotional development.  Maternal psychopathology and parent child interaction are also assessed.  These infants underwent MRI evaluation during the neonatal period and this data is analyzed for alterations in brain development which are also related to later child social-emotional development. The children will undergo MRI again at school-age.

  • Comments:
    This lab is on the medical school campus. Interested students should contact Trey Heffernan – heffernan@wustl.edu to inquire about available positions. Students looking for long-term research opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply. Students may continue working in the lab over the summer.