Early Childhood Neurodevelopmental Health Outcomes (ECHO)

This is an ongoing project.

Faculty Researcher: Moriah Thomason

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Marion van den Heuvel


This project is a follow-up study to our earlier life neurodevelopment projects (PINC, ELBO) and aims to evaluate prenatal factors, specifically brain biomarkers and maternal prenatal stress, as predictors of later child health and growth. Participants in our study are young children (age 4-6 years) recruited from our fetal MRI and/or earlier-life behavioral visit cohort. We seek to better understand how prenatal factors and both environmental (e.g., family home environment) and biological factors in children’s early years that impact their brain and behavioral development. Our approach is to use behavioral assessments, biological sampling (cortisol, blood), as well as home visits and electroencephalography (EEG) to model healthy and atypical neurobehavioral development in early life.


Our lab requires a one-year commitment of at least nine hours per week. Our lab prefers those who have some weeknight and weekend availability.

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Last Updated

May 3, 2017