2019 Fall

Teen Brains Are Not Broken

Roselinde Kaiser asks: what is it about the teen years that puts us at risk for depression – but also helps us to build resilience? Drawing upon neurodevelopmental and clinical science, Dr. Kaiser shows why adolescence is a developmental window of both risk and enrichment, and outlines strategies for teens (and the rest of us) to thrive. Dr. Rosi Kaiser is a clinical psychologist and neuroscientist who uses integrated behavioral, developmental, and neuroscientific methods to understand Major Depression and related affective disorders. Dr. Kaiser explores these topics from a developmental perspective, with special interest in using neurocognitive risk markers to predict the onset and course of mood disorders in teens or young adults. Clinically, Dr. Kaiser is testing how neurocognitive functioning may be enhanced to foster affective health, with the goal of translating basic science into improved treatment and emotional wellness.

Dr. Kaiser received a dual-Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of Colorado Boulder, completing her predoctoral Clinical Internship at Yale University School of Medicine. After receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Kaiser trained as a postdoctoral Fellow in affective and translational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital.