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Alexandra Ursache

Alexandra Ursache, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

self-regulation, executive function, socioeconomic status, stress, emotion, neighborhoods, obesity, cortisol

My research focuses on the development of multiple components of self-regulation including executive function, emotion regulation, and stress physiology as well as the role of self-regulation in understanding and ameliorating disparities in health and academic outcomes among low-income and minority populations.

Currently, I am principal investigator of a study that aims to understand associations of neighborhood socioeconomic deprivation with early childhood obesity and determine the ways in which children’s family and neighborhood social context and executive function skills moderate or mediate these associations in both rural and urban contexts. I am also a co-investigator of a RCT of ParentCorps, a population-level family-centered, school-based intervention that aims to strengthen family engagement and attenuate the adverse effects of poverty on child development.

I hold a BA.Sc. in Cognitive Science from McGill University, an Ed.M. in Mind, Brain and Education from Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a Ph.D. in developmental psychology from New York University. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Neuro-Epidemiology Training Program at Columbia University.  My research has been published in numerous journals including Developmental Psychology and Psychoneuroendocrinology.

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Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health

PhD from New York University

Ursache, Alexandra; Blair, Clancy; Stifter, Cynthia; Voegtline, Kristin

Developmental psychology. 2013 Jan; 49(1):127-37

Ursache, Alexandra; Blair, Clancy; Raver, CCybele

Child development perspectives. 2012 Jun; 6(2):122-128

Braren, Stephen H; Perry, Rosemarie E; Ursache, Alexandra; Blair, Clancy

Developmental psychobiology. 2019 May; 61(4):573-591

Ursache, Alexandra; Merz, Emily C; Melvin, Samantha; Meyer, Jerrold; Noble, Kimberly G

Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 04; 78:142-150

Raver, C Cybele; Roy, Amanda L; Pressler, Emily; Ursache, Alexandra M; Charles McCoy, Dana

Behavioral sciences. 2016 Dec 29; 7(1):

Ursache, Alexandra; Noble, Kimberly G

Brain & behavior. 2016 10; 6(10):e00531