Lauren O’Connell, PhD

Assistant Professor at Stanford University

2019 NYSCF – Robertson Neuroscience Investigator

PhD, University of Texas at Austin

Postdoctoral Training, Harvard University


Dr. O’Connell is an Assistant Professor at Stanford University. She is working to understand the mechanisms underlying how infants and toddlers learn to make appropriate behavioral decisions in different social contexts. Her research uses social tadpoles that make life-or-death decisions based on accurate assessment of social stimuli. This work will inform our understanding of how the neonatal brain regulates social decision-making and has implications for the pathologies behind eating-related psychological disorders and other disorders involving social recognition and communication abnormalities. She completed her postdoctoral studies at Harvard University.