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Leah Somerville

Associate Professor of Psychology and Director, Affective Neuroscience and Development Lab, Harvard University

Leah Somerville is a psychology professor at Harvard University and the director of the Affective Neuroscience and Development Laboratory. Her laboratory’s award-winning research focuses on the changes that transpire during human adolescence. Her research, which incorporates psychology and neuroscience approaches, aims to inform how and why adolescents’ emotions, decisions, and social behavior are unique. Somerville has published over 70 scholarly works and her research has been featured in The New York Times, on PBS, and the BBC. She has received awards for her research, including the FJ McGuigan Early Career Research Prize for Understanding the Human Mind and the Everett Mendelsohn Excellence in Mentoring Award.

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