Laurie Wakschlag is a developmental, clinical psychologist whose research seeks to identify tractable mechanisms and markers to enable earlier identification of mental health problems. She is a leading expert on developmentally sensitive characterization of disruptive behavior, with a primary focus on measurement science. Wakschlag has discovered how adverse prenatal exposures shape neurodevelopmental vulnerability beginning in the first year of life, and she is working toward pinpointing reliable brain and behavioral markers of abnormal irritability beginning in infancy.
Wakschlag is a professor and vice chair for scientific and faculty development in the Feinberg School of Medicine’s department of medical social sciences (MSS). She is also a professor of pediatrics and psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Feinberg, a professor of psychology in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences, and a professor of human development and social policy in the School of Education and Social Policy. Wakschlag is the director of the Institute for Innovations in Developmental Sciences (DevSci) and a faculty fellow in the Institute for Policy Research (IPR).