Roisin White

Prevention and Methodology Training Fellow

My research investigates the extent to which individual differences in decision-making and error monitoring may reflect transdiagnostic mechanisms conferring vulnerability for the development of internalizing and substance use disorders. My work involves the use of both psychophysiological measures (fMRI, EEG, EDA) and experimental paradigms in order to explore how factors at the biological and environmental/experiential levels of analysis interact to contribute to pathological behaviors. I am also interested in utilizing knowledge about reward and motivation-related neural circuitry as well as real-time neurofeedback techniques to inform and adapt interventions targeting substance use cessation. I received my B.A. in Psychology and M.Sc. in Neuroscience from Trinity College Dublin. As a Predoctoral Fellow through Penn State’s Prevention and Methodology Training Program, I am working with Drs. Lisa Gatzke-Kopp and Nilam Ram in the department of Human Development and Family Studies as well as Dr. Stephen Wilson in the department of Psychology. With their mentorship, I aim to assess how interindividual differences in moment-to-moment decision-making and physiological function contribute to interindividual differences in intraindividual change across development.