Natasha Duell is a T32 postdoctoral fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute (formerly Center for Developmental Science) and the department of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD in psychology from Temple University in 2018 with the mentorship of Dr. Laurence Steinberg and her BA in psychology and social behavior from the University of California, Irvine in 2011.

Natasha’s research adopts a strengths-based approach to examining psychological, cultural, social, and biological correlates of adolescent decision-making and risk taking. Through her ongoing collaboration with the Decision-Making in Everyday Life and Parenting Across Cultures studies, Natasha has examined age patterns and cross-national variations in decision-making. Her more recent work additionally explores positive risk taking in adolescence using a self-report scale that is being administered and validated in samples of youth across the world. Natasha’s current research additionally explores the biological correlates of adolescent decision-making using hormone sampling and fMRI methodologies.

In January 2020, Natasha was awarded the Jacobs Foundation Young Scholars Grant as co-principal investigator along with her colleague Dr. Laura Di Giunta of Sapienza Rome University. The project will use experimental and EMA methodologies to examine individual differences in learning and school performance as a function of emotion regulation and feedback sensitivity in Colombian youth.

Natasha is currently working with the Developmental Social Neuroscience lab (Director: Dr. Eva Telzer) at UNC Chapel Hill. Check out the lab and their projects here.