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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.

Broadly, Natasha’s research adopts a strengths-based approach to examining cultural and biopsychosocial correlates of adolescent decision-making and risk taking through three lines of inquiry: (1) positive risk taking, (2) cross-cultural comparisons of risk taking, and (3) social influences on decision-making. She has developed a  self-report scale of positive risk taking that is being administered and validated in samples of youth across the world. Through her ongoing collaborations with the Decision-Making in Everyday Life and Parenting Across Cultures studies, Natasha examines age patterns and cross-national variations in decision-making and risky taking. As a fellow in the Developmental Social Neuroscience lab at UNC Chapel Hill, her work additionally explores social and biological influences of adolescent decision-making.

To answer her research questions, Natasha uses advanced statistical modeling and methods including questionnaires, experimental tasks, ecological momentary assessments, fMRI, and hormone samples. As a scholar, she is committed to cultivating an equitable and inclusive academic environment and to ethical and transparent scientific practices.

Natasha has been awarded a Jacobs Foundation Young Scholars Grant as co-principal investigator along with her colleague Dr. Laura Di Giunta Sapienza University of Rome. The project uses experimental and EMA methodologies to examine individual differences in learning and school performance as a function of emotion regulation and feedback sensitivity in youth across cultures. Read more here.

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.

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