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Natasha Duell is a postdoctoral fellow at the Frank Porter Graham Child Development Institute and the department of psychology and neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received her PhD in (developmental) psychology from Temple University in 2018 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 the psychological, social, biological, and cultural correlates of adolescent decision-making and risk taking. Her work in this domain has examined age patterns and cross-national variations in risk taking as a function of self-regulation and reward sensitivity. Her current work explores positive risk taking in adolescence, using a self-report questionnaire she recently developed that is being administered and validated in samples of youth across the world. Natasha’s current research also explores the biological correlates of adolescent decision-making using hormone sampling and fMRI methodologies. Visit this site to stay up to date on Natasha’s most recent projects and publications. 

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.