, UCLA assistant professor of psychology, has been selected a William T. Grant Scholar by the William T. Grant Foundation
. The award is given to exceptional researchers early in their careers.
Galván’s laboratory studies brain development in children, adolescents and adults using behavioral and neuroimaging techniques.
“I am very grateful and excited for this opportunity because it will enable me to study the developing brain in the family context, including the psychological, social and physical components of the home as they affect the sleep patterns of adolescents,” she said.
Galván’s research team plans to go into homes to study the sleep patterns of 13- to 17-year-olds from various socio-economic backgrounds.
She will be mentored by Andrew Fuligni, a UCLA professor in residence of psychiatry and biobehavioral sciences in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and of psychology, and director of the Semel’s adolescence, ethnicity, and immigration research program; and Ariel Kalil, a University of Chicago professor in the Harris School of Public Policy Studies, who is a developmental psychologist studying child and family functioning in low-income households.
“One of our goals is to understand how behavioral changes related to decision-making, risk-taking and emotion influence, and are influenced by, neurobiological development, Galván said.