Jenna’ program of research seeks to understand how stress during pregnancy and in the early years of life becomes biologically embedded in children’s development to increase the risk of emotional, behavioural, and cognitive disorders.
The objective is to understand the risk and resilience factors that exacerbate or mitigate the effects of stress on children’s development.
Specifically, Jenna’s doctoral dissertation examines whether prenatal intake of the nutrient choline may mitigate the effects of prenatal stress on child brain development.
Research Focus: Prenatal stress and child development
Funding: Queen Elizabeth II Masters Award, Alberta Children’s Hospital Research Institute Doctoral Award