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Emilia Cardenas

Research Area: Clinical Science

Depression, Peripartum Health, and Early Life Stress.

Emilia Cárdenas is a third-year clinical psychology graduate student. She is mentored by Dr. Kathryn Humphreys in the Stress and Early Adversity (SEA) Lab and Autumn Kujawa in the Mood, Emotion & Development (MED) Lab. Emilia is interested in advancing translational neuroscience to promote resilience in vulnerable children and families. Specifically, she is interested in using multimodal methods (e.g., ERPS, heart rate variability, behavior) to investigate predictors of caregiving behavior and postpartum health. Emilia is excited about a new NIH grant awarded to the MED and SEA Labs to study predictors of peripartum depression across pregnancy.


Representative Publications

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Schroder, H.S., Nickels, S., Cárdenas, E. F., Breiger, M., Perlo, S., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2020). Optimizing assessments of post-error slowing: a neurobehavioral investigation of a flanker task. Psychophysiology, 57 (2), e13473.

Cárdenas, E. F., Kujawa, A., & Humphreys, K. L. (2019). Neurobiological changes during the peripartum period: Implications for health and behavior. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Robble, M. A., Schroder, H.S., Kangas, B. D., Nickels, S., Breiger, M., Iturra-Mena, A., Perlo, S., Cárdenas, E. F, Der-Avakian, A., Barnes, S. A., Leutgeb, S., Risbrough, V. B., Bergman, J., Carlezon, W. A., & Pizzagalli, D.A. (2020). Concordant neurophysiology signatures of cognitive control in humans and rats. Biological Psychiatry. 

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Cárdenas, E. F., Kujawa, A., Letteria, M., & Humphreys, K. L. (In prep). A preliminary test of a brief online intervention for enhancing parental reflective function and the role of parental depressive symptoms.

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Cárdenas, E. F., Kujawa, A., & Humphreys, K. L. (2020, June) Enhancing Parental Reflective Functioning: Evidence for a brief online intervention. Poster presented at the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology Future Directions Forum, Washington, DC. 

Cárdenas, E. F., Meluginr, P. R., Cole, D. A., & Kujawa, A. (2019, Sept). The effects of social anxiety and depression symptoms on task elicited cognitive, emotional and neural reactivity. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP), Buffalo, NY.  

Cárdenas, E. F., Kujawa, A., Kessel, E., & Klein, D. N. (2018, Sept). The effects of peer relational victimization and inflammation on depressive symptoms in children. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP), Indianapolis, IN. 

Cárdenas, E. F., Belleau, E., Clegg, R., Goer, F., Beltzer, M., Olson, D. P., Vitaliano, G., Kaiser, R. H., Teicher, M., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2017, Nov). Corticostriatal abnormalities in women with childhood sexual abuse and major depressive disorder. Poster Presentation at the Neurocognitive Therapies/ Translational Research Special Interest Group Annual Meeting at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), San Diego, CA. 

Cárdenas, E. F., Belleau, E., Clegg., R., Goer, F., Beltzer, M., Olson, D. P., Vitaliano, G., Kaiser, R. H., Teicher, M., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2017, Sept). The effects of major depressive disorder and child sexual abuse on corticostriatal connectivity. Poster presentation at the Society for Research in Psychopathology (SRP), Denver, CO. 

LeBeau, R., Cárdenas, E. F., & Craske, M. G. (2016, Oct). Comparing physiological and subjective response to social pain and physical pain stimuli: Implications of the CBT model of SAD. Poster Presentation at the Association Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), New York, NY. 



Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellowship. The National Academies of Science, Engineering, Medicine. Fall 2020 – Spring 2023.

UC-Davis/SDSU ERP Boot Camp. Funded by R25MH080794 from the National Institute of Mental Health. Summer 2019. 

Phi Beta Kappa. University of California, Los Angeles. Spring 2016.