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Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia

Erin Clabough is a mother of four who holds a PhD in neuroscience. Her parenting style has been highly influenced by her background in brain development research.

As a professor, she teaches developmental biology and neurobiology and heads an active research program that investigates questions about how the brain functions, including developmental areas such as fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and lifespan topics such as neurodegenerative disease. She is also interested in incorporating neuroscience principles into the classroom, in service learning, and in providing hands-on learning experiences.

Erin received her PhD in neuroscience from the University of Virginia, specializing in the molecular genetics of neurodegeneration. She subsequently held a three‑year postdoctoral research position at the University of Virginia. Her scientific research has resulted in many peer‑reviewed journal articles. She writes for Psychology Today, mindbodygreen, TODAY Parenting, and other publications. She is currently an associate professor in the department of psychology at the University of Virginia.


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    Associate Professor of Psychology, University of Virginia