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Jessica Flannery

Doctoral Candidate in Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon

Jessica is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Oregon, with an emphasis in pediatric neuroimaging. Her research focuses on identifying how stress "gets under the skin" to influence trajectories of mental health and health risk behaviors during sensitive periods of development. She specifically focuses on social and emotional brain function and the gut microbiota and psycho-social factors that may act to buffer or protect the developing systems from perturbations. She is currently completing her psychology residency at Seattle Children's Hospital through the University of Washington School of Medicine and will begin her post-doctoral fellowship in July at the University of North Carolina in the department of Psychology and Neuroscience.


  • 2013–present
    MS, Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate


  • 2020
    Gut Feelings Begin in Childhood: the Gut Metagenome Correlates with Early Environment, Caregiving, and Behavior, mBio
  • 2020
    Study Protocol: Transitions in Adolescent Girls (TAG), Frontiers in Psychiatry
  • 2019
    Parental presence switches avoidance to attraction learning in children., Nature human behaviour
  • 2019
    Is adolescence the missing developmental link in Microbiome–Gut–Brain axis communication?, Developmental psychobiology
  • 2018
    Novel insights from the Yellow Light Game: Safe and risky decisions differentially impact adolescent outcome-related brain function, NeuroImage
  • 2017
    Neurodevelopmental changes across adolescence in viewing and labeling dynamic peer emotions, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2017
    Diurnal cortisol after early institutional care—Age matters, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience