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Ross E Vanderwert

Lecturer in Neuroscience, Cardiff University

My primary research interests are in the role of early experiences (parent-infant relationships, environmental, and individual differences) that promote healthy brain development and in identifying factors that may place an individual at risk for psychopathology. I am interested in infant, child, and adult development and I employ various behavioural and neuroimaging techniques, including eye-tracking, electroencephalogram (EEG), and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS).

I did my Ph.D in Developmental Science at the University of Maryland, following which I was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Labs of Cognitive Neuroscience at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. Since then I've been at Cardiff University's Centre for Human Developmental Science (CUCHDS) and Cardiff University's Brain Research Imaging Centre (CUBRIC).


  • 2015–present
    Lecturer, School of Psychology, Cardiff University
  • 2012–2015
    Postdoctoral research fellow, Boston Children's Hospital and Harvard Medical School


  • 2012 
    University of Maryland, College Park, MD USA, Ph.D. in Developmental Science
  • 2003 
    Saint Olaf College, Northfield, MN USA, B.A. in Psychology and Mathematics


  • 2017
    Neuronal networks in the developing brain are adversely modulated by early psychosocial neglect., Journal of Neurophysiology
  • 2016
    Normalization of EEG activity among previously institutionalized children placed into foster care: A 12-year follow-up of the Bucharest Early Intervention Project., Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2015
    Early psychosocial neglect adversely impacts developmental trajectories of brain oscillations and their interactions., Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience
  • 2015
    Early social experience affects neural activity to affiliative facial gestures in newborn nonhuman primates., Developmental Neuroscience
  • 2013
    Psychosocial deprivation, executive functions, and the emergence of socio-emotional behavior problems., Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
  • 2010
    Timing of intervention affects brain electrical activity in children exposed to severe psychosocial neglect., PLoS ONE
  • 2008
    Persistent problems in attention amongst children exposed to early severe social deprivation: Recent findings from The Bucharest Early Intervention Project, Psychophysiology

Professional Memberships

  • Society for Research in Child Development, SRCD
  • International Society of Infant Studies, ISIS