Emily Helder, Assistant Professor
Office: Science Building 326
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Dr. Helder is a clinical neuropsychologist, a specialty which focuses on the way that changes in the brain impact thinking, behavior, and emotions. Her research focuses on the impact of early experiences on later development. Dr. Helder teaches a wide variety of classes including Introductory psychology, Fundamentals of Research and Practice, Cognitive and Clinical Neuroscience, Psychopathology, and Clinical and Counseling Assessment.
Dr. Helder and her husband, Jonathan, have two children, Lily and Flint. As a family they love to spend time outdoors and grow vegetables in their ever expanding home garden.
Academic Interests & Research
Dr. Helder’s research interests include studying the effects of childhood injury or adversity on later development, the relationship between brain imaging and neuropsychology, and the plasticity of cognitive skills such as language. For the last five years she has been conducting a longitudinal study with children who have been internationally adopted. She is especially interested in the development of language skills in this group as well as the unique challenges and strengths of children adopted at older ages.
Find out more about Dr. Helder's International Adoption Study.
In 2013 Dr. Helder received The Faculty Lectureship Award in recognition of her scholarly achievements and professional contributions. View Dr. Helder's lecture entitled, "Outcomes in International Adoption."