Kayla Green is a PhD candidate in the SYNC lab. She is particulary interested in how emotional reactivity may lead to negative developmental trajectories in some and in positive outcomes in others. By investigating the individual differences in personality, the social environment, and structural and functional development of brain regions during adolescence, she hopes to identify predictors of wellbeing.
Currently, she examines the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the wellbeing of young people.
Green is member of the Diversity & Inclusion office, where she works on projects that are aimed at increasing the proportion of underrepresented groups in higher education and improving the success and wellbeing of underrepresented EUR-students.
Green has a background in psychology (Utrecht University, 2015). After obtaining her bachelor degree she continued with the research master Neuroscience & Cognition (2018) and the clinical master Neuropsychology (2017) at Utrecht University. She did her clinical internship at the Neurology and Geriatrics Department of Spijkenisse Medisch Centrum where she also obtained her BAPD (certificate in psychodiagnostics). She has previously worked as a research assistant at the Brain and Development Research Center (Leiden University).
Research interests: brain development - mood - emotional reactivity - neural network - adolescence and young adulthood - wellbeing - risk and resilience - socioeconomic stressors