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Chaplin receives funding for study integrating neural and momentary assessment of parenting, arousal and adolescent substance use

Grant and Award Announcement

George Mason University

Tara Chaplin, Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology, received $500,664 from the National Institutes of Health for an Independent Scientist Career Award titled: "Integrating neural and momentary assessment of parenting, arousal, and adolescent substance use." 

This Independent Scientist K02 Award will provide Dr. Chaplin with cutting edge advanced training to enhance her career and transform her program of research. Through this training, Dr. Chaplin will integrate ecological momentary assessment (EMA) science into her expertise in developmental neuroscience to understand from a neural and momentary level parenting, emotion, and substance use associations in adolescence. It would also support a research study that would add EMA data collection to Dr. Chaplin’s longitudinal cohort of adolescents to examine the interplay between neural responses (in fMRI) and momentary vulnerabilities to support future developmental studies and smart-phone delivered momentary intervention development studies.  

This funding began in July 2023 and will end in late June 2027. 


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