Nicolas Camacho

Nicolas is a third-year doctoral student, Dean's Graduate Fellow, and NSF Graduate Research Fellowship recipient in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience's Clinical Program. He is also a member of Dr. Michael Gaffrey's Duke Early Experience and the Developing Brain Lab. Nicolas is interested in a variety of different lines of research. He is broadly interested in measurement modeling and specifically motivated to use such models to elucidate how best to use measures of early childhood depression, emotion regulation, and psychopathology in general. He is also interested in studying the functional neural correlates of depression and emotion regulation and the effects of parenting on children's behavior. His long-term goals include understanding the way early childhood internalizing symptomatology may manifest itself in youth, how the relationships between emotion regulation and internalizing symptoms generalizes to children with social and communication deficits, and the role that language plays in developing more highly personalized approaches to treatments for pediatric mood and anxiety disorders.

Nicolas graduated with a B.A. in Psychology from Columbia University in 2016. After completing his undergraduate studies, he worked as a Research Assistant on the Healthy Brain Network initiative at the Child Mind Institute. He then returned to Columbia for two years to work in the Developmental Affective Neuroscience Lab as a lab manager before being admitted at Duke.

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