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Helen Tam

Helen Tam started a two-year position as a Pediatric Neuropsychology post-doctoral fellow at the NYU Child Study Center in August of 2016. She also received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Penn State in August 2016, after defending her dissertation and completing a clinical internship at the University of Chicago. Her dissertation was titled, “Early negative emotional reactivity, cognitive control, and structured home environments on ADHD outcomes,” and evaluated the longitudinal relationship between cognitive development, negative affect, environmental structuring, and ADHD. Her primary mentors were Dr. Jenae Neiderhiser and Dr. Ginger Moore.

During her internship year, Helen conducted seminars and gave Grand Rounds presentations on topics pertaining to developmental neuropsychology. In February of 2016, she presented a poster on the neurocognitive profiles of a rare form of diabetes (monogenic diabetes) at the annual conference of the International Neuropsychological Society. She also served as an ad-hoc reviewer for the journal Psychological Medicine with Jenae Neiderhiser.

Helen came to Penn State with a Master’s degree in Physiological Science from the University of California. She took that knowledge and applied it to her study of how the differing ways children learn help to explain some of the struggles seen in children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) during the acquisition of new skills. As a graduate student at Penn State, Helen’s research was in the area of cognitive and affective neuroscience, with a focus on learning differences in children with ADHD.  As a Strumpf Scholar, Helen used the scholarship funds to support her efforts in pursuing a multifaceted research program involving behavioral, cognitive, and psychophysiological branches of study. This allowed her to gain further insight on how we can best help children use information from the outside world to improve performance and behavior across multiple settings. Her research efforts at Penn State resulted in two poster presentations at international conferences, a conference symposium, one first author publication and several co-authored publications.