Elsie Xu Yan is a second-year doctoral student in child clinical psychology. Working with her primary advisor Cynthia Huang-Pollock and her Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) mentors Emily Ansell, associate professor of biobehavioral health; and Eric Claus, associate professor of biobehavioral health, her research focuses on the individual differences in cognitive and motivational functioning that can explain maladaptive behavior including substance misuse. In particular, she is interested in identifying neurocognitive markers of maladaptive substance use outcomes and examining the dynamic processes where they interact with more proximal factors to contribute to precise risk identification and targeted prevention/intervention.
Elsie received her bachelor’s degree in Psychology with a minor in Statistics from McGill University.
The Prevention and Methodology Training (PAMT) program, funded by a T32 grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, trains predoctoral and postdoctoral researchers in the integration of prevention science and statistical methodology for the behavioral sciences.