Lauren White, Ph.D. Research Associate

Lauren White is a Research Associate at the Lifespan Brain Institute at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Dr. White combines behavioral, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), and electroencephalography (EEG) approaches to understand how attentional mechanisms (e.g., orienting, attentional control) contribute to developmental variation in anxiety. Specifically, her work focuses on 1) delineating the roles of different attentional mechanisms in the emergence and maintenance of anxiety and 2) understanding how perturbations in attentional processes can be modified to reduce anxiety.




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Research Associate - Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine


M.A. – University of Oregon
Ph.D. – University of Maryland
Post-Doctoral Fellowship – National Institute of Mental Health, Section on Developmental and Affective Neuroscience

Selected Publications

  1. White, L.K., Sequeira, S.L., Britton, J.C., Brotman, M. A., Gold, A.L., Berman, E.A, Towbin, K., Abend, R., Luckenbaugh, D., Fox, N.A., Bar-Haim, Y., Leibenluft, E., & Pine, D.P. (In Press). Complementary features of attention bias modification therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in pediatric anxiety disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry.

  2. White, L.K., Degnan, K.A., Henderson, H.A., Pérez-Edgar, K., Walker, O.L., Shechner, T., Leibenluft, E., Bar-Haim, Y., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2017). Developmental relations between behavioral inhibition, anxiety, and attention biases to threat and positive information. Child Development, 88, 141-155.

  3. White, L.K., Britton, J.C., Sequeira, S.L., Ronkin, E.G., Chen, G., Bar-Haim, Y., Shechner, T., Ernst, M., Fox, N.A., Leibenluft, E., & Pine, D.P. (2016). Behavioral and neural stability of attention bias to threat in healthy adolescents. NeuroImage, 136, 84-93.

  4. White, L.K. Suway, J.G., Pine, D.S., Field, A.P., Lester, K.J., Muris, P. Bar-Haim, Y., & Fox, N.A. (2016). The cognitive and emotional effects of cognitive bias modification in interpretations in young adults and at risk youth. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(3), 499-510.

  5. White, L.K., Lamm, C., Helfinstein, S.M., & Fox, N.A. (2012). Neurobiology and neurochemistry of temperament in children. In M. Zentner and R. Shiner (Eds.), Handbook of Temperament (pp. 347-368). New York, NY: Guilford Press.

  6. White, L.K., McDermott, J.M., Degnan, K.A., Henderson, H.A., & Fox, N.A., (2011). Behavioral inhibition and anxiety: The moderating roles of inhibitory control and attention shifting. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(5), 735-747.

  7. White, L.K., Helfinstein, S.M., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., Degnan, K.A., and Fox, N.A. (2009). The role of attention in the regulation of fear and anxiety. Developmental Neuroscience, 31, 309-317.

  8. White L, Moore TM, Calkins ME, Wolf DH, Satterthwaite TD, Leibenluft E, Pine DS, Gur RC, Gur RE. An Evaluation of the Specificity of Executive Function Impairment in Developmental Psychopathology. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2017; 56(11):975–982.