Jamie Hanson

Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychology

Research Scientist, Learning Research & Development Center



Education and Training

PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison

Research Interests

My research focuses on how children and adolescents learn about their environment, how brain circuitry involved with learning may be impacted by early life stress, and how these brain changes may confer risks for negative outcomes. Through the use of structural and functional MRI, my research aims to learn about the impact of stress on neurobiology through a focus on two different forms of behavior. First, I have explored how early life stress may increase risk for disruptive behavioral problems through alterations in the brain. Second, I have focused on how early life stress may convey risk for depression. Through a series of studies, I have found that the risks for different forms of psychopathology associated with early life stress are conveyed by specific alterations in brain circuitry responsible for reward and socio-emotional information processing. This research program includes longitudinal assessments of individuals at multiple levels of analysis, including neurobiology, family functioning, and developmental history.

Cognitive Neuroscience Community & Family-based Learning Developmental Neuroscience Imaging Methods Learning & Memory Learning Opportunities Minoritized Groups Socio-cultural Factors

Related Research Areas

Cognitive & Neural Foundations of Learning Developmental Processes and Outcomes Educational Opportunities, Equity, & Attainment Motivation & Engagement

Recent Publications

Nweze,T., Ezenwa, M., Ajaelu, C., Hanson, J.L., & Okoye, C. (2023) Cognitive variations following exposure to childhood adversity: Evidence from a pre-registered, longitudinal study. eClinicalMedicine.

Hanson, J.L. 2022. There are many reasons that people succeed in academia. In: Madan, C.R. (eds) Academia and the World Beyond. Springer, Cham.

Norbom, L. B., Hanson, J., van der Meer, D., Ferschmann, L., R√łysamb, E., von Soest, T., ... & Tamnes, C. K. (2022). Parental socioeconomic status is linked to cortical microstructure and language abilities in children and adolescents. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 101132.

Sequeira, S.L., Forbes, E.E., Hanson, J.L.,  & Silk, J.S. (2022). Positive valence systems in youth anxiety development: A scoping review. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, Volume 89, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.janxdis.2022.102588. 

Barry, K.R., Hanson, J.L., Calma-Birling, D., Lansford, J.E., Bates, J.E., & Dodge, K.A. (2022). Developmental connections between socioeconomic status, self-regulation, and adult externalizing problems. Developmental Science.

Jamie Hanson's Google Scholar profile

News and Awards

Jamie Hanson was featured in the November 2022 LRDC Research News for receiving an Excellence in Graduate Mentoring Award.

November 8, 2022


Jamie Hanson was recently awarded a graduate mentoring award from the Dietrich School and recognized in a November 2 award ceremony.

November 7, 2022


Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on a new website, 'Teaching in Psych," and were featured in a LRDC brief.

September 26,2022


The Psychology Department and the University Center for Teaching & Learning just launched a new website, "Teaching in Psych." LRDC faculty members Jamie Hanson, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Christian Schunn and Tessa Warren collaborated on this site which features helpful resources for improving and addressing barriers to teaching in Psychology.

September 26, 2022


Jamie Hanson, Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, and LRDC Research Scientist has been awarded the Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Award for Excellence in Graduate Mentoring. This award recognizes colleagues who best exemplify the considerable efforts and accomplishments of members of the graduate faculty serving as effective mentors of graduate students and is an example of continuing efforts to cultivate a culture of inclusive excellence in mentoring.

September 26, 2022

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