Lauren K. White, PhD

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Lauren K. White, PhD, is a research scientist with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.

Appointments and Referrals: 1-800-TRY-CHOP (1-800-879-2467)

Education and Training


Ann G. Wylie Dissertation Fellowship - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Summer Institute on Social Developmental Neuroscience Fellow - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
National Institutes of Health Social Development Traineeship Matching Fellowship - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
Graduate Student Summer Research Fellowship - University of Maryland, College Park, MD

Undergraduate Degree

BS in Psychology - Westminster College, Salt Lake City, UT

Graduate Degree

PhD - University of Maryland, College Park, MD
MS - University of Oregon, Eugene, OR

Titles and Academic Titles

Research Scientist

Departments and Services




Waller, R., Kornfield, S.L., White, L.K., Chaiyachati, B.H., Barzilay, R., Njoroge, W.F., Parish-Morris, J., Duncan, A., Himes, M.M., Rodriguez, Y., Seidlitz, J., Riis, V., Burris, H.H., Gur, R.E., & Elovitz, M.A. (2022).  Clinician-reported childbirth outcomes, patient-reported childbirth trauma, and risk for postpartum depression.  Archives of Women’s Mental Health, in press.

Njoroge, W.F.M., White, L.K., Waller R., Forkpa, M., Himes, M.M., Morgan, K. Seidlitz, J.,  Chaiyachati, B.H., Barzilay, R., Kornfield, S., Parish-Morris, J., Rodriguez, Y., Riis, V., Burris, H.H., Elovitz, M.A., & Gur, R.E. (2022). Associations of COVID-19 and endemic systemic racism with postpartum anxiety and depression among Black birthing individuals. JAMA Psychiatry, 79(6), 600-609.

White, L.K., Crowley, T.B., Finucane, B., Garcia‐Minaur, S., Repetto, G. M., van den Bree, M., Fischer, M., Jacquemont, S., Barzilay, R. Maillard, A.M., Donald, K.A., Gur, R.E., Bassett, A.S., Swillen, A., & McDonald‐McGinn, D.M. (2022). The COVID‐19 pandemic's impact on worry and medical disruptions reported by individuals with chromosome 22q11. 2 copy number variants and their caregivers. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 66(4), 313-322.

White, L.K., Barzilay, R., Moore, T. M., Calkins, M. E., Jones, J.D., Himes, M. M., Young, J.F., Gur, R.C.,  & Gur, R.E. (2022). Risk and Resilience Measures Related to Psychopathology in Youth. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 1-12.


Kornfield, S.L.*, White, L.K.*, Waller R., Njoroge, W.F.M., Barzilay, R., Chaiyachati, B.H., Himes, M.M., Rodriguez, Y., Riis, V., Simonette, K., Elovitz, M.A., Gur, R. E. (2021). Risk and Resilience Factors Underlying Postpartum Depression and Impaired Mother-Infant Bonding During an Acute Stressor. Health Affairs, 4 (10), 1566-1574.

Waller, R., Powell, T., Rodriguez, Y., Corbett, N., Perlstein, S., White L.K., Barzilay, R., Wagner, N. (2021) The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children’s Conduct Problems and Callous-Unemotional Traits. Child Psychiatry Human Development.

Hertz-Palmor, N., Moore, T.M., Gothelf, D., DiDomenico, G.E., Dekel, I., Greenberg, D.M., Brown, L.A., Matalon, N., Visoki, V., White L.K., Himes, M.M., Schwartz-Lifshitz, M., Gross, R., Gur, R.C., Gur, R.E., Pessach, I.M., Barzilay, R. (2021). Association among income loss, financial strain and depressive symptoms during COVID-19: evidence from two longitudinal studies. Journal of Affective Disorders, 291, 1-8.

Gur, R.E., White L.K., Shani, S., Barzilay, R., Moore, T.M., Emanuel, B.S., Zackai, E.H., McDonald-McGinn, D.M., Matalon, N., Weinberger, R., Gur, R.C., Gothelf, D. (2021). A binational study assessing risk and resilience factors in 22q11. 2 deletion syndrome. Journal of Psychiatry Research, 138, 319-325.


Moore, T.M.*, White, L.K.*, Barzilay, R., Calkins, M.E., Jones, J.D., Young, J.F., Gur, R.C., Gur, R.E. (2020). Development of a scale battery for rapid assessment of risk and resilience. Journal of Psychiatry Research, 288, 112996.

Barzilay, R.*, White, L.K.*, Moore, T.M., Calkins, M.E., Patrick, A., Huque, Z.M., Young, J.F., Ruparel, K., Pine, D.S., Gur, R.C., Gur, R.E. (2020). Association of anxiety phenotypes with risk of depression and suicidal ideation in community youth. Depression and Anxiety, 37(9), 851-861.

Gur, R.E., White, L.K., Waller, R., Barzilay, R., Moore, T.M., Kornfield, S., Njoroge, W.F.M., Duncan, A.F., Chaiyachati, B.H., Parish-Morris, J., Maayan, L., Himes, M.M., Laney, N., Simonette, K., Riis, V., & Elovitz, M.A. (2020). The Disproportionate Burden of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Pregnant Black Women. Psychiatry Research, 293, 113475.

Smith, A.R.*, White, L.K.*, Leibenluft, E., McGlade, A.L., Heckelman, A.C., Haller, S.P., Buzzell, G.A., Fox, N.A., & Pine, D. S. (2020). The Heterogeneity of Anxious Phenotypes: Neural Responses to Errors in Treatment-Seeking Anxious and Behaviorally Inhibited Youths. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 59(6), 759-769.  

Barzilay, R., Moore,T.M.,  Greenberg, D.M.,  DiDomenico, G.E.,  Brown, L.A., White, L.K.,  Gur, R.C., & Gur, R.E. (2020). Resilience, COVID-19-related stress, anxiety and depression during the pandemic in a large population enriched for healthcare providers. Translational Psychiatry, 10(1), 1-8.

Morales, S., Miller, N., Troller-Renfree, S., White, L.K., Degnan, K., Henderson, H., & Fox, N. (2020). Attention bias to reward predicts behavioral problems and moderates early risk to externalizing and attention problems. Development and Psychopathology, 32(2), 397-409.

Abend, R., Swetlitz, C., White, L.K., Shechner, T., Bar-Haim, Y., Filippi, C., ... & Leibenluft, E. (2020). Levels of early-childhood behavioral inhibition predict distinct neurodevelopmental pathways to pediatric anxiety. Psychological Medicine, 50(1), 96-106.


Smith, A. R., Kircanski, K., Brotman, M. A., Do, Q. B., Subar, A. R., Silk, J. S., Engel, S., Crosby, R.D., Harrewijn, A., White, L.K. … Pine, D. S. (2019). Advancing clinical neuroscience through enhanced tools: Pediatric social anxiety as an example. Depression and Anxiety, 36(8), 701-711.

Quarmley, M., Nelson, B., Clarkson, T., White, L.K., & Jarcho, J. (2019). I knew you weren’t going to like me! Neural response to accurately predicting rejection is associated with anxiety and depression. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 13, 219.


Abend, R., de Voogd, L., Salemink, E., Wiers, R.W., Pérez‐Edgar, K., Fitzgerald, A., White, L. K., ... & Bar-Haim, Y. (2018). Association between attention bias to threat and anxiety symptoms in children and adolescents. Depression and Anxiety, 35(3), 229-238.

Barzilay, R.*, White, L.K.*, Calkins, M.E., Moore, T.M., Young, J.F., Wolf, D. H., ... & Gur, R. E. (2018). Sex-specific association between high traumatic stress exposure and social cognitive functioning in youth. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 3(10), 860-867.

Haller, S.P., Kircanski, K., Stoddard, J., White, L.K., Chen, G., Sharif-Askary, B., ... & Brotman, M.A. (2018). Reliability of neural activation and connectivity during implicit face emotion processing in youth. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 31, 67-73.

Kircanski, K., White, L.K., Tseng, W.L., Wiggins, J.L., Frank, H.R., Sequeira, S., ... & Pine, D.S. (2018). A Latent Variable Approach to Differentiating Neural Mechanisms of Irritability and Anxiety in Youth. JAMA psychiatry, 75(6), 631-639.

Nozadi, S.S., White, L.K., Degnan, K.A., & Fox, N.A. (2018). Longitudinal relations between behavioral inhibition and social information processing: Moderating role of maternal supportive reactions to children's emotions. Social Development, 27(3), 571-585.


White, L.K., Moore, T.M., Calkins, M.E., Wolf, D.H., Satterthwaite, T. D., Leibenluft, E., ... & Gur, R. E. (2017). An evaluation of the specificity of executive function impairment in developmental psychopathology. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(11), 975-982.

Buzzell, G.A., Richards, J.E., White, L.K., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2017). Development of the error-monitoring system from ages 9-35: Unique insight provided by MRI-constrained source localization of EEG, Neuroimage, 157, 13-26.

Gold, A.L., Steuber, E.R., White, L.K., Pacheco, J., Sachs, J.F., Pagliaccio, D., ... & Pine, D.S. (2017). Cortical Thickness and Subcortical Gray Matter Volume in Pediatric Anxiety Disorders. Neuropsychopharmacology, 42(12), 2423.

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. (2017). Complementary features of attention bias modification therapy and cognitive behavioral therapy in pediatric anxiety disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 174(8), 775-784.

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.


Nozadi, S., Troller-Renfree, S., White, L.K., Frenkel, T., Degnan, K.A., Henderson, H.A., Bar-Haim, Y., Pine, D.S., & Fox N.A. (2016). The moderating role of attention biases to threat on the link between behavioral inhibition and anxiety in children. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(3), 451-465.

Sylvester, C.M., Barch, D.M., Harms, M.P., Belden, A.C., Oakberg, T.J., Gold, A.L., White, L.K., Benson, B.E., Troller-Renfree, S., Degnan, K.A., Henderson, H.A., Luby, J.L., Fox, N.A., & Pine, D.S. (2016). Early childhood behavioral inhibition predicts cortical thickness in adulthood. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55(2), 122-129.

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.

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.


Fox, N.A., Barker, T.V., White, L.K., Suway, J.G., & Pine, D.S. (2013). Commentary: To intervene or not? Appreciating or treating individual differences in childhood temperament – remarks on Rapee (2013). Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(7), 789-790.

Suway, J.G., White, L.K., Vanderwert, R.E., Bar-Haim, Y., & Fox, N.A. (2013). Modification of threat-processing in non-anxious individuals: A preliminary behavioral and ERP study. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 44(3), 285-292.


Lahat, A., Degnan, K.A., White, L.K., Henderson, H.A., Lejuez, C.W., & Fox, N.A. (2012). Temperamental exuberance and executive function predict propensity for risk-taking in childhood. Development and Psychopathology, 24(3), 847-856.

Lamm, C., White, L.K., McDermett, J.M., & Fox, N.A. (2012). Neural activation underlying cognitive control in the context of neutral and affectively charged pictures in children. Brain and Cognition, 79(3), 181-187.


Pérez-Edgar, K., Reeb-Sutherland, B.C., McDermott, J.M., White, L.K., Henderson, H.A., Degnan, K.A., Hane, A.A., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2011). Attention biases to threat link behavioral inhibition to social withdrawal over time in very young children.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(6), 885-895.

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.

White, L.K., Suway, J.G., Bar-Haim, Y., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2011). Cascading effects: The influence of attention bias to threat on the interpretation of ambiguous information. Behavior Research and Therapy, 49(4), 244-251.


White, L.K., Helfinstein, S.M., & Fox, N.A. (2010). Temperamental factors associated with the acquisition of information processing and anxiety. In J.A. Hadwin and A.P.  Field (Eds.), Information processing biases and anxiety: a developmental perspective (pp. 233-252), Chichester; Wiley-Blackwell.


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.


Helfinstein, S.M., White, L.K., Bar-Haim, Y., & Fox, N.A. (2008). Affective primes suppress attention bias to threat in socially anxious individuals. Behavior Research and Therapy, 46(7), 799-810.

Sheese, B., Rothbart, M.K., Posner, M.I., White, L.K., & Fraundorf, S.H. (2008). Executive attention and self-regulation in infancy. Infant Behavior and Development, 31(3), 501-510.




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.


Kirwan, M.L., White, L.K., & Fox, N.A. (2011). The emotion-attention interface: Neural, developmental and clinical considerations. In  J. Decety and  J.T. Cacioppo (Eds.), The Oxford Handbook of Social Neuroscience (pp. 227-242), Oxford; Oxford University Press.


Fox, N.A., Henderson, H.A., Perez-Edgar, K., & White, L.K. (2008). The biology of  temperament: An integrative approach. In C.A. Nelson & M. Luciana (Eds.), The handbook of developmental cognitive neuroscience, 2nd Edition (pp. 631-645). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.

Posters and Presentations


White, L.K. (May, 2021). Distress and medical care disruption during the pandemic in individuals with a rare genetic disorder. Invited talk presented at the NIMH Genes to Mental Health Workshop, Virtual.

White, L.K. (April, 2021). Effects of pandemic worry on mental health in pregnant individuals and implications for fetal development. Talk presented as part of a symposium chaired by White, L.K. at the Society of Research in Child Development biennial conference, Virtual.

Himes, M. M., White, L. K., Kornfield, S., Chaiyachati, B. H., Barzilay, R., Waller, R., Njoroge, W. F.M., Duncan, A. F., Parish-Morris, J., Laney, N., Simonette, K., Riis, V., Elovitz, M. A., & Gur, R. E. (April, 2021). The Effects of Adverse Childhood Experiences on Prenatal and Postnatal Distress during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Poster presented at the Society of Research in Child Development biennial conference, Virtual.

White, L.K., Barzilay, R., Moore, T.M., Calkins, M.E., Jones, J.D., Himes, M.M., Young, J.F., Gur, R.C., Gur, R.E (April, 2021). Prospective Links between Multidimensional Resilience Factors and Pandemic Related Distress. Poster presented at the Society of Research in Child Development biennial conference, Virtual.


LeStefano, L., White, L.K.,  Moore, T.M., Ruparel, K., Satterthwaite, T., Wolf, D.,  Barzilay, R. Turetsky, B., Roalf, D.,  Kohler, C.,  Ruben Gur, R.C., Gur, R.E. Calkins, M.E. (May, 2020). Association of mood disturbance with positive symptom phenomenology during late adolescence/early adulthood. Poster presented at the Society for Biological Psychiatry conference, Virtual.

Awards and Honors

2018, Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science
2015, Developmental Affective Neuroscience Symposium Travel Stipend
2012, Department of Human Development’s Student Travel Award, University of Maryland
2012, NIMH Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science Center Conference Travel Award

Editorial and Academic Positions

Editorial Positions

Ad-hoc Reviewer

Behaviour Research and Therapy
Child Development
Cognition and Emotion
Depression and Anxiety
Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
Development and Psychopathology
Developmental Psychobiology
Developmental Science
Infant Mental Health Journal
Journal of Affective Disorders
Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychology
Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
Journal of Experimental Child Psychology
Journal of Experimental Psychopathology
Psychiatric Research

Leadership and Memberships

Memberships in Professional Organizations

Society of Biological Psychiatry
Society for Research in Child Development