Stefanie F Gonçalves

Stefanie F Gonçalves

Stefanie F Gonçalves

Graduate Research Assistant

Clinical Psychology: emotion, impulsivity, substance use, health risk behaviors, depression, adolescents, fMRI, heart rate variability

Stefanie is currently a fourth year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at George Mason University. She earned her B.S. in psychology from the University of Maryland in 2014. Prior to attending George Mason, Stefanie worked as a faculty research assistant at the Center for Addictions, Personality, and Emotion Research, as well as a rehabilitation counselor at a mental health non-profit. Stefanie’s research interests involve examining the role of emotion and emotion regulation on impulse control processes, particularly as they relate to the onset of psychopathology and self-destructive behaviors (e.g., substance use) in adolescents. Additionally, Stefanie is interested in how familial and social context influence adolescent emotional development. 

Selected Publications

Gonçalves, S. F., Chaplin T. M., Turpyn, C. C., Niehaus, C. E., Curby, T. W., Sinha, R., & Ansell, E. B. (2019). Difficulties in emotion regulation predict depressive symptom trajectory from early to middle adolescence. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 50(4), 618–630. doi:10.1007/s10578-019-00867-8

Chaplin, T. M., Niehaus, C. E., Gonçalves, S. F. (2018). Stress reactivity and the developmental psychopathology of adolescent substance use. Neurobiology of Stress, 9, 133-139. doi:10.1016/j.ynstr.2018.09.002

Grants and Fellowships

NRSA F31 DA051154                       

June 2020 – May 2022

Using Machine Learning Approaches to Examine Emotion-Related Brain Activity and Substance Use Among Adolescents



Psychology, Bachelor of Science

University of Maryland