I would like to thank collaborators, project coordinators, graduate students, undergraduate research assistants, and staff who have made the process of research intriguing, fun, and rewarding for me.  This series of photographs is just a small representation of that large group of individuals to whom I owe so much.


Thanks Everyone!

Patty Brennan 


*Scroll through the slide shows below to learn more about our lab history


Emily Grekin, my first graduate student, presenting a poster

Sarnoff Mednick 

Best. Mentor. Ever.

The California Years: 

Pre-doctoral and Post-Doctoral Training

National and International Collaborations:

Youth at Risk Studies in Australia, Denver, and Palo Alto

My Early Graduate and Undergraduate Students

Emory: The Most Recent Chapter

Connie Hammen and the Research Coordinators from the Age-20 Mater Hospital study


The foundation of the BUILD lab is the team of fabulous undergraduate and graduate researchers and our project manager, Julie!


Build Lab Alumni: Where Are They Now?  

We are proud of the impact our alumni continue to make through their work and service!

Cassie Hendrix, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
Department of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
NYU Langone Medical Center
Brooke Reidy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Division of Behavioral Medicine and Clinical Psychology
Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center
Nika Anne Winiarski, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Rush Medical College
Yunsoo Park, Ph.D. 
Senior Education Researcher
Center for Learning and Development
SRI International: Washington DC
Brittany Robinson, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Mercer University
Erica Smearman, M.D., Ph.D.
Plastic Surgery Resident
Emory University School of Medicine
Lulu Dong, Ph.D.
Associate Behavioral and Social Scientist
Rand Corporation
Santa Monica, CA
Julia C. Schechter, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
Duke University Medical Center
Sarah Brand-McCarthy, Ph.D.
Research Associate
Department of Psychiatry/Psychology
Mayo Clinic - Rochester
Stacy R. Ryan-Pettes, Ph.D. 
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
Baylor University

Patrick Sylvers, Ph.D.
Psychologist and Clinical Researcher
Director of Psychology Training
VA Pudget Sound Health Care System

Amanda Church, Ph.D.
Crime Analyst
Roanoke, Virginia Police Department

Dawn Ilardi, Ph.D. 
Department of Rehabilitation
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta at Scottish Rite

Emily Grekin, Ph.D. 
Associate Professor of Psychology
Associate Chair/Graduate Director
Wayne State University