Bridget Callaghan, assistant professor of psychology in the UCLA College, has been named recipient of the David Kucharski Young Investigator Award from the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology.

The Kucharski award honors the memory of David Kucharski, a promising young investigator in the field of developmental psychobiology. Callaghan was honored for her academic accomplishments and contributions to the field.

Callaghan studies how different early life experiences influence interactions between physical and mental health across the lifespan. She directs the Brain and Body Lab, which has a goal of using research that combines analysis of behavior, neural systems (using fMRI), gastrointestinal bacteria and health (i.e., the microbiome), and physiology (e.g., gastric function, heart rate, skin conductance) to create better mental and physical health treatments across development, informed by psychological functioning, trauma history, and central and peripheral biology.

She will give a special presentation of her work at the society’s annual meeting in October in Chicago.