PhD, Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington
Cohort Five Fellow


Academic Mentor
Katie McLaughlin
Department of Child Clinical Psychology, University of Washington

Policy Mentor
Lucy Berliner
Director, Harborview Center for Sexual Assault & Traumatic Stress

Current Institutional Affiliation
Columbia University: Postdoctoral Research Scientist

Area of Expertise

Adverse Childhood Experiences, Developmental Psychopathy, Adolescents and Young Adults


Charlotte Heleniak received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, and her PhD in Child Clinical Psychology from the University of Washington. Her program of research has focused on how childhood adversity impacts emotion regulation and social cognition in ways that predict adolescent psychopathology using self-report, behavioral, psychophysiological, and cognitive neuroscience methods. Charlotte’s graduate work earned her the Top Scholar Award from the University of Washington and the Frank W. Putnam Trauma Research Scholar Award from the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies. Her most recent research, on how violence exposure disrupts the neurobiological underpinnings of social cognition in adolescents, was awarded funding from both the National Institute of Mental Health and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation.