Developmental Psychology, University of Michigan
Cohort Seven Fellow


Academic Mentor
Christopher Monk, PhD
Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, University of Michigan; Research Professor, Survey Research Center, Center for Human Growth and Development

Policy Mentor
Alison Miller
Associate Professor of Health Behavior and Health Education, University of Michigan School of Public Health; Research Associate Professor, Center for Human Growth and Development

Areas of Expertise
Structural Equation Models, Low-Income Families and Individuals, Mental Health and Well-Being


Tyler Hein is a sixth-year Developmental Psychology doctoral student at the University of Michigan. Her research utilizes social contextual, longitudinal, and neuroimaging approaches to evaluate specific mechanisms linking qualitatively different forms of early adversity to adolescent brain development and internalizing psychopathology. Ms. Hein seeks to conduct research that directly aids in the development of effective prevention and intervention strategies to improve health and well-being outcomes for children and families. Prior to beginning graduate school, Ms. Hein graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience and a minor in Chemistry from the University of Pittsburgh, where she researched neural mechanisms underlying the development of irritability in children.


Parsing the Effects of Child Maltreatment on Neurodevelopment and Mental Health

Understanding the specific mechanisms through which child maltreatment and protective factors impact brain development and adolescent mental health is essential to the creation of effective intervention efforts. The aim of this dissertation is to examine the unique effects of qualitatively different forms of child maltreatment and protective factors on affective brain function, as well as anxiety and depression, in a diverse adolescent sample. The first data chapter examines the relation between exposure to abuse, threat-related brain function, and anxiety symptoms. The second data chapter aims to elucidate the relation between exposure to neglect, reward-related brain function, and depression symptoms. The third data chapter investigates the potential buffering effects of protective factors on the relations between abuse and neglect, threat- and reward-related brain function, and anxiety and depression.