Jessica Girault, PhD
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Education and Training:
BS, Biology, Salem College
PhD, Neuroscience, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Dr. Girault is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry with an appointment at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Her research utilizes state-of-the-art neuroimaging techniques and laboratory-based behavior assessments to study the dynamic interplay between brain and behavioral development during infancy and early childhood. A major focus of her work is to understand how brain-behavior associations across development are modulated by genetic factors. Currently, Dr. Girault is the principal investigator of projects funded by the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Foundation of Hope to study how genetic background and genetic risk factors shape brain and behavioral development in autism spectrum disorder, Fragile X syndrome, and Down syndrome.