Headshot portrait of Whitney Wells - Bio-X Undergraduate Fellow
2012 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Human Biology (Computer Science minor)
Supported by: Bio-X
Mentor: James Gross, Professor of Psychology

Whitney is a senior majoring in human biology and minoring in computer science. Through the HumBio program, she has enjoyed studying psychology from an interdisciplinary perspective and next year will go to Oxford to do a tutorial on abnormal psychology. She is currently doing research in Dr. James Gross's lab, studying emotion regulation in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Her project combines a wide range of techniques to look for differences in emotion regulation--from qualitative interviews with parents to fMRI analysis of brain activation during emotion regulation tasks. She hopes that this research will one day benefit autism therapies.

Poster presented at the Stanford Bio-X Interdisciplinary Initiatives Symposium on August 27, 2012:

Emotion Regulation in Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Whitney Wells1,2, Antonio Hardan3, James Gross2
[Departments of Human Biology1, Psychology2, and Psychiatry & Behavioral Science3,Stanford University]