Dr. Galván's research focuses on adolescent brain development. Specifically, her work examines how changes in brain maturation during adolescence relate to adolescent behavior and decision-making.
Research questions in her laboratory are addressed using a multidisciplinary approach, including behavioral, physiological, and neuroimaging (e.g. fMRI) methods. Recent work has examined developmental trajectories in neurobiological substrates underlying affect processing as they relate to risk-taking behavior. Currently, research projects address the role of social influence and peer pressure on decision-making and neural activity in typically developing children and adolescents.
Another line of research examines functional brain development in adolescent risk-takers (e.g. adolescent smokers, methamphetamine-addicted adolescents), particularly as it relates to cognitive control and risky decision-making.
American Psychological Association Early Career Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award (2016)
Cognitive Neuroscience Society Young Investigator Award (2016)
Department of Psychology Distinguished Teaching Award (2015)
American Psychological Association Division 7 Boyd McCandless Award (2014)
William T. Grant Young Scholars Award (2013)