Margaret J. Briggs-Gowan, Ph.D.Associate Professor, Psychiatry
- Education & Training
- Committees & Organizations
- Research Opportunities
Margaret Briggs-Gowan, Ph.D., is the Interim Division Chief of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She is a developmental psychologist by training with particular expertise in developmental psychopathology, and additional training in epidemiology and public health. In addition to this role, Dr. Briggs-Gowan chairs a mock study section for behavioral and social sciences at UConn Health and leads the Family Adversity and Resilience Program, a research lab focused on improving our understanding of how exposure to trauma, stress, and other forms of adversity affects children and their families.
|M.S.||Yale University||Developmental Psychology|
|M.Phil.||Yale University||Developmental Psychology|
|Ph.D.||Yale University||Developmental Psychology|
|Professional Training||Yale University School of Epidemiology and Public Health||NIMH Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Mental Health Services|
|Name of Award/Honor||Awarding Organization|
|First 100 Plus Award||Connecticut Coalition Against Domestic Violence|
|Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring Child Mental Health Research, Scholarly and Academic Activities||Child Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, UConn Health|
|Jane C. Bourns Award for Excellence, Recognizing Significant Contributions to the Field of Infant/Early Childhood Mental Health||Connecticut Association for Infant Mental Health|
|Solnit Fellowship Award, Leadership Development Initiative||ZERO TO THREE|
Teaching experiences center on integrating developmental psychopathology principles into medical student and psychiatry training.
|Name & Description||Category||Role||Type||Scope||Start Year||End Year|
|UCONN Health Mock Study Section in Behavioral and Social Sciences||Other||Chair||UConn Health||University||2017|
|NIMH Risk Prevention and Health Behavior Integrated Review Group: Psychosocial Development, Risk and Prevention Study Section (PDRP)||Study Section||Member||External||National||2012||2018|
Dr. Briggs-Gowan’s current research broadly centers on mental health problems in young children, including identifying risk factors, and pinpointing underlying genetic, stress-response, and neurocognitive factors involved in these processes. She has expertise in psychometric assessment and early identification of young children who are beginning to manifest problems. In this area, she has devoted a significant portion of her career to developing tools for identifying very early problems, including the Infant-Toddler Social and Emotional Assessment (ITSEA) and Brief ITSEA (BITSEA). Her research has helped to demonstrate that standardized assessment tools are essential to improving our ability to identify those young children and families who may benefit from early intervention. Another focus of Dr. Briggs-Gowan’s research has been the investigation of how exposure to interpersonal trauma (e.g., domestic violence) affects young children’s development. In collaboration with Dr. Damion Grasso, she is currently leading the Adaptation and Resilience in Childhood Study (ARCS), an NIMH-funded study of a high-risk cohort of young children many of whom have experienced domestic violence. The ARCS study is investigating the hypothesis that differences in children’s biological and behavioral responses to stimuli will help to explain why some children develop emotional and behavioral problems whereas others are resilient following trauma. An ultimate goal of this research is to inform the development of innovative interventions to build resilience in highly vulnerable young children.
The Family Adversity and Resilience Program (FARR Program) currently has three active NIH-funded studies centered on understanding how exposure to stress, trauma and other adversity affects children and families. We have many research opportunities for individuals from all levels of training (undergraduate, doctoral, and medical students, as well as residents and fellows).
|Title or Abstract||Type||Sponsor/Event||Date/Year||Location|
|Clauther E, Grasso DJ, Briggs-Gowan M, McCarthy K, & Scranton V (2018, October). Do differences in threat reactivity help explain the link between violence exposure and psychopathology in young children?||Poster||International Society for Traumatic Stress||2018||34th Annual Meeting, Washington DC|
|Briggs-Gowan MJ (April, 2018). Early Emergent Symptoms of Anxiety and Irritability Relate to Disruptions in Face Processing in Young Children. In Brotman, M. (Chair). Unique and Overlapping Neural and Behavioral Correlates in Anxiety and Irritability.||Talk||Anxiety and Depression Conference||2018||Washington DC|
|Deveney CM, Pagliaccio D, Estabrook R, Burns J, Voss J, Zobel E, Brotman M, Briggs-Gowan M, & Wakschlag L (May, 2017). Temporally sensitive neural measures of inhibition in preschool children with varying irritability symptoms. In Leibenluft E & Tseng WL (Chairs). Childhood Irritability: Insights from Multiple Brain-Based Modalities.||Talk||72nd Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry||2018||San Diego, CA|
|Melville A, Grasso D, McCarthy K, Howell C, Wakschlag L & Briggs-Gowan M (2017, October). Risk and Resilience to Family Conflict: Exploring Preschool Children Responses to Family Conflict as Predictors of Behavioral Outcomes.||Poster||International Society for Traumatic Stress||2017||33rd Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL|
|Greene CA, McCarthy K, Wakschlag LS, & Briggs-Gowan MJ (2017, November). Responsive parenting buffers the impact of maternal mental health symptoms on young children’s trauma symptoms.||Talk||3rd International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies Annual Meeting||2017||Chicago, IL|
|Lighten A, Greene C, McCarthy K, Wakschlag LS, & Briggs-Gowan MJ (2016, October). Maternal emotion socialization: A novel observational measure.||Poster||American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry||2016||New York, NY|
|Gray S, Forbes D, Briggs-Gowan M, & Carter AS. How does caregiver insightfulness relate to child outcomes among violence-exposed and non-exposed young children?||Talk||Society for Research in Child Development||2015||Philadelphia, PA|
|Grasso DJ, Wakschlag LS & Briggs-Gowan MJ. Constellations of child-directed and partner violence among families with preschoolers and associated risk.||Talk||27th Annual Convention for the Association for Psychological Science||2015||New York, NY|
|Greene C, Chan G, Grasso DJ, Ford JD, McCarthy K, Wakschlag L, Briggs-Gowan MJ. Maternal risk and protective factors in the relationship between mothers’ maltreatment history and their preschool children’s functioning.||Talk||27th Annual Convention for the Association for Psychological Science||2015||New York, NY|
|Shah A, Grasso D J, Wakschlag LS, Anderson E, Ford JD, & Briggs-Gowan MJ (2014, October). Childhood exposure to potentially traumatic events: Effects on PTSD symptoms and sex differences.||Poster||American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry||2014||San Francisco, CA|
|Curtis P, O’Brien TC, Berman G, Merrick J, Wakschlag L, Briggs-Gowan M. Emotion understanding partially meditates the relationship between language and preschooler’s socially competent behavior.||Poster||Association for Psychological Science||2014||San Franscisco, CA|
|Nichols et al. (2013). Developmental Components of Low Concern as Facets of Preschool Disruptive Behavior: Disregard for Others’ Distress and Resistance to Discipline||Talk||Society for Research in Child Development||2013||Seattle, Washington|