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Regina M. Sullivan, PhD

Developmental Neuroscientist; Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry; Nathan Kline Institute (NKI)
Regina M. Sullivan, PhD

Regina Sullivan, PhD, is a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the NYU School of Medicine and a Developmental Behavioral Neurobiologist in the Emotional Brain Institute (EBI) at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research.

Dr. Sullivan’s expertise as a developmental neuroscientist provides our residents with exposure to cutting edge research on brain development.  She also receives funding that enables our students to gain experience in French Neuroscience laboratories and for French students to gain research experience in our department’s Neuroscience laboratories.

Dr. Sullivan's research interests include understanding the neurobiology of infant attachment to the caregiver and the impact of attachment quality on development of the brain to control cognitive and emotional development. Dr. Sullivan’s research is funded by multiple grants from The National Institutes of Health.

Dr. Sullivan’s neuroscience research enables us to better understand how early life experiences can alter brain development and provide more effective strategies for interventions and therapies for children.  Importantly, her research has highlighted the important role of the caregiver in defining how the brain processes information about the world.

Dr. Sullivan received her PhD in biopsychology from The City University of New York. She completed post-doctoral training at Duke University and The University of California-Irvine.

Prior to joining the faculty at NYU, Dr. Sullivan was Co-Director of The Neurobehavioral Institute at The University of Oklahoma. She has also held visiting academic positions at Universite Pierre & Marie Curie and Universite Claude Bernard in France and Kochi Medical School in Japan.

Dr. Sullivan is the author of over 100 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters and other professional publications. She is a frequent lecturer on the neurobiology of attachment with presentation in the US, Europe, Asia and South America. Her service includes membership on the NIH Mental Health Council on Neurodevelopment, NIMH RDoC on negative affect, NIH Blueprint, NIH Scientific Review Charter member, and she has served as president of both the Society for Neuroscience Oklahoma Chapter and the International Society for Developmental Psychobiology. She is currently on the editorial board of a number of journals and associate editor of Developmental Psychobiology and Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.