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Our lab investigates the effects of early life environment on the brain, behavior and affect in both rats and humans in three distinct lines of research. The first line examines the effect of variations in maternal care on the female hypothalamic-pituitary-gonadal axis and its impact on the behavior and affect of offspring. The second investigates the effect of prenatal alcohol exposure or early life environment on alcohol use and abuse. The third line focuses on parent-child interactions and their effects on risky behavior (including sexual and alcohol consumption), relationships and health in humans. Combined, these lines of research complement each other, give our research program a translational approach, and allow us to test with humans the hypotheses derived from our animal work. Ultimately, our research seeks to help identify mechanisms by which early life environment programs subsequent behavior and physiology.