University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families

University of Vermont College of Medicine Vermont Center for Children, Youth and Families Hudziak Lab

Hudziak Lab

Current Research

Neuroanatomical Sequelae of Sports-Related Brain Injury

Concussions are becoming increasingly prevalent in high impact sports such as hockey and football, and athletes often return to play shortly after injury only to suffer subsequent concussions within a short time period. In this study, we are using state of the art imaging methods in order to measure changes in brain structure, function, and vasculature that may follow head trauma. In addition to identifying brain areas that are most affected by sports-related brain injury, we are also studying behavioral changes that may occur after head injury. In the the future, this research may help with rehabilitation efforts and return-to-play decisions.

Role:PI

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Risk and Resilience in Maltreated Children

This protocol outlines plans to examine epigenetic modifiers of depression and other stress related psychiatric disorders in maltreated children. Four hundred 9-15 year old children will be recruited for this study: 200 maltreated children with a recent out-of-home placement and 200 demographically-matched comparison children with no history of maltreatment or exposure to domestic violence. 

Role: PI (MPI Project)

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Determinants of Adolescent Exercise Behavior: Towards Evidence-Based Intervention

This application proposes a combined survey, laboratory, and intervention study using the unique data collection in the Netherlands Twin Register (NTR) with longitudinal assessment of exercise behavior and many of its potential (environmental) moderators at ages 7, 9, 12, 14, 16, and 18. It aims to determine the causes of individual differences in voluntary exercise behavior from childhood to young adulthood and use this information to develop a novel family-based E-intervention program to change exercise behavior in young adolescents. Click here to see how you can join our study.

Role: PI

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Child Behavior Checklist-Dysregulation Profile: Genes, Environment, and Life Course

The Office of Vermont Health Access and the Department of Developmental Disabilities and Mental Health Services, "Vermont Child Initiative Program", in collaboration with Fletcher Allen (UVM) and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center. Children seeking evaluation and treatment at the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families (VCCYF) present with a wide range of behavior problems. For those who need treatment, many options are considered including individual or family psychotherapy, medications, school-based interventions and combinations of treatment. The ability to assess personality dimensions before and after treatment will allow us to begin to answer many important and as of yet unknown questions.

Role: Mentor

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Patterns Of Mood And Anxiety Disorders In Parents Of Clinically Referred Children: Laying The Foundation For A Family-Based Approach To Mental Health In Singapore


The primary aim of this study is to characterize patterns of psychiatric diagnosis and mental health problems among the parents of clinically-referred youth with mood and anxiety disorders in Singapore.

PI: Dr. Sharon Cohan Sung                                                

Role: Foreign Collaborator

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The Neurobiology and Developmental Trajectories in Children at Risk for Severe Psychopathology

Role: Co-Investigator

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Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation. "Donald J. Cohen Medical Student Training Program           

The goals of the program, in keeping with the mission of the Department of Psychiatry and the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry within the Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families:

1) to create positive mentoring relationships between medical students and child psychiatrists

2) to teach empirically-based and family-centered assessment

3) to encourage students to consider a career in child and adolescent psychiatry

Role: Mentor

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