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Tottenham Nim

Nim Tottenham, PhD

Member, Scientific Research Council
Child Mind Institute
Developmental Affective Neuroscience Laboratory
Professor of Psychology
Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology, Columbia University
Associate Professor
Child Study Center, Yale School of Medicine

Nim Tottenham, PhD, examines brain development underlying emotional behavior in humans. Her research has highlighted fundamental changes in brain circuitry across development and the powerful role that early experiences, such as caregiving and stress, have on the construction of these circuits. She has authored over 80 journal articles and book chapters. She is a frequent lecturer both nationally and internationally on human brain and emotional development.


  • National Institute of Mental Health, Biobehavioral Research Awards for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS)
  • American Psychological Association, Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology
  • Developmental Science Early Career Researcher Prize


  • Weill Cornell Medical College, Postdoctoral Fellow of Psychology in Psychiatry
  • University of Minnesota, PhD
  • Barnard College of Columbia University, BA, Psychology