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Faculty Name

Elysia Poggi Davis, PhD

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Associate Professor Department of Psychology University of Denver


​Department of Psychology

University of Denver

Description of Research

Dr. Davis’ major areas of interest are:

·         The early/developmental origins of health and disease
·         The developmental consequences of gestational exposure to stress
·         Individual differences in development of HPA axis regulation
·         The influence of stress and stress hormones on brain development
·         Sex differences in vulnerability to early life stress
The multidisciplinary research that is conducted in her lab examines biological and social/behavioral processes in human pregnancy and in fetal, infant and child development. This research is addresses a major health issue involving the role of early experiences in determining the risk for health and disease across the lifespan.  Specifically, her program of research evaluates the way that prenatal exposure to maternal psychosocial stress and stress hormones is incorporated into the developmental program and the influence this has on adaptation to the postnatal world. She has used two complementary approaches to evaluate the influence of prenatal stress and stress hormones for development.  The first approach evaluates the effects of prenatal exposure to synthetic glucocorticoids and the second identifies the consequences of natural variations in maternal psychosocial stress and stress hormones.  These projects, supported by grants from NICHD and NIMH, investigate the role that prenatal exposure to stress and stress hormones play in determining individual differences in stress and emotional regulation, cognitive functioning and brain development.



Phenomenology; Biomarkers: Human and Animal Models

Clinical and special developmental populations

Anxiety; Co-Morbid Medical Illnesses; Child; Depression; Infant; Pregnancy


University of Denver
Frontier Hall

Contact email

Faculty/Lab Website

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Post-doctoral trainees


Institution and Research Topic

University of Denver

Prenatal/early origins of health and development

Mentor since



​University of Denver

Contact Number

(303) 871-3790

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Created at 10/18/2012 3:44 PM by Greco-Sanders, Linda
Last modified at 5/10/2017 10:45 AM by Greco-Sanders, Linda