Dr. Valadez completed his Ph.D. in Clinical Science at the University of Delaware, where he worked with Drs. Bob Simons and Mary Dozier studying neurocognitive risk markers (measured with EEG and/or fMRI) associated with early adversity and response to treatment. He completed his predoctoral clinical internship at the Medical University of South Carolina. Dr. Valadez works with Dr. Nathan Fox at UMD and Dr. Daniel Pine at the NIMH Intramural Research Program to examine how neurocognitive factors moderate the psychiatric impact of early-life risk factors among youth.

Areas of Interest

  • Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Mood and Anxiety Disorders
  • Children and Adolescents
  • Prevention/Intervention
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  • Ph.D.
    Clinical Science
  • M.A.
  • B.A.

Broadly, I am interested in early risk factors, such as temperament or early adversity, that predict future psychopathology among youth. More specifically, my work seeks to improve understanding of how cognitive control skills (skills involved in the monitoring and adapting of our behavior to achieve a particular goal) may moderate the link between early risk and the future development of mental health difficulties. My work uses a combination of EEG, fMRI, and behavioral measures of cognitive control to improve the prediction and treatment of anxiety and depression among children and adolescents.

Research Methods
Electroencephalogram (EEG)
Functional Brain Imaging
Brain Development
Research Interests
Mood and Anxiety Disorders
Cognitive Development
Environmental Adversity
Temperament and Personality; Individual Differences

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Former Students

Photo of Emilio Valadez smiling and standing in front of a bookcase
Child Development Lab, Seneca Building
Neuroscience and Cognitive Science
evaladez [at] umd.edu