Christopher S. Monk

Research Professor, Population, Neurodevelopment, & Genetics
Professor, Psychology
Professor, Psychiatry Department
Christopher S. Monk


Christopher Monk uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods to examine affective and cognitive processing during adolescent development. In particular, his research focuses on how behavioral and brain-based responses vary with age in normally developing youth as well as those with or at risk for psychopathology, such as anxiety, depression and autism. The ultimate goal of this research program is to better understand why some adolescents effectively navigate their socio-emotional environments, while others struggle and a subset experience the first onset of long-term mental disorders.

  • Computational examination of RDoC threat and reward constructs in a representative, predominantly low-income, longitudinal sample at increased risk for internalizing disorders. (Christopher S. Monk, Luke W. Hyde, Colter M. Mitchell, Scott J. Peltier, Ivaylo D. Dinov, Sekhar Chandra Sripada, Nestor L. Lopez-Duran, Erin B. Ware, Elizabeth Duval, Kelly Marie Bakulski) 2019-2024. NIMH.
  • Epigenetic Mediation of Adverse Social Context on Stress Response, Socioemotional Development, and Health in a Population-based Study of Minority and Low SES Children and Adolescents. (Colter M. Mitchell, Luke W. Hyde, Christopher S. Monk, Nestor L. Lopez-Duran, Erin B. Ware) 2017-2022. National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities.
  • Neurodevelopmental Pathways in Adolescent Health Risk Behavior. (Daniel P. Keating, Christopher S. Monk, Megan E. Patrick, John E. Schulenberg, Douglas C. Noll, Scott J. Peltier, William J. Gehring, Edward Huntley) 2014-2019. NICHD.
  • Effects of poverty on affective development: A multi-level, longitudinal study. (Christopher S. Monk, Colter M. Mitchell, Luke W. Hyde, Richard D. Gonzalez, Scott J. Peltier, Nestor L. Lopez-Duran, James L. Abelson) 2014-2019. NIMH.