Leah is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology doctoral program working with Dr. Lea Dougherty in the Child Stress and Emotions Lab. She received her BA in Neuroscience from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018 with minors in Psychology and Spanish, where she completed her honors thesis examining the effects of age and socioeconomic status on the development of creativity in early childhood. Following graduation, Leah spent two years as a postbaccalaureate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health studying structural and functional neural correlates of Williams syndrome. Her current research interests include understanding how early experiences contribute to risk or resilience in developing psychopathology as well as the use of multimodal methods to study emotion regulation.

Areas of Interest

  • Developmental psychopathology
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Early Life Experiences


  • BA
    Neuroscience, University of Pennsylvania
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lsorcher [at] umd.edu