Jessica Vandeleest (Co-Director)


Jessica Vandleest (Alitto), Assistant Project Scientist with the McCowan Lab, has research interests that focus on understanding how early social relationships, the larger social environment (e.g., social network structure), and temperament interact to influence an individual’s risk for negative psychological or physiological outcomes. She brings expertise in mother-infant interactions, temperament and personality, and psychoneuroimmunology to the study of how complex and dynamic social relationships and social structure impact health. She also manages McCowan wet lab and plays a primary role in biological sample collection, assay, and data analysis.