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Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development

Lilly Shanahan

Lilly Shanahan, Prof. Dr.

  • Professor of Clinical Developmental Psychology
  • Department of Psychology
  • Principal Investigator of Risk & Resilience Research Area
  • Co-Project Director z-proso
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AND 4.12

Appointments and affiliations

I am an Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology of the University of Zurich (UZH, Switzerland), where I conduct research at the intersection of developmental, clinical, and health psychology. I am also associated with the «Jacobs Center for Productive Youth Development», «The International Max Planck Research School on the Life Course» (LIFE), and the «z-Proso International Research Network».

I am also affiliated with the «Center for Developmental Epidemiology» at Duke University Medical Center, USA, and hold an adjunct appointment in Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH).

Curriculum vitae

I received my education at Friedrich-Schiller-Universität, Jena (Germany), Université Paul Valéry, Montpellier (France), and The Pennsylvania State University, State College (USA). Upon receiving my PhD at Penn State, I was a «National Institute of Child Health and Human Development» (NICHD) post-doctoral fellow at the «Carolina Consortium on Human Development» at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Center for Developmental Epidemiology, Duke University Medical Center.

From 2008 to 2011, I was Assistant Professor of Psychology at UNC-Greensboro, working at the intersection of Developmental and Clinical Psychology. From 2012 to 2016, I was Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience in the UNC-Chapel Hill Developmental Psychology program.

Find my detailed CV here:

CV Lilly Shanahan (PDF, 704 KB)

Research focus

  • Intersection of mental and physical health in the early life course
  • Development of depression and anxiety from childhood to young adulthood
  • Integrating models of psychosocial (e.g., family dysfunction) and biological risk (e.g., inflammation)
  • Sex differences in development


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