Publications & CV

Sonya V. Troller-Renfree, PhD

Teachers College at Columbia University, Department of Biobehavioral Sciences, 525 West 120th St., New York, NY, 10023

troller-renfree@tc.columbia.edu || trollerrenfr@gmail.com

Academic Background

Post-doctoral Research Associate

Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New YorkAdvisor: Kimberly G. Noble2018-pres

Ph.D.

Human Development and Quantitative Methodology, University of Maryland, College Park, Maryland, 2018.Advisor: Nathan A. FoxDissertation: The development of cognitive control during childhood: A neurocognitive perspective.2012-2018

Post-baccalaureate Research Assistant

Children’s Hospital Boston, Boston, MassachusettsAdvisor: Charles A. Nelson2010-2012

B.A. With Honors in Psychology

The University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin, 2010Advisor: Seth D. PollakThesis: Untangling the effects of biological father absence on adolescent development2006-2010

Publications

Manuscripts Under Review

  1. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Brito, N.H., Desai, P.M., Meyer, J.S., Isler, J., Fifer, W.P., & Noble, K.G. (under review). Infants of high-stress mothers show a maturational lag in brain function.
  2. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Buzzell, G.A., & Fox, N.A. (under review). Changes in working memory facilitate the transition from reactive to proactive cognitive control during childhood. - Link to Preprint
  3. Finkel, M.A.,Troller-Renfree. S.V., & Noble K.G. (under review). Higher utilization of social services is associated with higher language scores in children from deeply impoverished families.
  4. Brito, N.H., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Isler, J., Fifer, W.P., & Noble, K.G. (under review). Associations between the home linguistic environment and neural activity during infancy are impacted by household chaos.
  5. Buzzell, G., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Wade, M., Debnath, R., Morales, S., Zeanah, C.H., Nelson, C.A., & Fox, N.A. (under review). Mediofrontal theta oscillations are disrupted by neglect and confer transdiagnostic risk for psychopathology.
  6. Buzzell, G.A., Morales, S., Bowers, M.E., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Pine, D.S., Henderson, H.A., & Fox, N.A. (under review). A two-pathway model for the development of social anxiety.
  7. Barker, T.V., Buzzell, G.A., Troller-Renfree,S.V., Bowman, L., Pine, D.S., & Fox,N.A. (under review). The influence of social motivation on neural correlates of cognitive control in adolescent girls.

Peer-Reviewed Articles in Refereed Journals

  1. Bowers, M.E., Reider, L.B., Morales, S., Buzzell, G.A., Miller, N., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Pine, D.S., Henderson, H.A., & Fox, N.A. (in press). Differences in Parent and Child Report on the Screen for Child Anxiety-Related Disorders (SCARED): Implications for Investigations of Social Anxiety in Adolescence.
  2. Bowers, M.E., Buzzell, G.A., Salo, V., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Hodgkinson, C.A., Goldman, D., Gorodetsky, E., Martin McDermot, J., Henderson, H.A., & Fox, N.A. (in press). Relations between catechol-O-methyltransferase Val158Met genotype and inhibitory control development in childhood. Developmental Psychobiology. PDF Link
  3. Vraga, E.K., Bode, L., Smithson, A., & Troller-Renfree, S.V. (2019). Accidentally attentive: Comparing visual, close-ended, and open-ended measures of attention on social media. Computers in Human Behavior. doi: 10.1016/j.chb.2019.05.017 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  4. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Buzzell, G., Salo, V., Bowers, M., Forman-Alberti, A., Smith, E., Papp, L., McDermott, J.M., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2019). Development of inhibitory control during childhood and its relations to early temperament and later social anxiety: Unique insights provided by latent growth modeling and signal detection theory. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry. doi: 10.31234/osf.io/tj4hn - PDF Link I Link to Preprint
  5. Buzzell, G. A., Barker, T.V., Troller-Refree, S.V., Bernat, E.M., Bowers, M.E., Morles, S., Bowman, L.C., Henderson, H. A., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2019). Adolescent cognitive control, theta oscillations, and social motivation. NeuroImage. doi: 10.1101/366831. - PDF Link | Link to Preprint
  6. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Buzzell, G.A. Pine, D.S., Henderson, H. & Fox, N.A. (2019). Developmental consequences of not planning ahead: reduced proactive control moderates longitudinal relations between behavioral inhibition and anxiety. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. - PDF Link I Link to Preprint
  7. Morales, S., Miller N.V., Troller-Renfree, S.V., White, L.K., Degnan, K.A., Henderson, H.A., Fox, N.A (2019). Attention bias to reward predicts behavioral problems and moderates early risk to externalizing and attention problems. Development and Psychopathology. PDF Link I Research Gate
  8. Lamm, C., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Zeanah, C.H., Nelson, C.A., Fox, N.A. (2018). Impact of early institutionalization on attention mechanisms underlying the inhibition of a planned action. Neuropsychologia. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2018.06.008 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  9. Barker, T.V., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Bowman, L.C., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2018). Social influences of error monitoring in adolescent girls. Psychophysiology, e13089-e13089. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13089 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  10. Troller-Renfree, S., Zeanah, C.H., Nelson, C.A., & Fox, N.A. (2018). Neural and cognitive markers of psychopathology: Insights from the Bucharest Early Intervention Project. Child Development Perspectives, 12(1), 28-33. doi: 10.1111/cdep.12251 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  11. Buzzell, G. A., Troller-Renfree, S., Barker, T. V., Bowman, L. C., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Henderson, H. A., Kagan, J., Pine D. S. & Fox, N. A. (2017). A Neurobehavioral Mechanism Linking Behaviorally Inhibited Temperament and Later Adolescent Social Anxiety. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 56(12), 1097-1105. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2017.10.007 - PDF Link| Research Gate
  12. Montoya, L., Westerlund, A., Troller-Renfree, S., Righi, G., & Nelson, N.A. (2017). The effect of heterogeneous race exposure during infancy. Cognitive Development, 42, 74-83. doi: 10.1016/j.cogdev.2017.02.014 - PDF Link| Research Gate
  13. Bode, L., Vraga, E. K., & Troller-Renfree, S. (2017). Skipping politics: Measuring avoidance of political content in social media. Research & Politics, 4(2). doi: 10.1177/2053168017702990 - PDF Link| Research Gate
  14. Troller-Renfree, S., McLaughlin, K. A., Sheridan, M. A., Nelson, C. A., Zeanah, C. H., & Fox, N. A. (2017). The beneficial effects of a positive attention bias amongst children with a history of psychosocial deprivation. Biological Psychology, 122, 110-120. doi:10.1016/j.biopsycho.2016.04.008 - PDF Link| Research Gate
  15. Vraga, E. K., Bode, L., Smithson, A., & Troller-Renfree, S. (2016). Blurred lines: Defining social, news, and political posts on Facebook. Journal of Information Technology and Politics, 13, 272-294. doi:10.1080/19331681.2016.1160265 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  16. Troller-Renfree, S., Nelson, C. A., Zeanah, C. H., & Fox, N.A. (2016). Deficits in error monitoring are associated with externalizing but not internalizing symptoms amongst children with a history of institutionalization. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 57, 1145–1153. doi:10.1111/jcpp.12604 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  17. Nozadi, S., Troller-Renfree, S., White, L.K., Frenkel, T., Degnan, K.A., Pine, D.S., Bar-Hiem, Y., & Fox, N.A. (2016). The moderating role of attention biases to threat on the link between behavioral inhibition and anxiety in children. Journal of Experimental Psychopathology, 7(3), 451-465. doi:10.5127/jep.052515 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  18. Sylvester, C.M., Barch, D.M., Harms, M.P., Belden, A.C., Oakberg, T.J., Gold, A.L., White, L.K., Benson, B.E., Troller-Renfree, S., Degnan, K.A., Henderson, H.A., Luby, J.L., Fox, N.A., & Pine, D.S. (2016). Early childhood behavioral inhibition predicts cortical thickness in adulthood. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 55(2), 122-129. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2015.11.007 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  19. Vraga, E. K., Bode, L., & Troller-Renfree, S. (2016). Beyond self-reports: Using eye tracking to measure topic and style differences in attention to social media content. Communication Methods and Measures, 10(2-3), 149-164. doi:10.1080/19312458.2016.115044 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  20. Troller-Renfree, S., McDermott, J.M., Nelson, C.A., Zeanah, C.H., & Fox, N.A. (2015). The effects of early foster care intervention on attention biases in previously institutionalized children in Romania. Developmental Science, 18(5), 713-22. doi:10.1111/desc.12261 - PDF Link| Research Gate
  21. Barker, T.V., Troller-Renfree, S., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2015). Individual differences in social anxiety differentially affect the salience of errors in social contexts. Cognitive, affective, and behavioral neuroscience, 1-13. doi:10.3758/s13415-015-0360-9 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  22. Troller-Renfree, S., Barker, T.V., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2015). Cognitive functioning of socially anxious adults: Insights from the NIH Toolbox Cognitive Battery. Frontiers in psychology, 6, 764. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2015.00764 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  23. Righi, G., Westerlund, A., Congdon, E., Troller-Renfree, S., & Nelson, C.A. (2014). Infants’ experience-dependent processing of male and female faces: Insights from eye tracking and event-related potentials. Developmental cognitive neuroscience, 8, 144-152. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2013.09.005 - PDF Link | Research Gate
  24. McDermott, J.E., Troller-Renfree, S., Vanderwert, R., Nelson, C.A., Zeanah, C.H., and Fox, N.A. (2013). Psychosocial deprivation, executive functions and the emergence of socio-emotional behavior problems. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(167), 1-11. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2013.00167 - PDF Link | Research Gate


Book Chapters

  1. Buzzell, G., Troller-Renfree, S., Morales, S. M., & Fox, N.A. (2018). Relations between Behavioral Inhibition, Cognitive Control, and Anxiety: Novel Insights Provided by Parsing Subdomains of Cognitive Control. In N. Fox & K. Perez-Edgar (Eds.), Behavioral Inhibition: Integrating Theory, Research, and Clinical Perspectives. New York, NY: Springer.
  2. Troller-Renfree, S. & Fox, N.A. (2016). Sensitive Periods of Development: Implications for Risk and Resilience. In J. Luby (Ed.), Handbook of Preschool Mental Health (pp. 1-25). New York, NY: The Guilford Press.


Grants


Pending

1. National Science Foundation: Social, Behavioral and Economic Sciences Fellowship Program (amount $138,000). Principal Investigator – Troller-Renfree, Co-Is Kimberly G. Noble and William Fifer.

Past

  1. National Science Foundation: Graduate Research Fellowship (amount $105,000), DGE1322106. Fellow – Troller-Renfree, 05/13-04/18.
  2. Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) SECC Dissertation Funding Award (amount $2000). Principal Investigator – Troller-Renfree, 9/2017-5/2018.
  3. Support Program for Advancing Research and Collaboration (SPARC) Grant (amount $1000). Principal Investigator – Troller-Renfree, 01/17-12/17.
  4. National Institute of Mental Health: Early Experience, Stress and Neurobehavioral Development Center SEED Grant (amount $20,000). Principal Investigator – Troller-Renfree, Co-I Roos, 01/13-01/14.

Honors and Awards

2013-2018 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (GRFP)

2017 Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD) SECC Dissertation Funding Award

2017 Charles Beaumont Dissertation Award in Human Development

2013, 2015, 2017 Society for Research in Child Development Student Travel Award

2016 Support Program for Advancing Research and Collaboration (SPARC) Grant

2015 National Science Foundation Trainee (NSF Grant 1439258, PI: Megan Gunnar)

2015 International Society for Developmental Psychobiology Travel Award

2013 National Institute of Mental Health Interdisciplinary Behavioral Science Center Travel Grant

2012 NIMH Center on Early Experience Stress and Neurobehavioral Development SEED Grant

2012-2014 Early Experience, Stress and Neurobehavioral Development Center Trainee

2012-2014 NICHD Social Development Trainee (Grant T32HD007542)

2009 University of Wisconsin Hilldale Undergraduate Research Fellowship

2009 College of Letters and Science Senior Honors Thesis Research Grant