Publications & CV

Sonya V. Troller-Renfree, PhD

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

Academic Background

Assistant Professor
Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York

Goldberg Post-doctoral Fellow

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


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


Peer-Reviewed Articles in Refereed Journals

Electronic copies of these publications are available for individual, non-commercial use only

  1. Sperber, J.F., Hart, E.R., Troller-Renfree, S. V., Watts, T.W., Noble, K.G. (2022). The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on infant development and maternal mental health in the first 2 years of life. Infancy. doi: 10.1111/infa.12511. PMID: 36240072. Journal Link

  2. Finkel, M.A.,Troller-Renfree, S.V., & Noble K.G. (2022). Co-Rooming Accounts for Socioeconomic Disparities in Infant Sleep Quality among Families Living in Urban Environments. Children, 9(10), 1429. Journal Link

  3. Troller-Renfree, S. V., Costanzo, M. A., Duncan, G. J., Magnuson, K., Gennetian, L. A., Yoshikawa, H., Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Nathan A. Fox, & Noble, K. G. (2022). Reply to Assari and Lantz: Heterogeneity in BFY impacts. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(35), e2201864119. Journal Link

  4. Valadez, E. A., Morales, S., Buzzell, G. A., Troller-Renfree, S. V., Henderson, H. A., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Pine, D. S., & Fox, N. A. (in press). Development of proactive control and anxiety among behaviorally inhibited adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Journal Link

  5. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Costanzo, M.A., Duncan, G.J., Magnuson, K., Gennetian, L.A., Yoshikawa, H., Halpern-Meekin, S., Fox, N.A., and Noble, K.G. (2022). The impact of a poverty reduction intervention on infant brain activity. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 119(5), e2115649119. doi: 10.1073/pnas.2115649119. Journal Link | Academic Talk

  6. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Hart, E.R., Sperber, J.F., Fox, N.A., & Noble, K.G. (in press). Associations among stress and language and socioemotional development in a low-income sample. Development and Psychopathology, 1-9. doi:10.1017/S0954579421001759. Journal Link

  7. Wiltshire C.A., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Giebler, M.E., & Noble, K.G. (2021). Associations among average parental educational attainment, maternal stress, and infant screen exposure at 6 months of age. Infant Behavior and Development, 65. doi: 10.1016/j.infbeh.2021.101644 - Journal Link

  8. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Morales, S., Leach, S.C., Bowers, M.E., Debnath, R., Fifer, W.P., Fox, N.A., & Noble, K.G. (2021). Feasibility of Assessing Brain Activity using Mobile, In-home Collection of Electroencephalography: Methods and Analysis. Developmental Psychobiology, 1-11. doi: 10.1002/dev.22128 - Preprint | Journal Link

  9. Morales, S., Zeytinoglu, S., Buzzell, G.A., Valadez, E.A., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Bowers, M.E., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Degnan, K.A., Almas, A.N., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2021). Neurocognitive Profiles in Adolescence Predict Subsequent Anxiety Trajectories during the COVID-19 Pandemic. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2021.06.004. - Journal Link

  10. Valadez, E.A., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Buzzell, G.A., Henderson, H.A., Chronis-Tuscano, A., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2021). Behavioral Inhibition and Dual Mechanisms of Anxiety Risk: Disentangling Neural Correlates of Proactive and Reactive Control. JCPP Advances, 1(2). doi: 10.1002/jcv2.12022. Preprint | Journal Link

  11. Filippi, C., Subar, A., Ravi, S., Haas, S., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Fox, N.A., Leibenluft, E., & Pine, D.S. (2021). Developmental changes in the association between cognitive control and anxiety. Child Psychiatry & Human Development. doi: 10.1007/s10578-021-01150-5 - Journal Link

  12. Barker, T.V., Buzzell, G.A., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Bowman, L.C., Pine, D.S., & Fox, N.A. (2021). The Influence of Social Motivation on Neural Correlates of Cognitive Control in Girls. Developmental Psychobiology. doi: 10.1002/dev.22086 - Journal Link

  13. Buzzell, G.A., Morales, S., Bowers, M.E., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Pine, D.S., Henderson, H.A., & Fox, N.A. (2021). A two-pathway model for the development of social anxiety. Developmental Science. doi: 10.1111/desc.13040. - Journal Link

  14. Finkel, M.A.,Troller-Renfree. S.V., & Noble K.G. (2020). Higher utilization of social services is associated with higher language scores in children from deeply impoverished families. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 17, 8607. doi: 10.3390/ijerph17228607. - Journal Link

  15. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Brito, N.H., Desai, P.M., Leon‐Santos, A.G., Wiltshire, C.A., Motton, S.N., Meyer, J.S., Isler, J., Fifer, W.P., & Noble, K.G. (2020). Infants of high-stress mothers show alterations in brain function. Developmental Science, 00:e12976. doi: 10.1111/desc.12976 . - Journal Link

  16. Brito, N.H., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Isler, J., Fifer, W.P., & Noble, K.G. (in press). Associations between the home linguistic environment and neural activity during infancy are impacted by household chaos. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100780. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. -Journal Link

  17. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Buzzell, G.A., & Fox, N.A. (2020). Changes in working memory facilitate the transition from reactive to proactive cognitive control during childhood. Developmental Science, 00:e12959. doi: /10.1111/desc.12959. - Link to Preprint | Journal Link

  18. Buzzell, G., Troller-Renfree, S.V., Wade, M., Debnath, R., Morales, S., Zeanah, C.H., Nelson, C.A., & Fox, N.A. (2020). Mediofrontal theta oscillations are disrupted by neglect and confer transdiagnostic risk for psychopathology. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 43, 100777-100777. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100777. - Journal Link

  19. 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. (2020). Relations between catechol-O-methyltransferase Val158Met genotype and inhibitory control development in childhood. Developmental Psychobiology, 62, 181– 190. doi: 10.1002/dev.21901. - PDF Link | Research Gate | Self-Archive Link

  20. 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. (2019). Differences in Parent and Child Report on the Screen for Child Anxiety-Related Emotional Disorders (SCARED): Implications for Investigations of Social Anxiety in Adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology. doi: 10.1007/s10802-019-00609-3. PDF Link | Research Gate

  21. 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

  22. 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/ - PDF Link I Link to Preprint

  23. 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 198, 13-30. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2019.04.077. - PDF Link | Link to Preprint

  24. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Buzzell, G.A. Pine, D.S., Henderson, H. & Fox, N.A. (2019). 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. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2018.06.040. - PDF Link I Link to Preprint

  25. 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, 32(2), 397-409. doi: 10.1017/S0954579419000166. PDF Link I Research Gate

  26. 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

  27. 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

  28. 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

  29. 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

  30. 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

  31. 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

  32. 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

  33. 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

  34. 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

  35. 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

  36. 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

  37. 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

  38. 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

  39. 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

  40. 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

  41. 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

  42. 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

Manuscripts Under Review or Revision

  1. Troller-Renfree, S.V., Hart, E.R., Sperber, J.F., Costanzo, M. A., Gennetian, L. A., Meyer, J.S., Fox, N.A., & Noble K.G. (under review). Associations between maternal stress and infant brain activity among families residing in poverty in the U.S.

  2. Hart, E. R., Troller-Renfree, S. V., Sperber, J. F., & Noble, K. G. (under review). Relations among socioeconomic status, perceived stress, and the home language environment.

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.



  1. National Institute of Child Development (NICHD): K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (amount $1,022,893). Principal Investigator – Troller-Renfree; Primary Mentor: Kimberly G. Noble, Mentor: William Fifer; Collaborators: Jerrold Meyer, Catherine Monk, Charles Nelson, Stephanie Rowley, & Nim Tottenham. Impact Score: 18

  2. 1R01HD087384 (NICHD): Household Income and Child Development in the First Three Years of Life. Role: Co-Investigator ( PIs: Duncan, Magnuson, Noble)


HBCD Application PI: Deoni Proposed: 09/01/21 - 08/31/26

Assessing the Cumulative Impact of Early Life: Substance and Environment Exposure on Child Neurodevelopment and Health
Role: Co-Investigator


  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

2023 Rising Star of the Association for Psychological Science

2020 National Institute of Child Development (NICHD): K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award

2020 Goldberg Postdoctoral Fellowship, Teachers College, Columbia University

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

Current Preregistrations