Jen Silvers is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology where she teaches courses on developmental psychology, emotion and neuroscience. Jen also directs the Social Affective Neuroscience and Development Laboratory, where she and her lab members use neuroscience tools to understand the effects of stress and social relationships on the emotional brain in children and adolescents.
Jen grew up in Bethesda, MD and earned B.A. degrees in Psychology and Cognitive Science at the University of Virginia. After spending two years working as a research assistant at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington, D.C., Jen completed her Ph.D. and postdoctoral training at Columbia University in New York. Nine years in New York City left Jen with a strong appreciation for bagels and public transportation, but also with an even stronger desire to never walk her dog through snowdrifts again (thanks, LA!).
Jen and her husband, Jason, have a dog child, Sally, and two human children, Ellie and Sebastian. Sally, Ellie and Sebastian enjoy getting all kinds of attention from UCLA students and proving to Jen that she knows a lot less about development than she thinks. The Silvers Buhle family loves all of the joyous things that LA has to offer, especially food, film, art and nature.
African American Studies and History
Education & Organizational Change
Theater and Performance Studies
De Neve East
De Neve West
Education & Asian American Studies
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