Dr. Gonzalez received her PhD (2008) in Psychology and Neuroscience from the University of Toronto and recently completed her CIHR- and Lawson Foundation-funded postdoctoral fellowships at the Offord Centre for Child Studies under the mentorship of Drs. Harriet MacMillan, Michael Boyle and Louis Schmidt. Dr. Gonzalez’s current research focus is to understand the mechanisms by which early experiences are transmitted across generations and how preventive interventions may affect this transmission. More specifically, she is interested in how biological, neuropsychological and psychosocial factors contribute to parenting processes and subsequent child developmental outcomes. She has received funding from SSHRC and CIHR and received a NARSAD New Investigator award. In 2013, she was awarded a CIHR Brain Star Award and is the 2014 recipient of the Canadian Psychological Association’s New Researcher of the Year Award.
- Atkinson, L., Gonzalez, A., Basile, V., Maselis, M., Pereira, J., Chisholm, V.C. & Levitan, R. (2013). Maternal sensitivity and infant and mother adrenocortical function across challenges. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 2943-2951 doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2013.08.001.
- Gonzalez, A., Boyle, M., Khu, H.H., Georgiades, K., Duncan, L., & MacMillan, H.L. (2012). Childhood influences on depression, chronic conditions and their comorbidity: findings from the Ontario Child Health Study.Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46(11), 1475-1482.
- Gonzalez, A., Jenkins, J., Steiner, M., & Fleming, A.S. (2012). Neuropsychology and physiology as intervening variables between early life adversity and current maternal functioning. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 51(7), 673-682.