What is your name? Where were you born? Where did you go to college?
My name is Melanie Vandersluis and I was born in Ypsilanti, MI and grew up in Pinckney, MI. I went to Michigan State University for undergrad and graduated with my BS in Psychology and a minor in Cognitive Sciences – go green!
What interests you about the ABCD Study/research?
When I was at MSU, I loved my developmental psychology classes, so I knew that I wanted to go into research that was focused on adolescent development. I love that ABCD follows kids throughout their late childhood/adolescence and tracks their brain changes. It’s so interesting to see how these kids change due to their environments and experiences.