Irene Tung, M.A., is a sixth year doctoral candidate in the Clinical Psychology program at UCLA and a National Science Foundation predoctoral fellow. She received her B.A. in Psychology and English Literature from UCLA in 2011. Broadly, Irene is interested in using a developmental psychopathology perspective to identify mechanisms of risk and resilience across childhood and adolescence, particularly for youth exposed to early life stress and adversity (e.g., maltreatment). She is currently working on better understanding how children’s genotypes and early temperaments interact with the environment (e.g., prenatal stress, parenting, peer relations) to influence the onset, developmental trajectory, and consequences of youth externalizing behavior, including aggression, delinquency, ADHD, and early substance abuse.
In addition to her research activities, Irene is currently completing her predoctoral clinical internship training at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) in the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), where she provides inpatient and outpatient therapy and assessment services for children, families, and adults. She has previous experience delivering evidence-based treatments in a range of outpatient and school-based community mental health settings, including Providence St. John’s Child and Family Development Center, the UCLA Semel Institute, and UCLA TIES for Families.