Mary Ellen Lynch, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Phone:  404-712-9800
mlynch@emory.edu

Projects:  Dr. Lynch has been a co-investigator on federally-funded longitudinal projects on effects of prenatal alcohol, cocaine and tobacco on development.  She is currently involved in prevention and education efforts for the project.

Education: 
University of Nebraska at Omaha, B.A. in Psychology, 1973.
University of Nebraska at Omaha, M.A. in Psychology, 1975.
Cornell University, Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology, 1982.

Professional Interests:
Research interests include effects of maternal substance abuse on child, adolescent, and adult development; impact of parental characteristics and behavior on child and adolescent development; social perception skills

Selected Publications:
Lynch, M.E., Coles, C.D., Corley, T. C. & Falek, A.  (2003).  Examining delinquency   in adolescents differentially prenatally exposed to alcohol:  The role of proximal and distal risk factors.  Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 64(5), 678-686.

 Brown, J.V., Bakeman, R., Coles, C.D., Platzman, K.A., & Lynch, M.E. (2004).       Prenatal cocaine exposure:  A comparison of 2-year-old children in parental and nonparental care.   Child Development, 75 (4), 1282-1295.

Ma, X., Coles, C.D., Lynch, M.E., LaConte, S., Zurkiya, O. Wang, D., & Hu, X. (2005).  Evaluation of corpus callosum anisotropy in young adults with fetal alcohol syndrome   according to diffusion tensor imaging.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 29, 1214-1222.

Howell, K.K., Lynch, M.E., Platzman, K.A., Smith, G.H., & Coles, C.D. (2006).  Prenatal alcohol exposure and ability, academic achievement, and school functioning in adolescence:  A longitudinal follow-up.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 31, 116-126.

Kable, J.A., Coles, C.D., Lynch, M.E., & Platzman, K. (2008).  Physiological responses to social and cognitive challenges in 8-year-olds with a history of prenatal cocaine exposure.  Developmental Psychobiology, 50, 251-265.

 

Berg, J.P., Lynch, M.E., & Coles, C.D. (2008).  Increased mortality among women who drank alcohol during pregnancy.  Alcohol, 42, 603-610.

Li, L., Coles, C.D., Lynch, M.E., & Hu, X. (2009).  Voxelwise and skeleton-based region of interest analysis of fetal alcohol syndrome and fetal alcohol spectrum disorders in young adults.  Human Brain Mapping, 30 (10), 3265-3274.

Kable, J.A., Coles, C.D., Lynch, M.E., & Carroll, J.A. (2009).  The impact of maternal smoking on fast auditory brain stem responses.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 31, 216-224.    

Li, Z., Coles, C.D., Lynch, M.E., Hamann, S., Peltier, S., LaConte, S., Hu, X. (2009).  Prenatal cocaine exposure alters emotional arousal regulation and its effects on working memory.  Neurotoxicology and Teratology, 31 (6), 342-348.
               
Coles, C.D., Lynch, M.E., Kable, J.A., Johnson, K.C., & Goldstein, F.C. (2010). Verbal and nonverbal memory in adults prenatally exposed to alcohol.  Alcoholism:  Clinical and Experimental Research, 34 (5), 897-906.
               
Coles, C.D., Goldstein, F., Lynch, M.E., Chen, X., Kable, J.A., Johnson, K.C. & Hu, X.  (2011). Memory and brain volume in adults prenatally exposed to alcohol.  Brain and   Cognition, 75, 67-77.

Li, Z., Santhanam, P., Coles, C.D., Lynch, M.E., Hamann, S., Peltier, S., & Hu, X (2011, in press).  Increased “default mode” activity in adolescents prenatally exposed to cocaine. Human Brain Mapping.

Lynch, M.E., Johnson, K.J., Kable, J.A., Carroll, & Coles, C.D. (2011, in press).  Smoking in pregnancy and parenting stress:  Maternal psychological symptoms and socioeconomic status as potential mediating variables.  Nicotine and Tobacco Research