Psychology and Child Development

College of Liberal Arts

Natasha Duell

Natasha Duell

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Assistant Professor

Contact Information



Postdoctoral Training (NIH T32, NSF SPRF), University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Ph.D., (Developmental) Psychology, Temple University

B.A., Psychology and Social Behavior, University of California Irvine


Courses Taught

CD/PSY 306 Adolescence


Research Interests

Broadly, my research takes a strengths-based approach to identifying contexts and individual characteristics that facilitate adaptive decision-making among youth through three lines of inquiry: (1) positive risk taking, (2) social and biological influences on decision-making, and (3) cross-national comparisons of behavior. To answer my research questions, I use advanced statistical modeling and methods including experimental tasks, ecological momentary assessments, fMRI, and hormone samples. As a scholar, I am committed to cultivating an equitable and inclusive academic environment and to ethical and transparent scientific practices. Learn more about me at my website:


Selected Publications

Duell, N., Perino, M. T., McCormick, E. M., & Telzer, E. H. (2023). Differential processing of risk and reward in delinquent and non-delinquent youthSocial Cognitive Affective Neuroscience, 18, nsad040.

Duell, N., Kwon, S-J., Do, K. T., Turpyn, C. C., Prinstein, M. J., Lindquist, K. A., & Telzer, E. H. (2022)Positive risk taking and neural sensitivity to risk decision making in adolescenceDevelopmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 57, 101142.

Duell, N., Christophe, N. K., & Martin Romero, M. Y. (2022). Risk taking profiles among college students: An examination of health-risk taking, anti-racism action, and college functioning. Journal of American College Health, online first.

Duell, N., & Steinberg, L. (2021)Adolescents take positive risks, too. Developmental Review,  62, 100984.

Duell, N., van Hoorn, J., McCormick, E. M., Prinstein, M. J., & Telzer, E. H. (2021). Hormonal and neural correlates of prosocial conformity in adolescents. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 48, 100936. 

Duell, N., & Steinberg, L. (2020). Differential correlates of positive and negative risk taking in adolescence. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 49, 1162-1178. 

Duell, N., Steinberg, L., Icenogle, G., Chein, J., Chaudhary, N., Di Giunta, L., Dodge, K. A., Fanti, K. A., Lansford, J. E., Oburu, P., Pastorelli, C., Skinner, A. T., Sorbring, E., Tapanya, S., Uribe Tirado, L. M., Alampay, L. P., Al-Hassan, S. M., Takash, H. M. S., Bacchini, D., & Chang, L. (2018). Age patterns in risk taking across the world. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 47, 1052-1072.


Student Publications

Kreidell, K., Duell, N. (2023). When "peer pressure" is positive. Frontiers for Young Minds. 11:1108335. doi: 10.3389/frym.2023.1108335

Netschytailo, H., Duell, N., Prinstein, M. J., & Telzer, E. H. 2022. How adolescents’ resiliency mitigates the relation between household dysfunction and maladaptive behaviorUCLA Undergraduate Research Journal of Psychology, 9, 40-55. 

Huang, Z., & Duell, N. (2020). A novel music therapy intervention utilizing pop music to reduce adolescent anxiety and depressionJournal of Student Research, 9, ISSN: 2167-1907


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