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Led by principal investigator Brittany Howell, Ph.D., the Howell Lab, also called the Maternal Influences on Neurodevelopment (MIND) Lab, is dedicated to improving mother-infant health outcomes for our community by exploring the factors that influence healthy infant brain and behavioral development.

We help families in our community through scientific research and provide a welcoming environment for our research participants. We perform a variety of assessments, while focusing on provide a welcoming, safe environment for all of our research participants. All of our research methods are non-invasive, and help our researchers understand and define characteristics that influence healthy infant brain development. Known factors that are important to healthy neurodevelopment include feeding and sleep habits, nutrition, stress levels, and social interactions.

Meet the Lab



  • Sadia Ahmed, Graduate Research Assistant, Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine

Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine Volunteers

  • Michaela Pesce, Class of 2022

Undergraduate Students

  • Kellyn Rivera Rivas, Human Development, Virginia Tech Class of 2022
  • Tishya Anand, Clinical Neuroscience, Virginia Tech Class of 2023


  • Erin VandeLinde, IBCLC
  • Grayson Russell, High School Student