College of Education and Human Development

Institute of Child Development

ICD PhD student Nat Dumornay awarded Ford Foundation Fellowship

ICD PhD student Nat Dumornay


Nat Dumornay (she/they), a second year PhD student in the Developmental Psychopathology and Clinical Science program at the Institute of Child Development, has been awarded a prestigious Ford Foundation Fellowship by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

The Ford Foundation Fellowship has been a prominent program aimed at increasing diversity in college and university faculty. Ford Foundation Fellows “have demonstrated superior scholarship, are committed to a career in teaching and research at the college or university level, show promise of future achievement as scholars and teachers, and are well prepared to use diversity as a resource for enriching the education of all students.”

Nat received a B.S. in Cognitive and Brain Science from Tufts University and worked as a clinical research assistant in Dr. Kerry Ressler’s Neurobiology of Fear Lab at McLean Hospital prior to beginning graduate school. They are interested in understanding the effects of early life stress and adversity on brain and behavioral development as well as identifying mechanisms linking early life adversity to later psychopathology. Nat’s most recent projects have focused on racial disparities in adversity exposure and the effects of exposure to racial discrimination during early adolescence on the brain’s functional connectivity.

Congratulations Nat!