Dana M. Lapato, Ph.D.

Education

Virginia Commonwealth University, 2019, PhD
University of Virginia, 2012, BA

Certifications

ASCP Certified Cytogenetics Technologist (2013-present)

Research Interests

Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetic Epidemiology
Epidemiology and Nosology of Perinatal Psychopathology
Leveraging Multidimensional Data (e.g., Electronic Health Records, PsychENCODE, PHANTOM, 1KGP) to Explore Genetic, Epigenetic, and Environmental Influences on Complex Trait Development
Open Science Software Development
Ethical Data Visualization Practices

Research Description

The primary focus of my research is understanding how inter-individual differences in genetic factors and environmental exposures jointly contribute to variance in the risk, presentation, and severity of complex traits like perinatal depression and preterm birth. The work has supported a strong interest in using, developing, and promoting open science methods to increase the credibility and reproducibility of biomedical research findings. As part of the Data Science Laboratory at VCU, I have been able to invest substantial effort in promoting open science methodology through course work, seminars, and consultations. I am particularly excited about academic outreach programs like the ReproducibiliTea journal club, which will begin in the Spring 2020.

Awards

Selected Publications

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