Sarah Short

Dorothy King Chair, Assistant Professor, Human Development Area

1057 Educational Sciences

1025 West Johnson Street

Madison, WI 53706-1706

Short, Sarah

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Sarah Short is an Assistant Professor and the Dorothy King Chair in Educational Psychology and a faculty member for the Center for Healthy Minds at UW. She received her Ph.D. in Biological Psychology and Neuroscience from UW – Madison. Following her graduate studies, she completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Sarah’s current research focuses on the impact of poverty on early child brain development. She has been awarded a $2.5 million National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) grant to study the link between poverty, brain development, and cognitive processes that facilitate learning, self-monitoring and decision-making in children. Sarah is thrilled be a member of the Educational Psychology department, where she will be moving toward her ultimate goal of conducting research that informs the design and efficacy of early interventions. Sarah’s most recent research projects have included an investigation of neural plasticity associated with cognitive training in young children and the development of a Parent-Child Mindfulness Based Training program.


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, University of North Carolina, 2012
  • PhD Biological Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2009
  • MS Biological Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2004
  • BA Sociology, Colorado State University, 2000
  • BS Psychology, Colorado State University, 2000

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  • Perrier, M. F., Gurgel-Juarez, N., Flowers, H., McCormick, A., & Short, S. (In Press). Mindfulness- based interventions for children and adolescents across all settings: A scoping review protocol. Systematic Reviews
  • Guenther, C. H., Stephens, R. L., Ratliff, M. L., & Short, S. (In Press). Parent-Child Mindfulness-Based Training: A Feasibility and Acceptability Study. Mindfulness
  • Stephens, R. L., Langworthy, B. W., Short, S., Girault, J. B., Styner, M. A., & Gilmore, J. H. (2020). White Matter Development from Birth to 6 Years of Age: A Longitudinal Study. Cerebral Cortex Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Green, C. S., Bavelier, D., Kramer, A. F., Vinogradov, S., Short, S., & Witt, C. M. (2019). Improving methodological standards in behavioral interventions for cognitive enhancement. Journal of Cognitive Enhancement
  • Short, S., Willoughby, M. T., Camerota, M., Stephens, R. L., Steiner, R. J., Styner, M., & Gilmore, J. (2019). Individual difference in neonatal brain development predict executive function at age 3 years. Brain Structure and Function Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Dean III, D. C., Planalp, E. M., Wooten, W., Kecskemeti, S. R., Adluru, N., Schmidt, C. K., Frye, C., Birn, R. M., Burghy, C. A., Schmidt, N. L., Styner, M. A., Short, S., Kalin, N. H., Goldsmith, H. H., Alexander, A. L., & Davidson, R. J. (2018). Association of prenatal maternal depression and anxiety symptomology impacts early white matter microstructure. JAMA Pediatrics, 172(10), 973-981. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Stephens, B. L., Langworthy, B., Short, S., Goldman, B. D., Bullins, J. N., Fine, J. P., Reznick, J. S., & Gilmore, J. H. (2018). Verbal and nonverbal predictors of executive function in early childhood. Journal of Cognition and Development, 19(2), 182-200. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Short, S., Stalder, T., Marceau, K. P., Entringerd, S., Moogd, N. K., Shirtcliff, E. A., Wadhwa, P. D., & Buss, C. (2016). Correspondence between hair cortisol concentrations and 30-day integrated daily salivary and weekly urinary cortisol measures.. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 71, 12-18. Online Publication/Abstract.
  • Emerson, R. W., Short, S., Weili, L., Gilmore, J. H., & Gao, W. (2015). Network-level connectivity dynamics of movie watching in 6-year old children. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 9, 631. Online Publication/Abstract.

Select Presentations

  • Kral, T. R. A., Propper, C. B., Williams, C. Y., McLaughlin, K., Gomes, L., Wylie, A., Birn, R. B., & Short, S. J. (2021, September). Effects of Racism on Neonatal Resting State Functional Brain Connectivity. Poster presented at the Flux Virtual Congress.
  • Kral, T., Propper, C., Williams, C. Y., McLaughlin, K., Gomes, L., Birn, R., & Short, S. (2021, April). Effects of Racism and Poverty on Infant Emotional Health and Functional Brain Networks. Poster presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting.
  • Short, S. (2021, April). From psychological to environmental risk mechanisms: Advancing the study of prenatal influences on biobehavioral development. Paper presented at the Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting.
  • Short, S. (2020, October). The Developing Mind. Oral Presentation presented at the The World We Make 2020, Madison, WI.