Josh Cruz PhD

Position title: Postdoctoral Fellow


Josh recently completed his PhD in the Neuroscience & Public Policy Program (N&PP) at UW-Madison, and is currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Kalin Lab. His research interests are focused on studying the underlying neural mechanisms of affect, emotion regulation, and executive function in childhood and adolescence and how the development of impairments in these domains may contribute to psychopathology in adulthood. He uses a combination of structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and psychophysiology measures to better characterize neural correlates and individual differences in pediatric anxiety and depression. In addition to his research, Josh is also a graduate of the Robert M. La Follette School of Public Affairs as part of the N&PP and has broad interests in examining how advances in neuropsychiatric research shapes social and mental healthcare policy development.