Assistant Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., University of Colorado at Boulder

Field of Specialty

Cognitive development, cognitive neuroscience, executive function, adolescence, depression, anxiety

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Lemberg Hall, 102
(781) 736-3272

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Hannah Snyder

Executive function (EF) is essential for successfully navigating nearly all of our daily activities, and individual differences in EF are associated with many important aspects of human health and functioning throughout the lifespan, including academic and occupational functioning, interpersonal problems, substance use and mental health. Critically, EF processes continue to develop through adolescence and into early adulthood. What neural and cognitive mechanisms support these essential EF processes, how do these mechanisms develop, and how are they related to the development of mental health problems? I seek to address these questions using multiple methods and levels of analysis (including cognitive tasks, neuroimaging, and clinical interviews), and across development from late childhood to early adulthood.


Snyder, H. R. & Hankin, B. L.. "Working memory and youth depression." Working Memory & Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Ed. Alloway, T. P.. Abingdon, UK: Taylor & Francis, 2017 (forthcoming)

Snyder, H. R. & Hankin, B. L.. "Cognitive function in mood and anxiety disorders." Oxford Handbook of Adult Cognitive Disorders. Ed. Stern, R. A. & Alosco, M. L.. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2017 (forthcoming)

Snyder, H. R., Hankin, B. L., Sandman, C. A., Head, K., & Davis, E. P.. "Distinct patterns of reduced prefrontal and limbic grey matter volume in childhood general and internalizing psychopathology." Clinical Psychological Science (2017). (forthcoming)

Snyder, H. R., Young, J. F., & Hankin, B. L.. "Chronic stress exposure and generation are related to the p factor and externalizing specific psychopathology in youth." Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (2017). (forthcoming)

Hankin, B. L., Davis, E. P., Snyder, H. R., Young, J. F., Glynn, L. M., & Sandman, C. A.. "Temperament factors and dimensional, latent bifactor models of child psychopathology: Transdiagnostic and specific associations in two youth samples." Psychiatry Research 252. (2017): 139-146.

Snyder, H. R. & Hankin, B. L.. "All Models Are Wrong, but the p Factor Model Is Useful Reply to Widiger and Oltmanns, and Bonifay, Lane, and Reise." Clinical Psychological Science 5. 1 (2017): 187-189.

Snyder, HR, Young, JF, & Hankin, BL. "Strong homotypic continuity in common psychopathology, internalizing and externalizing specific factors over time in adolescents." Clinical Psychological Science 5. 1 (2017): 98-110.

Hankin, B. L., Snyder, H. R., & Gulley, L. D.. "Cognitive risks in developmental psychopathology.." Developmental Psychopathology. 3rd ed. Ed. D. Cicchetti. Hoboken, N. J.: Wiley, 2016. 312-385.

Hankin, B. L., Snyder, H. R., Gulley, L. G., Schweizer, T. H., Bijttebier, P., Nelis, S., Toh, G., & Vasey, M. W.. "Understanding comorbidity among internalizing problems: Integrating hierarchical structural models of psychopathology and risk mechanisms." Development and Psychopathology 28. (2016): 987-1012.

Snyder, H. R., & Hankin, B. L.. "Spiraling out of control: Stress generation and subsequent rumination mediate the link between poor cognitive control and internalizing psychopathology." Clinical Psychological Science 4. 6 (2016): 1047-1064.

Snyder, H. R., Gulley, L. D., Bijttebier, P., Hatman, C. A., Oldehinkel, A. J., Mezulis, A., Young, J. F., & Hankin, B. L. "Adolescent emotionality and effortful control: Core latent constructs and links to psychopathology and functioning." Journal of Personality and Social Psychology: Personality Processes and Individual Differences 109. (2015): 1132-1159.

Snyder, H. R., Kaiser, R. H., Warren, S. L., & Heller, W.. "Obsessive compulsive disorder is associated with broad impairments in executive function: A meta-analysis." Clinical Psychological Science 3. (2015): 301-330.

Snyder, H. R., Miyake, A., & Hankin, B. L.. "Advancing understanding of executive function impairments and psychopathology: Bridging the gap between clinical and cognitive approaches.." Frontiers in Psychology 6. (2015): 328.

Barker, J. E., Semenov, A. D., Michaelson, L., Proven, L. S., Snyder, H. R., & Munakata, Y.. "Less structured time in children’s daily lives predicts self-directed executive functioning." Frontiers in Psychology 5. (2014): 593.

De La Vega, A., Brown, M., Snyder, H. R., Sigal, D., Munakata, Y. & Banich, M. T.. "Individual differences in the balance of GABA to glutamate in prefrontal cortex predicts the ability to select among competing options." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 26. (2014): 2490-2502.

Snyder, H. R., Banich, M. T., & Munakata, Y.. "All competition is not alike: Neural mechanisms for resolving underdetermined and prepotent competition." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 26. (2014): 2608-2623.

Snyder, H. R., Kaiser, R. H., Whisman, M. A., Turner, A. E. J., Guild, R. M., & Munakata, Y.. "Opposite effects of anxiety and depressive symptoms on executive function: The case of selecting among competing options." Cognition & Emotion 28. (2014): 893-902.

Munakata, Y., Chatham, C.H., & Snyder, H.R.. "Mechanistic accounts of frontal lobe development." Principles of Frontal Lobe Function. 2nd ed. Ed. D.T. Stuss & R.T. Knight. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. 185-206.

Munakata, Y., Snyder, H. R., & Chatham, C. H.. "Developing cognitive control: The costs and benefits of active, abstract representations." Developing Cognitive Control Processes: Mechanisms, Implications, and Interventions. Ed. P. D. Zelazo & M. D. Sera. Hoboken, N. J.: Wiley, 2013. 55-90.

Snyder, H. R., & Munakata, Y. "So many options, so little control: Abstract representations can reduce selection demands to increase children's self-directed flexibility." Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 116. (2013): 659-673.

Snyder, H. R.. "Major depressive disorder is associated with broad impairments on neuropsychological measures of executive function: A meta-analysis and review." Psychological Bulletin 139. (2013): 81-132.

Henderson Kaiser, R., Snyder, H. R., Gupta, T., & Banich, M. T.. "hen does stress help or harm? The effects of stress controllability and subjective stress response on Stroop performance." Frontiers in Psychology 31. (2012): 179.

Munakata, Y., Snyder, H. R. & Chatham, C. H.. "Developing cognitive control: Three key transitions." Current Directions in Psychological Science 21. (2012): 71-77.

Snyder, H. R., Banich, M. T., & Munakata, Y.. "Choosing our words: Selection and retrieval processes recruit shared neural substrates in left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 23. (2011): 3470-3482.

Snyder, H. R., & Munakata, Y.. "Becoming self-directed: Abstract representations support endogenous flexibility in children." Cognition 116. (2010): 155-302.

Snyder, H. R., Hutchison, N., Nyhus, E., Curran, T., Banich, M. T., O’Reilly, R. C., & Munakata, Y.. "Neural inhibition enables selection during language processing.." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 107. (2010): 16483-16488.

Snyder, H. R., & Munakata, Y.. "So many options, so little time: The roles of association and competition in underdetermined responding." Psychonomic Bulletin & Review 15. (2008): 1083-1088.

Snyder, H. R., Feigenson, K., & Thompson-Schill, S. L.. "Prefrontal cortical response to conflict during semantic and phonological tasks.." Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 19. (2007): 761-775.

Courses Taught

NPSY 182a Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience: Infancy through Adolescence
PSYC 33a Developmental Psychology