Social Developmental Neuroscience, Social Cognition, Peer Relations, Bullying, Aggression, Internalizing Disorders


Dr. Jarcho’s research program bridges the areas of social, developmental, and cognitive neuroscience to study how social processes evolve during adolescence and change across the lifespan.  She uses developmental psychopathology as a theoretical framework to examine how such processes manifest in typically developing adolescents and adults, and those with, or at risk for, psychopathology.  She tests the effects of learning, attention, and affective states on pro- and anti-social behavior, and how this behavior relates to brain function during positive and negative social experiences. She is also interested in disentangling the neural mechanisms implicated in reward and threat processing during positive and negative social and non-social experiences.

Dr. Jarcho is an Assistant Professor of Psychology with a joint appointment in Brain & Cognitive Sciences and Social Psychology at Temple University. She completed her B.A. in Psychology from UCLA, where she also obtained her Ph.D. in Social Psychology. After a post-doctoral fellowship in the Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience at the NIMH, she was an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Stony Brook University.


Selected Publications

  • Smith, A. R., Nelson, E. E., Rappaport, B., Pine, D. S., Leibenluft, E., Jarcho, J. M. (In Press).  I like them… Will they like me?  Evidence for the role of the ventrolateral prefrontal cortex during mismatched social appraisals in anxious adolescents. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology.
  • Jarcho, J. M., Davis, M. M., Shechner, T., Degnan, K. A., Henderson, H. A., Stoddard, J., Fox, N. A., Leibenluft, E., Pine, D. S., Nelson, E. E. (2016). Early-childhood social reticence predicts brain function in preadolescent youths during distinct forms of peer evaluation. Psychological Science, 27(6), 821-835.
  • Jarcho, J. M., Romer, A. L., Shechner, T., Galvan, A., Guyer, A. E., Leibenluft, E., Pine, D. S., Nelson, E. E. (2015). Forgetting the best when predicting the worst: Preliminary observations on neural circuit function in adolescent social anxiety. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 13, 21-31.
  • Nelson, E. E., Lau, J. Y. F., Jarcho, J. M. (2014). Growing pains and pleasures: how emotional learning guides development. Trends In Cognitive Sciences, 18(2), 99-108.
  • Jarcho, J. M., Leibenluft, E., Walker, O. L., Fox, N. A., Pine, D. S., & Nelson, E. E. (2013). Neuroimaging studies of pediatric social anxiety: Paradigms, pitfalls and a new direction for investigating the neural mechanisms. Biology Of Mood & Anxiety Disorders, 3, 14-14.

Courses Taught

  • Health Psychology
  • Peer Victimizatoin

Media Mentions

Johanna Jarcho awarded $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health
via Temple Now on February 29, 2024

Johanna Jarcho awarded $3.7 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health

Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience Johanna Jarcho, has been awarded a grant for over $3.7 million from the National Institute of...