Abigail A. Marsh is Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience at Georgetown. Her research focuses on the neural and cognitive bases of social and emotional processes, with a focus on empathy and the nonverbal communication of emotion. Her published research has explored the neural basis of empathy — and deficits in empathy — in both healthy adults and in children with conduct problems. She has also conducted research focusing on the origins of individual differences in altruistic behavior.
Professor Marsh is the director of the Laboratory on Social and Affective Neuroscience in the Department of Psychology. She and her students have presented their work at international conferences spanning multiple disciplines, including the annual meetings of the Society for Neuroscience, the Association for Psychological Science, the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society, the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, and the Society for the Scientific Study of Psychopathy. Work in the lab has been funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) at the National Institutes of Health and the John Templeton Foundation, as well as by intramural grants from Georgetown University.