Jon Caldwell is a physician, trained and board certified in psychiatry, who works clinically with disadvantaged populations utilizing both pharmacologic interventions and psychotherapy. He serves as a Volunteer Clinical Faculty member in the UCD Department of Psychiatry where he teaches seminars about the neuroscience of Personality Disorders. His position as a part-time graduate student in the UCD Human Development Graduate Group has allowed him to further explore how genes and environment, particularly early social relationships, influence brain development and subsequent social-emotional functioning. Currently, Dr. Caldwell is investigating the relationship between adult attachment and parenting in at-risk mothers, particularly those cognitive and emotional factors that reduce flexibility and adaptability of the caregiving behavioral system. Future research is aimed at better understanding and improving intergenerational cycles of social-emotional dysfunction through an attachment-based framework.