Emma Spoehr, BS, joined the Developing Brain Institute (DBI) as Clinical Research Coordinator in January 2022. Prior to joining our team, Emma attended the University of Richmond School of Arts and Sciences, where she received her Bachelor of Science. After graduation, Emma developed an interest in childhood development while working as a research assistant in the Department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology. Her previous experiences have provided her a strong foundation in clinical research practices and the foresight to cultivate authentic parent/patient relationships. In addition, her background in community engagement has strengthened her appreciation of how social drivers, such as lack of access to mental health care and food insecurity, can worsen overall health. As a Research Coordinator with our team, Emma is excited to support the DBI’s research focus on early brain development. She will work closely with our neonatal and fetal research team to support participant recruitment and data management. Emma looks forward to supporting the DBI’s mission of improving fetal and maternal health, including promoting research that highlights how community support can improve health outcomes.