Adriana Galván
Published February 24, 2016
Updated October 1, 2021

Adriana Galván is the dean of undergraduate education and director of the Developmental Neuroscience Laboratory at UCLA. She is an expert on teenage brain development, behavior and related public policy, including juvenile criminal justice.

Galván’s work is centered on the emotional reactivity, learning and decision making process of adolescents. She is able to characterize neutral changes in the developing brain using brain imaging technology. Prior to her appointment as dean, Galván taught psychology at UCLA for over 13 years.

A Latin American woman with chest length, dark brown hair smiles directly at the camera. She is seen from the waist up, sitting in a chair and wearing a light blue button down shirt and beaded bracelets.

Pronouns: She/her

Expertise: Teenage brain development, teenage behavior, juvenile-related public policy

Location: Los Angeles, Calif.


Phone: 310-206-4850

Heard presenting at a TedxYouth@Caltech: “Insight into the Teenage Brain”

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