Ryan Giuliano

Ryan Giuliano, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology
University of Manitoba

Formerly Doctoral Student/ Post-Doctoral Researcher
Brain Development Lab, University of Oregon
MS, University of Texas at San Antonio (Psychology)
BBA, Texas A&M University (Information Systems)

My current research is focused on individual differences in executive function across the lifespan, particularly in parents and their children. I am specifically interested in examining concurrent changes in electroencephalogram (EEG) and measures of autonomic physiology as a tool for unpacking how chronic life stress impacts the development of regulatory processes, such as selective attention and response inhibition.


Giuliano RJ, Karns CM, Roos LE, Bell TA, Petersen S, Skowron EA, Neville HJ, Pakulak E. Effects of early adversity on neural mechanisms of distractor suppression are mediated by sympathetic nervous system activity in preschool-aged children. Dev Psychol. 2018 Sep;54(9):1674-1686. doi: 10.1037/dev0000499.

Giuliano RJ, Karns CM, Bell TA, Petersen S, Skowron EA, Neville HJ, Pakulak E. Parasympathetic and sympathetic activity are associated with individual differences in neural indices of selective attention in adults. Psychophysiology. 2018 Aug;55(8):e13079. doi: 10.1111/psyp.13079. Epub 2018 Apr 6.

Giuliano RJ, Roos LE, Farrar JD, Skowron EA. Cumulative risk exposure moderates the association between parasympathetic reactivity and inhibitory control in preschool-age children. Dev Psychobiol. 2018 Apr;60(3):324-332. doi: 10.1002/dev.21608. Epub 2018 Jan 18.

Kim MH, Shimomaeda L, Giuliano RJ, Skowron EA. Intergenerational associations in executive function between mothers and children in the context of risk. J Exp Child Psychol. 2017 Dec;164:1-15. doi: 10.1016/j.jecp.2017.07.002. Epub 2017 Jul 28.

Roos LE, Knight EL, Beauchamp KG, Giuliano RJ, Fisher PA, Berkman ET. Conceptual precision is key in acute stress research: A commentary on Shields, Sazma, & Yonelinas, 2016. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2017 Dec;83:140-144. doi: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2017.10.005. Epub 2017 Oct 5.

Giuliano RJ, Gatzke-Kopp LM, Roos LE, Skowron EA. Resting sympathetic arousal moderates the association between parasympathetic reactivity and working memory performance in adults reporting high levels of life stress. Psychophysiology. 2017 Aug;54(8):1195-1208. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12872. Epub 2017 Apr 27.

Roos LE, Giuliano RJ, Beauchamp KG, Gunnar M, Amidon B, Fisher PA. Validation of autonomic and endocrine reactivity to a laboratory stressor in young children. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Mar;77:51-55. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2016.11.023. Epub 2016 Nov 29.

Clark CA, Skowron EA, Giuliano RJ, Fisher PA. Intersections between cardiac physiology, emotion regulation and interpersonal warmth in preschoolers: Implications for drug abuse prevention from translational neuroscience. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2016 Jun 1;163 Suppl 1:S60-9. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2016.01.033.

Karns, C.M., Isbell, E., Giuliano, R.J., & Neville, H.J. (2015). Auditory attention in childhood and adolescence: An event-related potential study of spatial selective attention to one of two simultaneous stories. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 340.

Giuliano, R.J., Skowron, E.A., & Berkman, E.T. (2015). Growth models of dyadic synchrony and mother-child vagal tone in the context of parenting at-risk. Biological Psychology, 105, 29-36.

Giuliano, R.J., Karns, C.M., Neville, H.J., & Hillyard, S.A. (2014). Early auditory evoked potential is modulated by selective attention and related to individual differences in visual working memory capacity. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 26(12), 2682-2690.

Ceballos, N.A., Giuliano, R.J., Wicha, N.Y., & Graham, R. (2012). Acute stress and event-related potential correlates of attention to alcohol images in social drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs73(5), 761.

Giuliano, R.J., Pfordresher, P.Q., Stanley, E.M., Narayana, S. and Wicha N.Y.Y. (2011). Native experience with a tone language enhances pitch discrimination and the timing of neural responses to pitch change. Frontiers in Psychology,2:146.

Giuliano, R.J., & Wicha, N.Y.Y. (2010). Why the white bear is still there: Electrophysiological evidence for ironic semantic activation during thought suppression. Brain Research, 1316, 62-74.


Instructor, PSY 376 Child Development. University of Oregon.
Instructor, PSY 410 Evolutionary Psychology. University of Oregon.
Instructor, Experimental Psychology (Fall 2008 – Spring 2009). University of Texas at San Antonio.