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Researchers on the Rise Lecture September 13, 2013, 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm WPIC Auditorium


Neural Markers of Emotion Regulation in Depression: 
Towards Understanding Individual Differences in Treatment Response

 Jay Fournier, PhD

 Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh



Dr. Fournier earned his PhD in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and completed his clinical psychology internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Following the completion of a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Fournier was appointed to the Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2013. His research focuses on identifying and examining individual differences among depressed individuals. In particular, he is interested in examining those patient characteristics that are associated with response to various forms of treatment for depression, including placebo, antidepressant medications, and psychotherapy. With support from a career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health, and under the mentorship of Drs. Paul Pilkonis, Ellen Frank, and Mary Phillips, Dr. Fournier is examining whether individual differences among depressed adults in the functioning of the neural circuitry underlying emotion regulation can help to explain predictors of differential treatment response that he and his colleagues have identified. 

Learning Objectives:  At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the personality trait neuroticism and understand the challenges in assessing personality in acutely depressed samples.
  2. Characterize the relationship between personality and response to treatments for depression.
  3. Better understand how neural mechanisms underlying emotion regulation may help to explain the role of personality in depression treatments.

Targeting Neurocognitive Factors in Anxiety Through Brain-Based Behavioral Intervention


  Rebecca Price, PhD

   Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Pittsburgh



Dr. Price completed a PhD in Clinical Psychology at Rutgers University, followed by a clinical psychology internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Dr. Price’s research interests focus on neural mechanisms of information processing in anxiety, depression, and suicidality, with a specific focus on negative attentional biases. With support from a K23 Career Development Award from NIMH, she is investigating transdiagnostic neurocognitive markers of attentional bias in relation to response to a computer-based cognitive training intervention (attention bias modification). She is broadly interested in the intersection of clinical and neurocognitive research, including translation of cognitive neuroscience findings into novel brain-based interventions, and individual differences in neurocognitive function that predict response to specific treatments.

Learning Objectives:  At the conclusion of this lecture, participants will be able to:

  1. Discuss the role of negative attentional biases in anxiety.
  2. Describe neural correlates of attentional bias.
  3. Describe neurocognitive interventions for anxiety.

Continuing Education Credit: The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians. The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 1.5 AMA PRA Category 1 Credits TM. Each physician should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity. Other health care professionals are awarded .15 continuing education units (CEUs), which are equal to 1.5 contact hours. In accordance with Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education requirements on disclosure, information about relationships of presenters with commercial interests (if any) will be included in materials which will be distributed at the time of the conference.  WPIC is approved by the American Psychological Association to offer continuing education for psychologists.  WPIC maintains responsibility for this program and its contents.  This program is being offered for 1.5 continuing education credits.

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