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Career Milestone

The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce the promotion of Susan Perlman, PhD to the rank of Associate Professor of Psychiatry by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.

Dr. Perlman completed her PhD in cognitive neuroscience at Duke University in 2009 and joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry as a postdoctoral scholar in the federally funded T32 training program focusing on innovative methods in pathogenesis and child treatment. In 2011, she completed her fellowship and was appointed to the faculty as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Perlman also is a member of the training faculty in the Department of Neuroscience.Dr. Perlman’s primary interest is in developmental psychology and developmental cognitive neuroscience, and she has established herself as a leader in the areas of child irritability and vulnerability to psychopathology. Dr. Perlman founded the Laboratory for Child Brain Development and serves as the neuroimaging director for the Pittsburgh Environmental Influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) Pediatric Cohorts project. Her research concentrates on the neurodevelopment of emotion from birth to adulthood in typically and abnormally developing populations with a focus on the preschool period. Her work has been supported by grants from the University of Pittsburgh Clinical and Translational Science Institute, NARSAD, and the National Institutes of Health, including a Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists from the National Institute of Mental Health.