Faculty

Carmen Andreescu, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.
Pittsburgh
 
PA
 
15213

Education & Training

MD
Carol Davila University of Medicine and Pharmacy Medicine
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMCPsychiatry
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMCGeriatric Psychiatry

Current Appointments

Co-Director, Geriatric Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory
Co-Director, Clinical Research Training in Late-Life Mood Disorders

Professional Affiliations

Member, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry

Selected Honors & Awards

Hartford-Jeste Award for Future Leaders in Geriatric Psychiatry, American Psychiatric Association
Young Investigator Award, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

Research Interests

Accelerated aging in late-life mood disorders; Neural basis of anxiety & depression in late-life; Biomarkers of treatment response
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Andreescu C, Lee S. Anxiety disorders in the elderly. Adv Exp Med Biol. 2020;1191:561-576. PMID: 32002946.
  2. Andreescu C, Ajilore O, Aizenstein HJ, Albert K, Butters MA, Landman BA, Karim HT, Krafty R, Taylor WD. Disruption of neural homeostatis as a model of relapse and recurrence in late-life depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2019 Dec;27(12):1316-1330.
  3. Inagaki TK, Hazlett LI, Andreescu C. Opioids and social bonding: Effect of naltrexone on feelings of social connection and ventral striatum activity to close others. J Exp Psychol Gen. 2020 Apr;149(4):732-745. doi: 10.1037/xge0000674. Epub 2019 Aug 15.PMID: 31414860
  4. Karim HT, Tudorascu DL, Walker S, Aizenstein JH, and Andreescu C. In the grip of worry cerebral blood flow changes during worry induction and reappraisal in late-life generalized anxiety disorder. Translational Psychiatry, 2017
  5. Andreescu C, Sheu LK, Tudorascu D, Gross JJ, Walker S, Banihashemi L, Aizenstein H. Emotion reactivity and regulation in late-life generalized anxiety disorder: Functional connectivity at baseline and post-treatment. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry. 2015

Clinical Interests

Late-life mood and anxiety disorders; Neurocognitive disorders; Brain stimulation therapies
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Andreescu C, Varon D. New research on anxiety disorders in the elderly and an update on evidence-based treatments. Curr Psychiatry Rep. 2015
  2. Aizenstein HJ, Khalaf A, Walker SE, Andreescu C. Magnetic resonance imaging predictors of treatment response in late-life depression. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol. 2014
  3. Andreescu C, Aizenstein H. MRI studies in late-life mood disorders. Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2012

Education Interests

Research mentorship; Resident education
Selected Education Publications & Products
  1. Varon D, Andreescu C: Amnestic Disorders and Mild Cognitive Impairment, in Kaplan & Sadocks Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 10th edition. Eds Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia Alcott Sadock, Pedro Ruiz; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 2016.
  2. Andreescu C: Late-Life Anxiety Disorders, in Geriatric Psychiatry (Pittsburgh Pocket Psychiatry). Eds. Mark D. Miller, LalithKumar K.Solai. Oxford University Press, New York, NY. 2013
  3. Lenze EJ, Wetherell JL, Andreescu C: Anxiety Disorders, in Essentials of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2nd edition. Eds Dan G. Blazer, David C. Steffens, American Psychiatric Publishing Press, Arlington VA, 2012
  4. Andreescu C, Aizenstein HJ: Amnestic Disorders and Mild Cognitive Impairment, in Kaplan & Sadocks Comprehensive Textbook of Psychiatry, 9th edition. Eds Benjamin J. Sadock, Virginia Alcott Sadock, Pedro Ruiz; Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, Baltimore, 2010
  5. Lenze EJ, Wetherell JL, Andreescu C: Anxiety Disorders in the Elderly, in American Psychiatric Association Textbook of Geriatric Neuropsychiatry, 3rd edition. American Psychiatric Publishing Inc., 2011