Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Ambrosia M, Eckstrand KL, Morgan JK, Allen NB, Jones NP, Sheeber L, Silk JS, Forbes EE. Temptations of friends: adolescents' neural and behavioral responses to best friends predict risky behavior. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2018 May 1;13(5):483-491.
- Lichenstein SD, Musselman S, Shaw DS, Sitnick S, Forbes EE. Nucleus accumbens functional connectivity at age 20 is associated with trajectory of adolescent cannabis use and predicts psychosocial functioning in young adulthood. Addiction. 2017 Nov;112(11):1961-1970.
- Eckstrand KL, Choukas-Bradley S, Mohanty A, Cross M, Allen NB, Silk JS, Jones NP, Forbes EE. Heightened activity in social reward networks is associated with adolescents' risky sexual behaviors. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2017 Oct;27:1-9.
- Casement MD, Keenan KE, Hipwell AE, Guyer AE, Forbes EE. Neural Reward Processing Mediates the Relationship between Insomnia Symptoms and Depression in Adolescence. Sleep. 2016 Feb 1;39(2):439-47.
- Lichenstein SD, Verstynen T, Forbes EE. Adolescent brain development and depression: A case for the importance of connectivity of the anterior cingulate cortex. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2016 Nov;70:271-287.
Now in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, Assessing Relationships Among Impulsive Sensation Seeking & Reward
Scientists seeking to improve understanding of bipolar disorder have focused on impulsive sensation seeking—a complex trait characterized by impulsivity (acting without advance thought) and sensation seeking (seeking new or extreme experiences). Some research has indicated that high impulsivity may be an early sign or symptom of bipolar disorder. Impulsive sensation seeking is associated with the greater valuation...
COVID-19 Coping Strategies from Pitt Psychiatry
Physical distancing, stay-at-home orders and economic uncertainty resulting from the current COVID-19 pandemic have raised behavioral health concerns for many people. Below is a selection of strategies from Department of Psychiatry faculty and trainees on how to cope with the drastic alteration of our home, social and professional lives. For Kids and Adolescents Rameshwari Tumuluru, MD, an expert in helping...
Meet the Neurochicks: This Group of Senior Faculty Members Provide Each Other Support, Encouragement and Good Research Ideas
“During the whole of my training, I had only one female mentor,” remembers Mary Phillips, MD MD (Cantab) (Pittsburgh Foundation-Emmerling Endowed Chair in Psychotic Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science). “If you never see a woman as a leader, you risk internalizing the belief that women can’t succeed in that role.” Dr. Phillips counts herself among the Neurochicks, an...
Now in Journal of Affective Disorders: Neural Response to Positive Stimuli in Young Children with Familial Risk for Depression
Children of parents with depression, when compared with their peers, are at increased risk to experience depression or other psychiatric illnesses. However, the neural mechanisms that contribute to the development of psychiatric illness in the offspring of affected parents is not well understood. Existing research has demonstrated that children at high risk for depression, compared with their peers, have...