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.
Brain’s Reward Response Predicts Which Young Adults Seeking Mental Health Care Will Show Improvement Six Months Later, Finds Study by Eckstrand, Phillips and Colleagues
Young adulthood is an especially vulnerable time in development when symptoms of mental illness frequently arise. In fact, nearly one in five people between the ages of 18 and 25 seeks help for symptoms related to depression and anxiety. One particularly common and debilitating symptom is anhedonia, the inability to experience pleasure. A recent study by Pitt Department of Psychiatry researchers is the first to...
Department of Psychiatry Researchers Study How Trauma-affected Connectivity During Reward Learning Predicts Anxiety & Depression in Young Adults
When children and adolescents experience trauma, they are at risk for depression and anxiety. One way that this can occur is through trauma-induced impairment of the ventral striatum, a key region of the brain associated with reward learning. Impaired reward processing is associated with depression and anxiety in adolescence and adulthood, and young people with depression experience abnormally low ventral striatum...
Department Faculty Highlight the Role of Adolescent Sleep and Circadian Rhythm Disruptions in Risk of Substance Use Disorders
Sleep and circadian rhythms, the 24-hour cycles of the body’s physiological processes, are important components of health. Likewise, disruptions in these systems are linked to a number of health conditions, including substance abuse. The developmental changes in sleep and circadian rhythms that occur during adolescence leave teenagers particularly vulnerable to addiction. A review recently published in the journal...
Findings by Dr. Cecile Ladouceur et al. Indicate that Error-Related Negativity (ERN) Amplitude in Pediatric Anxiety Disorders Remains Elevated Following Treatment
Pediatric anxiety disorders begin in childhood or early adolescence and frequently lead to other psychiatric disorders in adulthood, including anxiety disorders and depression. Anxiety disorders are associated with an overactive action monitoring system, as indexed by a larger event-related potential named the error-related negativity (ERN). This leads researchers to hypothesize that it could represent a potential...