Judith K Morgan, PhD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Morgan JK, Silk JS, Woods BK & Forbes EE. (2019). Differential neural responding to affective stimuli in 6- to 8-year old children at high familial risk for depression: Associations with behavioral reward seeking. Journal of Affective Disorders, 257, 445-453.
- Morgan JK, Guo C, Moses-Kolko EL, Phillips ML, Stepp SD & Hipwell AE. (2017). Postpartum depressive symptoms moderate the link between mothers neural response to positive faces in reward and social regions and observed caregiving. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12, 1605-1611.
- Morgan JK, Ambrosia M, Forbes EE, Cyranowski JM, Amole MC, Silk JS, Elliott RD & Swartz HA. (2015). Maternal response to child affect: Role of maternal depression and relationship quality. Journal of Affective Disorders, 187, 106-113.
- Morgan JK, Shaw DS & Forbes EE. (2014). Maternal depression and warmth during childhood predict age 20 neural response to reward. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 53, 108-117.
- Morgan JK, Olino TM, McMakin DM, Ryan N & Forbes EE. (2013). Neural response to reward as a predictor of increases in depressive symptoms in adolescence. Neurobiology of Disease, 52, 66-74.
New Research: Maternal Response to Positive Affect Moderates the Impact of Familial Risk for Depression on Ventral Striatal Response to Winning Reward in Children
Adolescent offspring of depressed parents show diminished response to reward in the ventral striatum. Though factors associated with neural alterations in childhood are poorly understood, altered reward response may emerge before adolescence in offspring at familial risk for depression. A group of investigators, including Pitt Psychiatry scientists Judith Morgan, PhD (Associate Professor of Psychiatry and...
Pitt Psychiatry News from the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Following a virtual conference in 2020, the 2021 Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) was presented in a hybrid format, online and in-person in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Honorific Award Congratulations to Susanne Ahmari, MD, PhD (Associate Professor of Psychiatry), who received the 2021 ACNP Eva King Killam Research Award. This award honors outstanding translational research...
Now in The American Journal of Psychiatry: Neural Reward Circuitry & Psychotherapy in Youths with Anxiety Disorders
In a recent American Journal of Psychiatry study, Pitt Psychiatry investigators examined the association between function in the brain’s reward circuitry and response to psychotherapy in youths with anxiety disorders. Recent research has indicated the importance of reward in the pathophysiology and treatment of anxiety, suggesting the potential involvement of reward circuitry in treatment response. The team of...
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Promotes Judith Morgan, PhD, to Associate Professor of Psychiatry
We are pleased to announce that Judith Morgan, PhD, has been promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After completing a clinical psychology internship at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, Dr. Morgan undertook a postdoctoral fellowship in affective neuroscience in the Department of Psychiatry under the mentorship of Erika Forbes, PhD. Dr. Morgan’s research...