Layla Banihashemi, PhD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Sha Z & Banihashemi L. Integrative omics analysis identifies differential biological pathways that are associated with regional grey matter volume changes in major depressive disorder. 2020, Psychological Medicine, 1-12. doi:10.1017/S0033291720002676
- Banihashemi, L, Bertocci, MA, Alkhars, HM, Versace, A, Northrup JB, Lee, VK, Schmithorst, VJ, Samolyk, A, Taylor, M, English, GE, Stiffler, RS, Aslam, HA, Bonar, L, Panigrahy, A, Hipwell, AE, Phillips, ML (2020). Limbic white matter structural integrity at 3 months prospectively predicts negative emotionality in 9-month-old infants: a preliminary study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 273, 538-541. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.04.029
- Banihashemi, L, Peng, CW, Verstynen, T, et al. Opposing relationships of childhood threat and deprivation with stria terminalis white matter. Hum Brain Mapp. 2021; 1 16. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25378
- Banihashemi L, Wallace M, Sheu L, Lee MC, Gianaros PJ, Mackenzie R, Insana S, Germain A, Herringa R. Childhood Maltreatment Moderates the Effect of Combat Exposure on Cingulum Structural Integrity. Development and Psychopathology. 2017 Dec;29(5):1735-1747. PubMed PMID: 29162178; PubMed Central PMCID.
- Banihashemi L, Sheu LK, Midei AJ, Gianaros PJ. Childhood physical abuse predicts stressor-evoked activity within central visceral control regions. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2015 Apr;10(4):474-85. PubMed PMID: 24847113; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4381229.
New Research in Psychological Medicine and Human Brain Mapping on the Effects of Disrupted Sleep and Early Life Stress in Young People
Psychological Medicine: Experimentally Imposed Circadian Misalignment Alters the Neural Response to Monetary Rewards and Response Inhibition in Healthy Adolescents During adolescence, circadian rhythm and natural sleep and wake times shift later, which can conflict with early school-start times. This incongruence commonly results in circadian misalignment (mismatch between the behavioral sleep-wake schedule and the...
New Research on Parenting and Early Childhood Mental Health
Biological Psychiatry: Patterns of Infant Amygdala Connectivity Mediate the Impact of High Caregiver Affect on Reducing Infant Smiling: Discovery and Replication Research has shown that during a baby’s first months of life, mood disorders and emotional instability in caregivers are associated with lower positive emotionality (smiling, laughter, high pleasure) and higher negative emotionality (frequent crying...
Study on Worry and Brain Connectivity in Older Adults Selected as Editor’s Choice in Journal of Affective Disorders
The paper described below was selected as a Journal of Affective Disorders Editor’s Choice. Is worry good for you? According to a study focused on anxiety in older adults, and published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, a moderate level of worry can enhance connectivity among brain regions involved in emotion regulation—while excessive worry yields the inverse effect. Generalized anxiety disorder is common in...
Layla Banihashemi, MS, PhD Appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Dr. Layla Banihashemi, PhD has been appointed Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After earning Master's and doctorate degrees in Neuroscience from the University of Pittsburgh, Dr. Banihashemi obtained postdoctoral training through the Department of Psychiatry's Cardiovascular Behavioral Medicine Training Program. Dr. Banihashemi is interested in the study of early...