Rachel A Vaughn-Coaxum, PhD
Education & Training
- Vaughn-Coaxum RA, Merranko J, Birmaher B, Dickstein DP, Hafeman D, Levenson JC, ...,Goldstein TR (2021). Longitudinal course of depressive symptom severity among youths with bipolar disorders: Moderating influences of sustained attention and history of child maltreatment. Journal of Affective Disorders, 282, 261-271. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2020.12.078. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 33418377.
- Lindhiem O, Vaughn-Coaxum RA., Higa J, Harris JL,, Kolk, DJ & Pilkonis PA. (2020) Development and validation of the Parenting Skill Use Diary (PSUD) in a nationally representative sample. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34(6), 752-758. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2020.1716366. PubMed PMID: 32027540
- Weisz JR., Vaughn-Coaxum RA, Evans SC, Lee E, Thomassin KT, Hersh J, Ng MY, ...Raftery-Helmer J. (2020). Efficient monitoring of treatment response during youth psychotherapy: Development and psychometric assessment of the Behavior and Feelings Survey. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 49(6), 737-751. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2018.1547973. PubMed PMID: 30657721
- Vaughn-Coaxum RA, Dhawan N, Sheridan MA, Hart MJ & Weisz JR. (2020). Dimensions of adversity in association with adolescents depression symptoms: distinct moderating roles of cognitive and autonomic function. Development & Psychopathology, 32(3), 817-830. doi: 10.1017/S0954579419001172. PubMed PMID: 31845636
- Vaughn-Coaxum RA, Wang Y, Kiely J, Weisz JR, & Dunn EC. (2018). Associations between trauma type, timing, and accumulation on current coping behaviors in adolescents: Results from a large, population-based sample. Journal of Youth & Adolescence, 47(4), 842-858. doi:10.1007/s10964-017-0693-5. PubMed PMID: 28555292
Pitt Psychiatry Hosts a Tremendous Research “Half” Day
On June 9, 2021, the Department of Psychiatry held its 2nd virtual Research Day, featuring presentations on health equity research, a speed dat(a)ing session, a keynote address, and honors and awards. The event was billed as a Research “Half” Day, as we hope and expect for the second half of the event, a poster session, to occur in person. (Date: October 5, 2021. Stay tuned to our events page for details!) Below is...
Biological Psychiatry and Journal of Affective Disorders Research in Mood and/or Bipolar Disorders in Adolescence
New research from Pitt Psychiatry investigators provides insight into the development of anxiety, depression, and/or bipolar in adolescence. A Biological Psychiatry study examines the association between trauma exposure, reward neural circuitry function, and affective and anxiety disorders. In the Journal of Affective Disorders, investigators study whether child maltreatment and cognitive function influence the...
A Continued Bright Future for Department Research: Recently Funded K Awards for Early-Career Pitt Psychiatry Investigators
This fall, early-career investigators in our Department have initiated several innovative National Institutes of Health (NIH)-funded K-series career development research projects. We are proud to count these young scientists among the newest members of our faculty and anticipate that their research on psychiatric and substance use disorders will contribute much to the bright future of research in our field. Below...
New Research: Pupillary Response to Threat Before & After Attention Bias Modification for Transdiagnostic Anxiety Disorders
How can a better understanding of heightened attention bias to threat help the development of interventions to treat anxiety? In general, individuals with anxiety disorders give greater initial attention to perceived threats, with some maintaining negative attention bias during sustained exposure to threatening stimuli. These temporal stages of attention bias may exert unique influences on anxious vigilance...