Vanessa M Brown, PhD
Education & Training
- Brown VM, Gillan CM, Renard M, Kaskie R, Degutis M, Wears A ... & Price RB. (2022). A double-blind study assessing the impact of orbitofrontal theta burst stimulation on goal-directed behavior. Journal of Psychopathology and Clinical Science.
- Brown VM, Zhu L, Solway A, Wang JM, McCurry KL, King-Casas B & Chiu PH. (2021). Reinforcement learning disruptions in individuals with depression and sensitivity to symptom change following cognitive behavioral therapy. JAMA psychiatry, 78(10), 1113-1122.
- Brown VM, Wilson JW, Hallquist MN, Szanto K & Dombrovski AY. (2020). Ventromedial prefrontal value signals and functional connectivity during decision-making in suicidal behavior and impulsivity. Neuropsychopharmacology, 45(6), 1034-1041.
- Brown VM, Chen J, Gillan CM, Price RB. (2020). Improving the reliability of computational analyses: Model-based planning and its relationship with compulsivity. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 5(6), 601-609.
- Brown VM, Zhu L, Wang JM, Frueh BC, King-Casas B & Chiu PH. (2018). Associability-modulated loss learning is increased in posttraumatic stress disorder. eLife, 7, e30150.
JAMA Psychiatry: The Association of Reinforcement Learning Disruptions and Major Depressive Disorder and Sensitivity to Symptom Change Following Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Major challenges associated with the characterization and treatment of major depressive disorder are largely due to the heterogeneity of associated symptoms, though recent research has focused on anhedonia and negative affect as potentially useful treatment targets. In a recent JAMA Psychiatry study, investigators including Vanessa Brown, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry), the study’s first author, studied if...
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...
The American Journal of Psychiatry: Experimental Manipulation of the Orbitofrontal Cortex Affects Short-Term Markers of Compulsive Behavior
Individuals with compulsive behavior disorders, such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), experience compulsions in which the ability to engage in flexible goal-directed behavior is impaired in favor of habitual behaviors. Research from both animal and human studies have indicated that alterations within the orbitofrontal cortex are a key factor in the onset of compulsive behaviors. However, questions remain...
The Department of Psychiatry Welcomes Vanessa Brown, PhD, to the Faculty
We are thrilled to announce that Vanessa Brown, PhD, has joined the faculty as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry. Dr. Brown earned her PhD in clinical psychology from Virginia Tech and completed her psychology internship at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, followed by the Department of Psychiatry’s National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded Clinical and Translational Research Training in Geriatric...