Vanessa M Brown, PhD

Vanessa M Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Virginia Tech Clinical Psychology
UPMC Western Psychiatric HospitalClinical Psychology
University of Pittsburgh School of MedicineClinical and Translational Research Training in Geriatric Psychiatry

Specialty Certifications

Licensed by the Pennsylvania State Board of Psychology

Professional Affiliations

Member, Society of Biological Psychiatry
Member, Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology
Member, Anxiety and Depression Association of America

Research Interests

Learning and decision-making; Anxiety, trauma, and mood disorders; Neurocomputational modeling
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. Brown VM, Haswell C, Gold A, McCarthy G, LaBar K & Morey RA. (2014). Altered resting-state functional connectivity of basolateral and centromedial amygdala complexes in posttraumatic stress disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology, 39, 361-369.

Clinical Interests

Exposure therapy; Learning-based treatments
Selected Clinical Publications & Products
  1. Brown VM & Pecia M. (2019). Neuroimaging studies of antidepressant placebo effects: Challenges and opportunities. Frontiers in Psychiatry: Neuroimaging and Stimulation, 10(669).
  2. Brown VM, Strauss J, LaBar K, Gold A, VA Mid-Atlantic MIRECC Workgroup, McCarthy G & Morey RA. (2014). Acute effects of trauma-focused research procedures on participant safety and distress. Psychiatry Research, 215(1), 154-158.