Vanessa M Brown, PhD

Vanessa M Brown, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Clinical Psychology, Virginia Tech
Clinical Psychology, UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital
Clinical and Translational Research Training in Geriatric Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

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, 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Clinical Interests

Exposure therapy; Learning-based treatments