Real-Time fMRI Amygdala Neurofeedback for Major Depressive Disorder: Progress and Challenges


Real-Time fMRI Amygdala Neurofeedback for Major Depressive Disorder: Progress and Challenges

Kymberly Young, PhD Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Join us on March 24, 2023 when we welcome Kymberly Young, PhD to the Meet the PI speaker series.

After earning her PhD in psychology from American University, Dr. Young conducted postdoctoral research in clinical neuroscience at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research. As a postdoctoral scholar, Dr. Young developed a cutting-edge intervention in which patients with depression undergo functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) while recalling positive memories and concurrently viewing their own brain activity. In 2015, she received a NARSAD Young Investigator award, which funded a clinical trial of her real-time fMRI neurofeedback depression intervention. Dr. Young joined the University of Pittsburgh Department of Psychiatry at the rank of assistant professor in 2016. She is a nationally and internationally recognized expert in neurofeedback and , Dr. Young is currently principal investigator of two R-level grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). 

Real-time fMRI neurofeedback is an emerging approach for treating various neuropsychiatric disorders. Increasing the amygdala’s response to positive autobiographical memories via neurofeedback training leads to improvements in depressive symptoms and processing biases. In her lecture Dr. Young will discuss the latest progress and challenges in developing this into an intervention for major depressive disorder. 

Lectures will be offered as a hybrid event. Join us in person in the UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium (masking is required) or via Zoom using the following information:

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Meeting ID: 997 1837 9478

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