Researchers on the Rise Lectures


Developing a Mobile-health Intervention to Reduce Problematic Alcohol Use in Young Adults with ADHD

Traci Kennedy, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mobile Cognitive Testing in Older Adults at Risk for Alzheimer's Disease

Andrea Weinstein, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Mark your calendars and join us for the first Researchers on the Rise lectures of the academic year featuring two of our talented early-career investigators, Traci Kennedy, PhD and Andrea Weinstein, PhD.

Dr. Tracy KennedyDr. Kennedy is a clinical psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Her research involves understanding and mitigating momentary risk for real-world alcohol use and problems, with a focus on inhibitory control and impulsivity among young people with ADHD. Through an NIAAA-supported K23 Award, she is developing and testing a novel mHealth intervention that targets momentary inhibitory control to reduce problematic alcohol use among young adults with ADHD. Clinically, Dr. Kennedy provides cognitive-behavioral therapy to young adults with ADHD.

Dr. Andrea WeinsteinDr. Weinstein, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, graduated from the joint Clinical and Biological Health Psychology program at the University of Pittsburgh, also earning a certificate from the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition. She completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Dr. Weinstein's research interests include cognitive aging and cognitive dysfunction in individuals diagnosed with neurological diseases such as Parkinson's disease. Her research interests include health behaviors in older adults using cognitive neuroscience techniques. In particular, she is interested in behavioral interventions for cognitive decline and how to identify ways to help people initiate and maintain healthy behaviors.

Lectures will be offered as a hybrid event with the opportunity for a limited number of in-person attendees in the UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium while the lecture is streamed via Zoom to individuals who wish to attend remotely. 

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