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Dr. Pizzagalli takes over as Editor for Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience (CABN)

Dr. Diego Pizzagalli takes over as Editor for Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience (CABN). Diego’s editorial highlights the journal’s goals and priorities. Please send us your papers!

Congratulations Diego!

Dr. Ang awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award

Yuen_120Dr. Yuen Ang has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

Yuen’s project is entitled “Neural Mechanisms Underlying Cognitive Motivational Anhedonia in Depression,” and will use an innovative paradigm he has developed to probe the neural correlates of cognitive effort in MDD.

Congratulations Yuen!

Dr. Sacchet awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award

sacchet_120Dr. Matthew Sacchet has been awarded a NARSAD Young Investigator Award.

Matthew’s project is entitled “Person-specific Functional Brain Mapping and Major Depressive Disorder” and will pursue innovative analyses probing functional network at the individual level, and will link these metrics to various clinical measures.

Congratulations Matthew!

Dr. Pizzagalli receives Conte Center grant

Dr. Diego Pizzagalli will serve as the center director for the recently awarded Silvio O. Conte Centers for Translational Mental Health Research grant.

Under the title “Novel Treatment Targets for Affective Disorders Through Cross-Species Investigation of Approach/Avoidance Decision Making,” this Silvio O. Conte Centers for Translational Mental Health Research grant involves laboratories from McLean, Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the University of Washington, and Brown University.

Congratulations Diego and team!

You can read more about the grant here.

Dr. Jennifer Fanning promoted to Assistant Professor

Jennifer_Fanning_120Dr. Jennifer Fanning was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations Jennifer!

Dr. Romer receives National Research Service Award (NRSA)

AdrienneRomer_120Adrienne Romer was awarded an NRSA from NIMH for her proposal entitled “Replicability, Mechanisms, and Trajectory of Neural Alterations Related to General Psychopathology.”

Congrats Adrienne!

Steve Lamontagne awarded Rossano Mind, Brain and Behavior Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship

Steve LamontagneSteve Lamontagne has been awarded a Rossano Mind, Brain and Behavior Pre-Doctoral Summer Fellowship from McLean Hospital for a project entitled “Role of Dopamine Function in Cognitive Control Performance: Behavioral & Physiological Correlates.”

Congrats Steve!

Dr. Sacchet receives Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Award

sacchet_120Matthew Sacchet has been awarded a Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Award from McLean Hospital for his project entitle “Stress Mechanisms of Mindfulness-based Interventions for Depression.”

Congrats Matthew!

Dr. Belleau receives K23 award

Emily Belleau has been awarded a K23 from NIMH entitled “Neural Correlates of Stress and Perceived Control in Adolescent Depression.”

Congrats Emily!

Dr. Ironside receives 2020 Alfred Pope Award

Maria Ironside is this year’s co-recipient of the 2020 Alfred Pope Award.

The Alfred Pope Award is given annually by McLean Hospital to young investigators “in recognition of the publication of an exceptional peer-reviewed first-authored article on basic or clinical research performed at McLean Hospital.”  Maria was selected based on her first authored reviewed publication, “Approach-Avoidance Conflict in Major Depressive Disorder: Congruent Neural Findings in Humans and Nonhuman Primates,” published in Biological Psychiatry.

Congratulations to Dr. Ironside for this well-deserved recognition.

Dr. Isabelle Rosso receives two major grants

Dr. Isabelle Rosso has recently been awarded two major grants from the NIMH (one R01 and a Conte Center Grant (P50) project).

For her R01, entitled “Multimodal imaging of hippocampal-cortical networks and mechanisms of trauma-related intrusions,” Dr. Rosso and her team will investigate brain processes associated with distinctive characteristics of trauma memories, including vivid sensory-perceptual experiences

For her P50 project, entitled “Clinical studies of CRF-PACAP systems in human PTSD,” the goal will be to investigate neuroimaging measures of hyperarousal and stress in PTSD, and relate them to key stress peptides, including PACAP and CRF.

Congratulations to Dr. Rosso for these outstanding and well-deserved outcomes.

Dr. Poornima Kumar promoted to Assistant Professor

Poornima Kumar was recently promoted to Assistant Professor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Congratulations Poornima!

Dr. Pizzagalli receives NARSAD Distinguished Investigator award

Diego Pizzagalli receives a 2017 NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award Grant for a new study probing a potential new target for antidepressant treatment. More information can be found here.

ACNP presents 2017 Joel Elkes Research Award to Dr. Pizzagalli

Diego Pizzagalli received the 2017 Joel Elkes Research Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP). The ACNP presents this annual award in recognition of a scientist’s outstanding clinical contribution to neuropsychopharmacology. For more information see the press release here.

Christian Webb receives the ABCT’s New Researcher Award

christian_webbChristian Webb has been presented with the President’s New Researcher Award from the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT). This award is given based upon “consistency with the mission of ABCT; independent work published in high-impact journals; and promise of developing theoretical or practical applications that represent clear advances to the field.”

Dr. Isabelle Rosso promoted to Associate Professor

Isabelle Rosso has been promoted to Associate Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. Congratulations Isabelle!

Dr. Auerbach has received the 2017 Annual Alfred Pope Award

Randy Auerbach has received the 2017 Annual Alfred Pope Award for Young Investigators, from McLean Hospital.

 

Dr. Pizzagalli honored to receive the Stuart T. Hauser, M.D. PhD. Mentorship Award in Psychiatry

Diego Pizzagalli has been honored with the Stuart T. Hauser, M.D. PhD. Mentorship Award in Psychiatry, from Harvard Medical School. The Hauser Award recognizes a faculty member for outstanding sustained mentorship of medical students, residents, fellows, and junior faculty in the areas of adult and child psychiatry, human development, and psychosocial research.

Four CDASR scientists receive grants to advance their research

Several CDASR scientists recently received grants to advance their research:

  • Randy Auerbach (with Stewart Shankman) received an NIMH R21 grant for a project entitled, Identifying Social Processes Implicated in Remitted Recurrent Depression.
  • Emily Belleau has received three awards: the Kaplen Fellowship on Depression from HMS, a Livingston Fellowship Award from HMS, and the Adam Corneel Young Investigator Award from McLean Hospital. These grants will support Emily’s research on adolescent depression.
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  • Sarah Hope Lincoln is the recipient of the 2017 Child Intervention, Prevention, & Services (CHIPS) Fellowship.
  • Elizabeth Olson has been awarded a Presidential Fellowship from McLean Hospital.

Dr. Auerbach receives Theodore Blau Early Career Award from the Society of Clinical Psychology

Randy Auerbach is the 2017 recipient of the Theodore Blau Early Career Award for Distinguished Professional Contributions to Clinical Psychology, from the Society of Clinical Psychology, Division 12 of the APA.