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Dr. Emily Belleau receives 2023 Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award

Dr. Emily Belleau has been selected as the 2023 Donald F. Klein Early Career Investigator Award winner from the ADAA!

ADAA offers this annual award to an early career investigator for the best original research paper on neurobiology, psychopharmacology, psychosocial treatments, or experimental psychopathology of anxiety disorders and depression. Emily received this award for her recent manuscript reporting CAP (Co-Activation Pattern) analyses of fMRI data collected in youth at increased MDD risk (due to maternal MDD).

Congratulations, Emily!

Dr. Manuel Kuhn promoted to Instructor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School, Director of Neuroimaging and Instrumentation Core in LATN

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Dr. Manuel Kuhn has been promoted to Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. In addition, effective 12/1/22, Manuel will become the Director of the Neuroimaging and Instrumentation Core within the Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience.

 

In this role, Manuel will provide assistance, consultation and support for the following areas:

  • Task code implementation on diverse task presentation platforms (Eprime, presentation, Matlab PTB, PsychoPy)
  • Task and device setup (e.g., button box, shocker, displays, handgrips, SCR, startle) on PRISMAs
  • Review of fMRI session procedures
  • fMRI protocol setup and optimization
  • Statistical design and optimization for fMRI task designs
  • fMRI preprocessing strategies
  • fMRI/sMRI data analyses
  • SPM workshops
  • NDA upload of neuroimaging data (i.e., scripts for header anonymization, de-facing, NDA toolkit for data upload)
  • Harmonizing central data structure and script curation via e.g. centralized scripts on Github/GitLab
  • Behavioral modeling and lab-wide standardized analysis strategies (e.g., PRT, Apple-Gathering task)
  • EMA and RedCap API access and processing pipelines

Congratulations, Manuel, for these new roles/titles!

Dr. Isabelle Rosso elected co-Chair of SOBP’s Committee for Advancing Women’s Leadership

Dr. Isabelle Rosso has been elected co-Chair of the Committee for Advancing Women’s Leadership for the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP). This is a critical committee that will pursue important work for SOBP and the field.

Congratulations, Isabelle, and thank you for your leadership!

Dr. Poornima Kumar launches the COMP Group in CDASR

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Dr. Poornima Kumar has launched a new group with in the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research. Her COMputational Psychopathology (COMP) group will seek to understand how we make decisions in our day-to-day lives to maximize reward and minimize punishment, and how this can go awry in individuals suffering from psychiatric illnesses. Specifically, they will investigate the neural, molecular, behavioral correlates of reinforcement learning and decision-making using neuroimaging, computational models, and machine learning statistical approaches. The long-term goal is to identify individual-specific treatment based on these correlates to improve outcomes for individuals who suffer from psychiatric disorders.

Congratulations, Poornima!

Dr. Andrea Cataldo receives P50 Seed Grant

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Dr. Andrea Cataldo is a recipient of a P50 Seed Grant for her project entitled, “The Impact of Evidence Strength vs. Decisional Bias on the Positive Memory Deficit in Depression.” This seed project aims to test the feasibility of a novel, model-driven behavioral task to distinguish the familiarity vs. motivated retrieval accounts, with the long-term goal of evaluating memory vs. decision-making mechanisms as potential treatment targets for Major Depressive Disorder.

Congratulations, Andrea!

Dr. Michael Lewis receives research awards from McLean Hospital and University of Wisconsin

Mike_Lewis_120Dr. Michael Lewis has been awarded a 2022-2023 Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Award from McLean Hospital. The title of his project is “Machine Learning Approaches for Precision Fear Learning in PTSD.”

In addition, he has received a 2022 Wisconsin Emotion Symposium Travel Award. At the University of Wisconsin, he will present research entitled “Toward Consistent Findings in Fear Learning Research: A Multiverse Analysis of Fear Acquisition and Extinction Retention in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder.”

Congratulations, Michael!

Dr. Matthew Sacchet receives research grants from NIMH and Mind & Life Institute

sacchet_120Dr. Matthew Sacchet is a recipient of the 3-year R01 from NIMH entitled “Individualized brain systems and depression”. In this grant, Matthew will perform secondary analyses to EMBARC and FAST-MAS fMRI data toward the goal of developing individualized fMRI networks (i.e., subject-specific neural network), and how they relate to various clinical variables (e.g., symptom profiles, response to treatment.

Matthew is also a recipient of a Mind & Life Francisco J. Varela Research Grant (https://www.mindandlife.org/grants/varela-grants/) for his project entitled “Biological and psychological mechanisms of mindfulness meditation-based interventions for depression”.

Congratulations, Matthew!

Dr. Emily Belleau promoted to Assistant Professor

Dr. Emily Belleau was recently promoted to Assistant Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations, Emily!

Dr. Rotem Dan awarded two post-doctoral scholarships

Rotem_Dan_120Dr. Rotem Dan has been awarded scholarships from the National Postdoctoral Award Program for Advancing Women in Science (Israel), as well as from the Hebrew University Post-Doctoral Scholarship Program for Women.

Congratulations, Rotem!

Dr. Matthew Sacchet receives McLean Dorris Family Pilot Translational Award

sacchet_120Dr. Matthew Sacchet has recently received a 2021 McLean Dorris Family Pilot Translational Award.

In his project entitled, “Multi-level mechanisms of mindfulness-based interventions for depression,” Matthew will use a variety of biological, computational, and psychological approaches to better understand the mechanisms of health-related benefits of mindfulness meditation-based interventions for individuals with depression.

Congratulations, Matthew!

Dr. Jennifer Fanning receives McLean Dorris Family Pilot Translational Award

Jennifer_Fanning_120Dr. Jennifer Fanning has recently received a 2021 McLean Dorris Family Pilot Translational Award.

In her project entitled, “Translational role of central amygdala in trauma-related retaliatory aggression,” Jennifer will conduct complementary human and mouse investigations (with Dr. Emily Newman) into the function of the central amygdala in trauma- and stress-exposed individuals using multimodal imaging approaches.

Congratulations, Jennifer!

Dr. Matthew Sacchet promoted to Assistant Professor

sacchet_120Dr. Matthew Sacchet was recently promoted to Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations, Matthew!

Dr. Daniel Dillon promoted to Associate Professor

Dr. Daniel Dillon was recently promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations Dan!

Dr. Christian Webb promoted to Associate Professor

christian_webbDr. Christian Webb was recently promoted to Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

Congratulations Christian!

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!