Imaging: Anxiety and Mood Disorders – Erika Forbes, PhD
Neural reward circuitry in depression: Development, social context, and potential treatment value
- Describe why reward function is relevant to depression.
- Identify the pattern of disruption in the brain's reward circuitry in depression.
- Identify early risk factors that appear to influence adolescent depression via disruption in the brain's reward circuitry.
About the professor:
Erika E. Forbes, PhD received her AB from Harvard University and her PhD in clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed her clinical psychology internship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic. Her research focuses on the role of the brain’s reward circuitry in the development of depression, substance use, and risky behaviors during adolescence. This work draws on affective neuroscience and developmental psychopathology, using methods that include functional MRI, ecological momentary assessment, behavioral assessment of reward processing, data-driven computational techniques, and transcranial magnetic stimulation. Dr. Forbes has published over 135 peer-reviewed papers and has received awards including the Eva King Killam Award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Forbes is also a committed mentor, has received awards for her mentoring, directs the NIMH-funded Career Development Institute for Psychiatry, and has an especially strong record for mentoring trainees from under-represented groups.
The Child Mind Institute Visiting Professor Lecture Series invites leaders in the field of child and adolescent mental health to talk about the latest research and treatment protocols. These lectures are open to the public and are available in-person at the Child Mind Institute, as well as live via webinar. Continuing medical education credits (CME) are offered for medical professionals through our partnership with Northwell Health.