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Laboratory Purpose

To investigate neural, behavioral, and subjective aspects of reward function to elucidate the development and pathophysiology of adolescent depression and substance use.  To train undergraduates, medical students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and junior faculty in clinical affective neuroscience.  By combining an affective neuroscience approach and a developmental psychopathology framework, we hope to ultimately improve treatments for these disorders.

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Dr. Forbes

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology and Clinical and Translational Science

Dr. Forbes earned an AB from Harvard University and an MS and PhD in child clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. She completed a clinical psychology predoctoral internship and a postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) before joining the University of Pittsburgh faculty as an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry faculty in September 2005. Dr. Forbes has received awards including a NIMH Mentored Research Scientist Development (K01) Award, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, a Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship. Dr. Forbes employs methods including fMRI, behavior observation, and ecological momentary assessment to examine neurobehavioral aspects of positive affect and reward processing in the development of depression in young people. Her research program has a developmental emphasis, examining reward function against the backdrop of reward function during adolescence, a period of changes in reward-related behavior and physiology. The broad goals of her work are to understand the affective basis of depression and to inform the prevention and treatment of affective disorders.