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About Us

Our Values

  • Growth
  • Collaboration
  • Compassion
  • Beneficence

Our Mission Statement

The Affective Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology (ANDP) Lab is dedicated to elucidating the etiology and pathophysiology of mental illness and informing the development of treatments. Our research generally focuses on the development of depression and psychopathology during adolescence. Furthermore, our lab has also integrated the topics of adolescents’ health-risk behavior, sleep, and LGBT health into our body of research. 

The overall purpose of our research is to alleviate the suffering that people with these psychopathologies experience. In our lab, we take approaches that are grounded in the theories of positive affect, affective behavior, social context, and genetic characteristics. We strive to respect the dignity and rights of all participants. Our lab aims to meet high standards for data quality, participant safety, compliance with regulations, and innovation while working in a team atmosphere with collaboration and respect.

DEIB Statement

We are committed to improving diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB) among both the participants in our research studies and the members of our research team. We recognize the value of diversity as defined by identities and backgrounds that include race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, ability, socioeconomic status, and religion. We strive to foster DEIB by educating ourselves; engaging in conversations about bias, discrimination, victimization, and health inequities; taking a stance of cultural humility; and challenging our own biases. As part of our pursuit of this value, we conduct research on the mechanisms of mental health disparities, work to promote the advancement of students and scientists from under-represented and minoritized groups, and engage reciprocally with the community. This is a living statement, and we will revisit and improve it in future lab meetings.


Meet the Principal Investigator

Dr. Erika Forbes earned an AB from Harvard University and an MS and PhD in child clinical and developmental psychology from the University of Pittsburgh. 

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