- Laura Gramling and Hannah Saltzman passed their dissertation defenses!

- Four posters are currently being presented at the APS 2021 Virtual Convention

- ECN is excited to welcome Abbey Robins and Vanesa Bedregal Barboza to the lab!

- Kevin Liu was awarded the 2021 PAU Stars Excellence in Research Award

Article Featured in Stanford Medicine!

An article in Biological Psychiatry, with shared lead authorship by Dr. Warren was featured on the Stanford Medicine news page. The study examined the role of the amygdala and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in reactivity to anxiety and stress in children.

Recent Article Publications:

Cai, W., Warren, S. L., Duberg, K., Pennington, B., Hinshaw, S., & Menon, V. (In press). Latent brain state dynamics distinguish behavioral variability, impaired decision-making, and inattention. Molecular Psychiatry.

Liu, K., Nijmeh, J. S., & Warren, S. L. (2021). Factor structure, measurement invariance, and concurrent validity of the Penn State Worry Questionnaire across development, psychopathology, and culture. Assessment. Advance online publication.


Warren, S. L., Heller, W., & Miller, G. A. (2021). The structure of executive dysfunction in depression and anxiety. Journal of Affective Disorders, 279, 208-216.


Warren, S. L., Zhang, Y., Duberg, K., Mistry, P., Cai, W., Quin, S., Bostan, S. N., Padmanabhan, A., Carrion, V. G., & Menon, V. (2020). Anxiety and stress alter decision-making dynamics and causal amygdala-dorsolateral prefrontal cortex interactions during emotion regulation in children. Biological Psychiatry, 88(7), 576-586.

Congratulations to our current and former lab members for their accomplishments listed below!

  • Layven Reguero, Joseph Nijmeh, Laura Fry, and Hannah Saltzman have successfully matched to Predoctoral Internships.

  • Layven will be training at Allina Health outside Minneapolis, MN

  • Joseph will be training at Malcolm Grow Medical Clinic & Surgery Center at Andrews AF Base

  • Laura will be training at UCLA Adult Neuropsychology Track

  • Hannah will be training at  Heritage Clinic in Pasadena 

  • Whitney Geller and Justin Davich successfully defended their dissertations!

  • ​Jackie Kantor successfully defended her dissertation this year!

  • Jackie is training at Denver Health for Predoctoral Internship

  • Laura is training at Memphis VA for Predoctoral Internship

  • Whitney is be training at Boise VA for Predoctoral Internship

PAU Students Awarded Prestigious Placement at Michigan Training Course

Trisha Karsten and Laura Gramling in August 2018

Whitney Geller and Jerry Chen in August 2016

The course is known to be among the most competitive in the country of its type and is a fully-funded NIH training course.

Now four of PAU’s students have been accepted into the University of Michigan’s fMRI training course. The course, which took place in August 2016, is known to be among the most competitive in the country of its type and is a fully-funded NIH training course.

Whitney Geller and Jerry Chen are two highly-deserving students who were the first PAU representatives to attend the course.

Having been an integral part of establishing PAU’s first fully-functional neuroimaging lab, Whitney and Jerry were able to clearly demonstrate their neuroimaging skills and they went on to learn from some of the best neuroimagers in the field. In fact, the program was led by one of the most-respected names in cognitive neuroimaging and psychopathology, Professor John Jonides.

Whitney and Jerry’s advisor here at PAU, and director of the Emotion, Cognition, and Neuropsychology Lab , Dr. Stacie Warren enthused, “I am extremely proud of them both. Acceptance to the fMRI training course at Michigan is a significant accomplishment for both students and a fantastic first for PAU. I wish them the best of luck and can’t wait to hear how it goes.”

For more information about Michigan’s fMRI training course, please click here.

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