Carlton P. Frost

Carlton Frost
N&PP Candidate


Heather C. Abercrombie

Research Description:

The Abercrombie Lab investigates the effects of the stress-related hormone, cortisol, on neural function and emotional learning.  We're especially interested in how these effects may be altered in depression and through exposure to early life adversity.  Evidence that distinct subtypes of depression exist, depending on early experiences, could have critical implications for individualized prevention and treatment.  My goal is to integrate structural neuroimaging techniques, such as diffusion tensor imaging and morphometry, with functional activation, genetic, and behavioral measures, to identify possible mechanisms linking early adversity to mental health outcomes and altered signaling of cortisol in adulthood.


Please see PubMed for most recent publications.