Position title: Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry
Phone: (608) 263-6068
Ph.D. in Neuroscience, University of Wisconsin, Madison, WI, USA
M.D. in Medicine, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine & Public Health, Madison, WI, USA
Residency in General Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
Fellowship in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA, USA
I direct the BRAVE Research Center, which seeks to map trauma–related neurodevelopmental pathways to resilience and mental illness in youth. Grounded in neuroscience, we use brain imaging (MRI), physiology, genetics, microbiome, and other techniques to understand brain-body function in typically developing youth, trauma-exposed youth, and youth with mental illness such as PTSD. By establishing the neural circuits and biology involved in vulnerability and resilience to trauma, we aim to use this knowledge to improve our diagnosis of mental illness and develop new treatments that will help to foster resilient brain development and promote well-being in childhood and beyond.
Neurodevelopment, Pediatric Trauma, Resilience, Mental Illness Treatment
I am deeply committed to an inclusive and supportive research environment and have played a direct role in our department’s equity and antiracism efforts, and efforts to recruit, retain, and support underrepresented individuals in research. As such, I remain committed to fostering the career development of underrepresented graduate trainees, working to create and maintain an inclusive environment for all individuals, and continuing to critically examine my own biases and privilege as a White male in academia and beyond. My trainees learn to conduct ethical and responsible research using rigorous designs and analytic approaches, which is of the utmost importance given the vulnerable populations we work with. Accordingly, we adhere to the highest standards of practice in teaching and research, incorporating trauma–informed and culturally sensitive approaches.