Erika E Forbes, PhDErika E Forbes, PhD

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. She is currently Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, Pediatrics, & Clinical and Translational Science. Dr. Forbes has received awards including a NIMH Mentored Research Scientist Development (K01) Award, a Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship, NARSAD Young Investigator and Independent Investigator Awards, and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Eva King Killam Award.

Dr. Forbes employs methods including fMRI, neuromodulation, behavior observation, and ecological momentary assessment to examine neurobehavioral aspects of positive affect and reward processing in the development of depression and related difficulties in young people. From this clinical affective neuroscience perspective, her current work investigates the etiology and pathophysiology of depression, anhedonia, and suicidality. Furthermore, her lab has integrated the topics of adolescents’ health-risk behavior, sleep, and LGBTQ health into its body of research.