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Mary L Woody, PhDMary L Woody, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Mary L. Woody, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Woody is a licensed clinical psychologist and the current recipient of an NIMH Career Development Award (K23). Her long-term research goals are to contribute to the prevention and treatment of depression and other internalizing disorders by 1) identifying interpersonal and biobehavioral mechanisms underlying the development of these disorders across the lifespan and 2) translating mechanisms into treatment targets. Her current K23 award tests if a novel brain-based measure of affect-biased attention, captured by steady-state visual evoked potentials (SSVEPs), can be used to 1) predict future trajectories of adolescent depression and 2) provide neural feedback about affect-biased attention in order to modify it and buffer mood reactivity. Her program of research focuses on risk factors that lead to depression among women and girls (and the transmission of such risk factors from mothers to daughters), which may propagate the gender-based disparities seen in depression and other internalizing disorders. Dr. Woody is also pursuing research examining how exposure to racial discrimination may increase risk for depression and anxiety among Black/African American adolescent girls, in part via enhanced attentional vigilance for threat of future discrimination.