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Layla Banihashemi, PhD

Layla Banihashemi, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests:  Stress-related neural circuitry; Childhood threat and deprivation; Infant neurodevelopment and emotionality
Email:  banihashemil@upmc.edu
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Kristen L Eckstrand, MD, PhD

Kristen L Eckstrand, MD, PhD

Post-doctoral Scholar

Research Interests:  trauma-related neural systems; LGBTQ+ health; adolescent neurodevelopment and resilience; organizational health equity capacity-building
Email: eckstrandkl@upmc.edu
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César G Escobar-Viera, MD, PhD

César G Escobar-Viera, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests:  LGBTQA+ mental health, health equity & depression; Social media-based interventions; Mixed methods
Email: escobarvieracg@upmc.edu
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Natacha DeGenna, PhD

Natacha DeGenna, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Epidemiology

Research Interests:  Perinatal substance use; Dual use of cannabis and cigarettes; Syndemics of reproductive health
Email:  degennan@pitt.edu
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Erika E Forbes, PhD

Erika E Forbes, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Psychology and Clinical and Translational Science

Research Interests: Clinical affective neuroscience; Reward & emotion neural circuitry in adolescents; Brain development
Email: forbese@upmc.edu
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Alison E Hipwell, PhD, PsyD

Alison E Hipwell, PhD, PsyD

Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Research Interests: Reproductive mental health; Stress response; Intergenerational studies
Email: hipwellae@upmc.edu
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Michele D Levine, PhD

Michele D Levine, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Sciences

Research Interests:  Pregnant/postpartum women’s health; Binge eating and obesity; Women’s smoking behavior
Email: levinem@upmc.edu
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Sarah L Pedersen, PhD

Sarah L Pedersen, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Research Interests: Health inequities in alcohol & substance use problems; alcohol response, impulsivity, ADHD
Email: pedersensl@upmc.edu
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Paula Powe, MD

Paula Powe, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests: Effects of toxic stress; Mental health awareness in the Black Church
Email: powepm@upmc.edu
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Dana L Rofey, PhD

Dana L Rofey, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and Assistant Professor of Psychology

Research Interests:  Impact of obesity on the developing brain; Effects of hormones on cardiovascular health; Technological interventions for youth/young adults
Email: rofeydl@upmc.edu
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Brian C Thoma, PhD

Brian C Thoma, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests:  LGBT health; Suicidal behavior; HIV prevention
Email: thomabc2@upmc.edu
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Rebecca C Thurston, PhD

Rebecca C Thurston, PhD

Pittsburgh Foundation Chair in Women’s Health and Dementia and Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical and Translational Science, Epidemiology and Psychology

Research Interests: Menopause and cardiovascular disease; Menopause and neurocognitive health; Trauma and cardiovascular disease risk
Email: thurstonrc@upmc.edu
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Andrea M Weinstein, PhD

Andrea M Weinstein, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests: Mobile cognitive assessment; Alzheimer’s disease and dementia; Psychosocial influences on cognition
Email: weinsteinam2@upmc.edu
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Mary L Woody, PhD

Mary L Woody, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Research Interests: Mechanisms of depression & anxiety; Neurocognitive interventions; Gender-based disparities in depression
Email: woodyml@upmc.edu
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