Faculty/Staff
Kathryn Margiotta

Kathryn Margiotta

Mechanisms of Mindfulness Meditation for Major Depressive Disorder Kathryn Margiotta McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Major depressive disorder (MDD) is associated globally with the greatest burden of disability of any disease. Unfortunately, treatments...

Victor Zeng

Victor Zeng

Thickness and Surface Area Difference in Schizophrenia Stratified by Duration of Illness in the GENUS Dataset Victor Zeng, BS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: Schizophrenia (SZ) is a serious mental disorder with complex and diverse...

Robert DuWors

Robert DuWors

Incarceration: An Unrecognized Public Health Crisis Robert DuWors, PhD Brockton VA Medical Center (Corrigan Mental Health) Scientific Abstract Background: The current study involved decades of research and a Systematic Literature Review. Methods: Six hundred and...

Alyssa Williamson

Alyssa Williamson

Agreement Between Client- and Clinician-Rated Symptoms in First-Episode Psychosis Treatment Alyssa Williamson, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: In first-episode psychosis (FEP) treatment, self-report measures can provide...

Cameron O’Neill

Cameron O’Neill

Modeling reveals slower learning from positive but not negative outcomes in depression Cameron A. O’Neill McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background. Anhedonic depression may reflect dopaminergic abnormalities (Pizzagalli, 2014), suggesting impairments in...

Lauren Watford

Lauren Watford

Poor Sleep Quality is Associated with Reduced Myelination in Patients with Psychotic Disorders Lauren Watford, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Recent studies show that sleep favors oligodendrocyte proliferation and myelination, and sleep loss is...

Nicolas Raymond

Nicolas Raymond

Peripheral Inflammatory Markers Are Associated with Neural Activity During the Auditory Oddball Task Nicolas Raymond, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: Electroencephalographic (EEG) abnormalities and inflammation have been...

Rudra Patel

Rudra Patel

Does sleep fragmentation affect sleep-dependent memory consolidation in schizophrenia? Rudra Patel, BS Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Sleep spindles are defining oscillations of NREM stage 2 (N2) sleep. While extensive research suggests...

Mansi Shah

Mansi Shah

The Existential Crisis Instrument Mansi Shah, MA, Michael Commons, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Existential crisis is a moment at which an individual questions whether their life has meaning, purpose, or value. This exploration can lead...

Sovannarath Pong

Sovannarath Pong

Investigating Blood-Brain Barrier Dysfunction in Schizophrenia Using Brain Microvascular Endothelial Cells Derived from Patient-Specific Stem Cells Sovannarath Pong, MS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: Blood-brain barrier (BBB)...

Jaelin Rippe

Jaelin Rippe

Associations between neurophysiological and cognitive deficits in patients with psychosis: an analysis of the N1, P2 and MMN event related potentials (ERPs) Jaelin D. Rippe, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Both cognitive performance and ERP...

Ryan D’Mello

Ryan D’Mello

Dynamic Time Warping for Measuring Dissimilarity in GPS Trajectories Ryan D’Mello, BS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: The incorporation of mobile sensor data in clinical care is becoming increasingly useful in studying a...

Juan David Sossa

Juan David Sossa

Depression and anxiety in end-stage renal disease: epidemiology, diagnosis, and treatment Juan D. Sossa, MD Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: End-stage renal disease (ESRD) is a highly prevalent condition that affects over 700,000...

Olivia Velasquez

Olivia Velasquez

A pilot intervention to improve physical activity and psychological outcomes in patients at risk of developing chronic diseases (metabolic syndrome) Olivia R. Velasquez, BA Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Interventions focusing on...

Marguerite Sears

Marguerite Sears

Childhood Emotional and Physical Bullying in a Psychosis Sample Marguerite Sears, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: Studies have suggested that increasing severity of bullying is associated with higher rates of both psychotic disorders and...

Minh Dung Nguyen

Minh Dung Nguyen

Sex Differences in Distress Tolerance Minh D. Nguyen, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Distress tolerance, defined as the ability to withstand emotional distress, is a mechanism that has been related to a wide array of psychiatric and substance use...

Nicole Varca

Nicole Varca

The Naming Project: Surveying a Potential Name Change for Schizophrenia Nicole Varca, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: There is a current lack of understanding surrounding severe mental illness. The stigma associated with the...

Nicholas Prunier

Nicholas Prunier

Manual segmentation of the human claustrum in high resolution MRI Nicholas R. Prunier, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: The claustrum is a deep forebrain structure characterized by a thin, sheet-like layer of neurons highly...

Meghan Conlin

Meghan Conlin

Does Prior Experience with Mindfulness Affect Well-Being and Stress? Meghan R. Conlin Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Mindfulness can be associated with an increase in well-being and decrease in stress in individuals with mood disorders....

Maureen Burns

Maureen Burns

The Virtual Comfort Ability Program for Pediatric Chronic Pain: A Dynamic Telehealth Adaptation Maureen Burns, BS, BA Boston Children’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: The Comfort Ability Program (CAP) workshop was created at BCH in 2011 as a CBT-based...

Lena Stone

Lena Stone

The effect of the COVID-19 pandemic in a sample of patients with schizophrenia, psychotic bipolar disorder and healthy controls based on a self-report survey Lena Stone, BS McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: The COVID-19 pandemic has created...

Julia Rohde

Julia Rohde

Executive functioning in toddlers with congenital heart disease Julia Rohde, BA Boston Children’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background & Purpose: Children with congenital heart disease (CHD) are at risk for neurodevelopmental (ND) morbidities, with...

Marta Migó

Marta Migó

Neural Correlates of Learning Accommodation and Consolidation in Generalized Anxiety Disorder Marta Migó, BA Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Anxiety can interfere with attention and working memory, which can affect learning. However,...

Regan Fry

Regan Fry

Do autism spectrum traits result in a qualitatively different type of developmental prosopagnosia? Regan Fry, BA, BS VA Boston Healthcare System Scientific Abstract Background: Developmental prosopagnosia (DP) studies routinely exclude patients with high autism traits...

Rachal Hegde

Rachal Hegde

Cognitive Enhancement Therapy Might Halt Progressive White Matter Microstructural Changes in Early Course Schizophrenia Rachal Hegde, MS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: Cognitive enhancement therapy (CET) is an effective treatment...

Sarah Lagan

Sarah Lagan

A Review and Analysis of Top-Returned Apps for Bipolar Disorder Sarah Lagan, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: Although a growing body of literature highlights the potential benefit of smartphone-based mobile apps to aid in...

Shen Li

Shen Li

Longitudinal relationships between sensory gating, cognition, clinical symptoms and real-life functioning in early psychosis Shen Li, PhD McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Diminished sensory gating (SG) is a robust finding in psychotic disorders, but...

Sarah Salem

Sarah Salem

The Relationship Between Well-being and Mindfulness in People With or Without a Mood Disorder Sarah Salem Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Wellbeing has been associated with mindfulness, but we do not know if this relationship is...

Tanvi Palsamudram

Tanvi Palsamudram

Using Response Times to Assess Prosopagnosia Diagnosis Tanvi Palsamudram VA Boston Healthcare System Scientific Abstract Background: The nature of face recognition memory deficits in developmental prosopagnosia (DP) remains to be fully characterized. Previously, a...

Tabinda Khan

Tabinda Khan

Assessing the validity of the DSM-5 Self-Rated Level 1 Cross-Cutting Symptom Measure-Adult as a predictor of clinician-rated psychosis, depression, anxiety, and mania Tabinda Khan, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: The DSM-5...

Julia Potter

Julia Potter

The Role of Loneliness and Social Support in Social Functioning in Postmenopausal Women with Major Depressive Disorder: Preliminary Analysis Julia R. Potter, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Depressed individuals report higher...

Jessica Poskus

Jessica Poskus

The Effects of Depression and Coping Strategies on Quality of Life in Postmenopausal Women with MDD J. Poskus, MA Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Patients with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) tend to exhibit more maladaptive coping...

Julia Lebovitz

Julia Lebovitz

Auditory Hallucinations During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Hospitalized Patients Julia Lebovitz, BA candidate Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: The content of auditory hallucinations (AHs) is malleable and reflects the environment...

Heejung Kim

Heejung Kim

A Pilot Program for Training Older Adults to use Telemedicine for Outpatient Geriatric Psychiatry Heejung Kim, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Digital literacy presents to be a potential barrier to care for patients accessing telehealth services. At...

Juliana Holcomb

Juliana Holcomb

Feasibility of a network-wide implementation of psychosocial screening in pediatric primary care Juliana M. Holcomb, BA Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: To improve compliance with psychosocial screening quality standards for...

James Green

James Green

Associations Between Social Anxiety, Social Functioning, and Paranoid Ideation: Understanding Risk for Conversion in Clinical High Risk for Psychosis James B. Green B.A. Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract   Background: Evidence suggests...

Justine Chen

Justine Chen

Sex as a Predictor of Illness Progression in First Episode Psychosis Patients with Comorbid Substance Use Disorder Justine Chen, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Comorbid substance use disorder (SUD) is prevalent among first...

Lauren Harnedy

Lauren Harnedy

Emotions and physical activity after weight loss surgery: A qualitative study Lauren E. Harnedy, BA Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Physical activity is critical to maintaining health and weight loss after weight loss surgery (WLS), but...

Natalie Feldman

Natalie Feldman

Placenta Accreta and Mental Health Sequelae Natalie Feldman, MD Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: Patients with high risk pregnancies, such as those with abnormal placentation, are susceptible to childbirth related mental health...

Paola Salvatore

Paola Salvatore

Long-Term Morbidity in Major Affective and Schizoaffective Disorders Following Hospitalization in First Psychotic Episodes Paola Salvatore, MD McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Studies following patients from first-psychotic episodes have been...

Rachel Staley

Rachel Staley

Impact of Respiratory-Gated Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation on Cardiovagal Regulation in Hypertension Rachel Staley, BA Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: Hypertension is a risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease...

Xi Pan

Xi Pan

Assessing Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Daily Life: A Review of Ecological Momentary Assessment Xi Pan, MSW, MPA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Ecological Momentary Assessment (EMA) is a method of capturing people’s current thoughts, emotions,...

Justine Cohen

Justine Cohen

Sex Differences in Stress Response Circuitry are Present in Early Adulthood: An fMRI Study of Healthy Young Adults Justine Cohen, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Increased incidence of affective disorders in women begins post-puberty...

Kelly M Klein

Kelly M Klein

Streamlining Suicide Risk Screening and Comprehensive Evaluation Across Inpatient Mental Health Admissions in a Tier 1A VA Medical Center Kelly M. Klein, PhD VA Boston Healthcare System Scientific Abstract Background: Inpatient mental health services at VA Boston...

Kelsey Johnson

Kelsey Johnson

Racial Differences in First-Episode Psychosis Treatment Access & Outcomes Kelsey A. Johnson, MPH Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: Notable racial and ethnic disparities persist in treatment for psychotic disorders. Across the US,...

Ross Baldessarini

Ross Baldessarini

Effects on Suicidal Risk: Comparison of Clozapine to Other Second-Generation Antipsychotics Ross J. Baldessarini, MD Massachusetts General Hospital, McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Clozapine is the only treatment with regulatory-recognition of lowering...

Paulo Lizano

Paulo Lizano

Anterior Default Mode Network Mediates the Relationship Between Systemic Inflammation and Cognition in Idiopathic Psychosis Paulo Lizano, MD, PhD Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract   Background: Default mode network (DMN) dysfunction exists...

Scott Provost

Scott Provost

Optimizing Retention, Duration and Discontinuation Strategies for Opioid Use Disorder Pharmacotherapy (RDD) – A new research study through the NIDA Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Scott E. Provost, MM, MSW McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The New...

Ronald Garcia

Ronald Garcia

Development of a Novel Transcutaneous Vagus Nerve Stimulation Technique for Modulation of the Stress Response Circuitry and Cardiac Autonomic Dysregulation in Major Depression Ronald G. Garcia, MD, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background:...

Meghan Pierce

Meghan Pierce

Evidence for Distinct Neuromolecular Biotypes of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Predicting Resting-State Network Connectivity Dysfunction Meghan Pierce, Ph.D. VA Boston Healthcare System Scientific Abstract   Background: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a...

Kyoko Konishi

Kyoko Konishi

Prenatal Stress Exposure Modulates Resting State Functional Connectivity by Sex in Midlife Kyoko Konishi, PhD Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Brain development, beginning in utero, has implications for brain aging with significant...

Jakob Hartmann

Jakob Hartmann

Mineralocorticoid receptors dampen glucocorticoid receptor sensitivity to stress via regulation of FKBP5 Jakob Hartmann, PhD McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: An imbalance between central mineralocorticoid (MR) and glucocorticoid (GR) receptor...

Sonya Kurzweil

Sonya Kurzweil

Including Parents in Child Mental Health Treatments: Clinician Practices and Decision Variables Sonya Rosenwald Kurzweil, Ph.D. Cambridge Health Alliance Scientific Abstract Background: Child therapy outcome research has indicated that including parents in child...

Hannah Heintz

Hannah Heintz

Videoconferencing for Family Therapy with Suicidal Older Adults Offers Post-Pandemic Opportunities Hannah Heintz, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Early data suggest that elder suicide has increased during the pandemic due to high rates of social...

Hermioni Amonoo

Hermioni Amonoo

Enhancing Positive Psychological Wellbeing in Hematopoietic Stem Cell Transplantation Hermioni L. Amonoo, MD, MPP Dana Farber Cancer Institute Scientific Abstract   Background: Allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation recipients often experience...

Holly Carrington

Holly Carrington

Effect of treatment status on whole brain fractional anisotropy in patients with anorexia nervosa Holly Carrington, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Anorexia nervosa (AN) and atypical-AN (at-AN) are restrictive eating disorders...

Genevieve Nowicki

Genevieve Nowicki

RDoC in action: Examining the role of dopamine on cognitive control performance across multiple units of analysis Genevieve P. Nowicki, B.S. McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: The Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) was launched to encourage...

Grace Konstantin

Grace Konstantin

Impairments in Social Cognition, Functioning, and Performance in Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders and Bipolar Disorder Grace Konstantin, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract BACKGROUND: Impairments in social cognition and social functioning are hallmark...

Francesca Fortenbaugh

Francesca Fortenbaugh

Web-Based Assessment of Visuospatial Processing Speed Across the Lifespan Francesca C. Fortenbaugh, PhD VA Boston Healthcare System Scientific Abstract Background: Declines in visuospatial processing speed in older adults are well documented, yet fine-grained lifespan...

Francesca Korte

Francesca Korte

Sex differences in stimulant misuse in the United States: 2015-2018 Francesca Korte, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: The prevalence of stimulant misuse and use disorder varies by substance type, and trends in prevalence are changing rapidly...

Emily Satinsky

Emily Satinsky

Depression, anxiety, and suicidal ideation among graduate students in doctoral degree programs: systematic review and meta-analysis Emily Satinsky, MSc Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: University administrators and mental health...

Elizabeth Rizzoni

Elizabeth Rizzoni

Opensource Neuroimaging Platforms: Gaps in Demographic Data Elizabeth A Rizzoni, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: An important goal of big data is to make large, high-quality datasets public via opensource platforms. This...

Ellexa Menezes

Ellexa Menezes

Do Demographic Variables Moderate the Impact of Mindfulness on Stress? Ellexa Menezes, HSD Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Mindfulness is associated with decreased stress, but we don’t know how demographic variables moderate this...

Elisa Loy

Elisa Loy

Developmental Consequences of Prenatal Substance Use in Adolescents Elisa Loy, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Prenatal drug use is linked to various behavioral and cognitive outcomes in adolescence. Previous MRI studies have...

Elisabetta del Re

Elisabetta del Re

Effects of childhood trauma on anterior-posterior axis of the hippocampus in psychosis: a BSNIP study Elisabetta C. del Re, PhD VA Boston Healthcare System Scientific Abstract Background: A history of childhood trauma has been shown to increase the risk of developing...

Evdokiya Knyazhanskaya

Evdokiya Knyazhanskaya

Effects of Diffusion MRI Data Harmonization on Diffusion Measures, Tractography, and White Matter Tract Parcellation Evdokiya Knyazhanskaya, BA Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Diffusion MRI (dMRI) data are sensitive to scanner...

Emma Balkind

Emma Balkind

Rumination Predicts Future Depressive Symptoms in Healthy Adolescents Emma Balkind, BS McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract   Background: Rumination is commonly defined as a cognitive “response style” characterized by repetitive patterns of negative thinking about...

Emily Johns

Emily Johns

Analysis of Cortical Thickness in Language Processing Brain Regions Associated with Hallucinations and Delusions in Early Psychosis Emily Johns, AB Candidate Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Aberrations of brain regions underpinning...

Dung Hoang

Dung Hoang

Brain Connectomics in Early Course Psychosis Dung Hoang, BS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: Multiple studies have reported alterations in brain structural connectivity in schizophrenia, but few studies have examined these...

Dylan Hughes

Dylan Hughes

Mapping specific and cross disorder polygenic risk scores onto dimensional psychopathology at age 9-10: Baseline results from the ABCD Study Dylan Hughes, BS Massachusetts General Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Genome wide association studies (GWAS) in...

Deepthi Bannai

Deepthi Bannai

Quantitative Retinal Microvascular Analysis in Schizophrenia with Swept Source Optical Coherence Tomography Angiography Deepthi Bannai, MS Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: Ophthalmologic studies in schizophrenia have reported...

Catherine Trinh

Catherine Trinh

Rapid Scale-Up of Telehealth Services in Outpatient Treatment for Substance Use Disorders Catherine Trinh, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: The rapid scale-up of telehealth services for substance use disorders (SUDs) during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Courtney Spitzer

Courtney Spitzer

Differences in Duration and Severity of First-Rank Symptoms Across Three Psychotic Disorders Courtney Spitzer, BA Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Scientific Abstract Background: The specificity of Schneider’s first-rank symptoms to schizophrenia in comparison to...

Chloe Kaplan

Chloe Kaplan

Predictors and Correlates of Dissociative Symptoms in Dissociative Identity Disorder Chloe Kaplan, BA McLean Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: Emotion dysregulation (ED) is an important feature of trauma spectrum disorders like dissociative identity disorder...

Brynn Vessey

Brynn Vessey

White matter diffusion magnetic resonance imaging of brain white matter tracts relevant to working memory in three age groups of individuals at genetic-high risk for schizophrenia Brynn Vessey, BS Brigham and Women’s Hospital Scientific Abstract Background: The...

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