Beatriz Luna, PhD

Staunton Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.
Sanjana Bendi

Education & Training

University of Pittsburgh, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Psychology
University of PittsburghCognitive Neuroscience

Selected Honors & Awards

Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, United States Goverment
Fellow, World Innovation Foundation
Gallagher Lecture, Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine
Emerging Mentor Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Research Interests

Adolescent neurocognitive development; Executive function; Reward processing
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Murty VP, McKinney RA, DuBrow S, Jalbrzikowski M, Haas GL, Luna B. Differential patterns of contextual organization of memory in first-episode psychosis. NPJ Schizophr. 2018 Feb 15;4(1):3. doi: 10.1038/s41537-018-0046-8. PMID: 29449557; PMCID: PMC5814439.
  2. Tervo-Clemmens B, Simmonds D, Calabro FJ, Day NL, Richardson GA, Luna B. Adolescent cannabis use and brain systems supporting adult working memory encoding, maintenance, and retrieval. Neuroimage. 2017 Dec 15;169:496-509. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2017.12.041. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 29253654
  3. Jalbrzikowski M, Larsen B, Hallquist MN, Foran W, Calabro F, Luna B. Development of White Matter Microstructure and Intrinsic Functional Connectivity Between the Amygdala and Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex: Associations With Anxiety and Depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2017 Jan 17. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28274468
  4. Larsen B, Verstynen T, Yeh F, Luna B. Developmental Changes in the Integration of Affective and Cognitive Corticostriatal Pathways are Associated with Reward-Driven Behavior. Cerebral Cortex. Jul 2017. 1-12. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhx162. PMID:29106535
  5. Montez DF, Calabro FJ, Luna B. The expression of established cognitive brain states stabilizes with working memory development. Elife. 2017 Aug 19;6. pii:e25606. doi: 10.7554/eLife.25606. PMID: 28826493

Clinical Interests

Substance use; Psychosis