Beatriz Luna, PhD

Staunton Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry and Professor of Psychology

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.
Michelle Mathew

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. Luna B, Marek S, Larsen B, Tervo-Clemmens B, Chahal R. An integrative model of the maturation of cognitive control. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2015 Jul 8;38:151-70. PMID: 2615478
  2. Marek S, Hwang K, Foran W, Hallquist MN, Luna B. The Contribution of Network Organization and Integration to the Development of Cognitive Control. PLoS Biol. 2015 Dec 29;13(12):e1002328. PMID: 26713863
  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. Simmonds DJ, Hallquist MN, Luna B. Protracted development of executive and mnemonic brain systems underlying working memory in adolescence: a longitudinal fMRI study. Neuroimage. 2017 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28456583.
  5. Larsen B, Verstynen TD, Yeh FC Luna B. Developmental Changes in the Integration of Affective and Cognitive Corticostriatal Pathways is Associated with Reward-Driven Behavior. Cereb Cortex. (In Press)

Clinical Interests

Substance use; Psychosis