Carmen Andreescu, MD Appointed Associate Professor by Pitt School of Medicine
Carmen Andreescu, MD is an internationally recognized expert on the affective neuroscience of late-life mood and anxiety disorders. Her study of the functional and structural neural circuity of emotion dysregulation in generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) led her pursue a novel set of hypotheses regarding severe worry as a central feature and organizing concept in research on the neurobiology of GAD. The development of an in-scanner “worry paradigm” to observe regional and neural circuit activation using fMRI with the induction of psychological states of worry and reappraisal is an important component of her research. Dr. Andreescu continues to explore neural networks associated with the induction and regulation of severe worry—a transdiagnostic phenomenon that she suggests might relate to accelerated aging and cognitive decline. In addition, Dr. Andreescu is recognized as a skilled and thoughtful clinician in our Geriatric and Interventional Psychiatry departments as well as in the Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center. She is clearly an emerging leader in the field of geriatric psychiatry.
As such, the Department of Psychiatry is pleased to announce her promotion to the rank of Associate Professor of Psychiatry by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.
Please congratulate Dr. Andreescu on her well-deserved promotion!