New Faculty - Lauren Bylsma, PhD

Lauren M. Bylsma, PhD Welcomed to
Department of Psychiatry Faculty


The Department of Psychiatry is pleased to welcome Lauren Bylsma, PhD to its faculty.

Dr. Bylsma earned her BA in Psychology in 2003 and an MA in Liberal Arts in 2005 from the University of Pennsylvania.  After working in for two years at Penn?s Center for Cognitive Neuroscience, she went on to obtain an MA (2008) and PhD (2012) in Clinical Psychology from the University of South Florida.   During her graduate school training under the mentorship of Jonathan Rottenberg, Dr. Bylsma?s research activities focused on psychophysiological, neural, and daily life measures of emotional reactivity and regulation in adults with current and remitted depression.  After completing a clinical psychology internship at the VA Puget Sound Healthcare System?Seattle Division, Dr. Bylsma relocated to Pittsburgh to accept a postdoctoral scholar appointment on the federally funded Child & Adolescent Clinical Research Training program in the University of Pittsburgh?s Department of Psychiatry under the mentorship of Dr. Maria Kovacs.   

During her postdoctoral training, Dr. Bylsma extended her work with depressed adults to examine  psychophysiological and behavioral measures of emotional functioning and self-regulation in youth at high risk for depression.  This work laid the groundwork for her career development award (K01) from the National Institutes of Mental Health.  For her K01, Dr. Bylsma is now working with Dr. Cecile Ladouceur to examine emotional functioning in youth ages 8-13 at high familial risk for depression in a longitudinal study using a combination of neural (event related potentials) and daily life measures (computerized ecological momentary assessment) of emotional processing and regulation. In addition to presenting her work at scientific meetings and conferences in the United States, The Netherlands, and Belgium, Dr. Bylsma also has published her work widely in peer-reviewed psychology and psychiatry journals, including the Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Clinical Psychology Review, Biological Psychology, Psychosomatic Medicine.. Dr. Bylsma is an active member of the Psychiatry Department?s Developmental Affective Science Collective and the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition.   

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bylsma to the department!