Erika E Forbes, PhD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Ambrosia M, Eckstrand KL, Morgan JK, Allen NB, Jones NP, Sheeber L, Silk JS, Forbes EE. Temptations of friends: adolescents' neural and behavioral responses to best friends predict risky behavior. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2018 May 1;13(5):483-491.
- Lichenstein SD, Musselman S, Shaw DS, Sitnick S, Forbes EE. Nucleus accumbens functional connectivity at age 20 is associated with trajectory of adolescent cannabis use and predicts psychosocial functioning in young adulthood. Addiction. 2017 Nov;112(11):1961-1970.
- Eckstrand KL, Choukas-Bradley S, Mohanty A, Cross M, Allen NB, Silk JS, Jones NP, Forbes EE. Heightened activity in social reward networks is associated with adolescents' risky sexual behaviors. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2017 Oct;27:1-9.
- Casement MD, Keenan KE, Hipwell AE, Guyer AE, Forbes EE. Neural Reward Processing Mediates the Relationship between Insomnia Symptoms and Depression in Adolescence. Sleep. 2016 Feb 1;39(2):439-47.
- Lichenstein SD, Verstynen T, Forbes EE. Adolescent brain development and depression: A case for the importance of connectivity of the anterior cingulate cortex. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2016 Nov;70:271-287.
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The Department of Psychiatry Diversity, Equity, and Inclusivity (DEI) Leadership Council represents the recent step in a continued journey to enhance DEI in our community (learn more about this work here). Composed of nine Department of Psychiatry faculty members, the Council provides continuity and dynamism to our DEI-related efforts, so that we can continue to engage our academic community in a way that matches...
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The Department of Psychiatry’s 20th Annual Research Day
The 20th annual Department of Psychiatry Research Day on June 9, 2022, represented a joyful reunion for more than 400 faculty members, trainees, and staff, who had not attended a large in-person event together since 2019. The morning session featured 110 posters at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in the Oakland section of Pittsburgh. In the afternoon, attendees gathered across the street at the University...
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