Kristen L Eckstrand, MD, PhD
Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Eckstrand KL, Forbes EE, Bertocci MA, Chase HW, Greenberg T, Lockovich J, Stiffler R, Aslam HA, Graur S, Bebko G, Phillips ML. Trauma impacts prospective relationships between reward-related ventral striatal and amygdala activity and 1-year future hypo/mania trajectories. Biological Psychiatry. (2020) 89(9):868-877. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biopsych.2020.11.017
- Forbes EE, Eckstrand KL, Rofey D, Silk JS. A social affective neuroscience model of risk and resilience in adolescent depression: Preliminary evidence and application to sexual and gender minority youth. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. 2020, S2451-9022(20)30211-1. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2020.07.020.
- Eckstrand KL, Flores LE, Cross M, Silk J, Allen NB, Healey K, Marshal MP, Forbes EE. Social and non-social reward processing and depressive symptoms among sexual minority adolescents. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience. (2019) 13:209. Doi:10.3389/fnbeh.2019.00209.
- Eckstrand KL, Forbes EE, Bertocci MA, Chase HW, Greenberg T, Lockovich J, Stiffler R, Aslam HA, Graur S, Bebko G, Phillips ML. Anhedonia reduction mediates relationship between left ventral striatal reward response and 6-month improvement in life satisfaction in young adults. JAMA Psychiatry. (2019) doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2019.0864.
- Eckstrand KL, Hanford LC, Bertocci M, Chase HW, Greenberg T, Lockovich J, Stiffler R, Aslam HA, Graur S, Bebko G, Forbes EE, Phillips ML. Trauma-associated anterior cingulate connectivity during reward processing predicts affective and anxiety states in young adults. Psychological Medicine. 2018, 1-10. doi:10.1017/S0033291718002520.
Clinical InterestsSelected Clinical Publications & Products
- Willging C., Sturm R., Sklar M., Kano M., Davies S., & Eckstrand K. LGBTQ primary care toolkit: A guide for primary care clinics to improve services for sexual and gender minority (SGM) patients. 2021. Albuquerque, NM: Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation. Available at: http://www.lgbtqprimarycare.com.
- Eckstrand KL & Potter J. Trauma, Resilience, and Health Promotion for LGBT Patients: What Every Healthcare Provider Should Know. Springer International Publishing. 2017. ISBN: 978-3319545073.
Education InterestsSelected Education Publications & Products
- Eckstrand KL, Lunn MR, Yehia BR. Organizational change model for LGBT inclusion: A framework for promoting inclusion and reducing health disparities. LGBT Health. (2017) 4(3): 174-180.
- Hollenbach A, Eckstrand KL, Dreger AD, eds. Improving Care and Climate for Individuals who are Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and/or Born with Differences of Sex Development: A Resource for Medical Educators, 1st ed. Association of American Medical Colleges. Washington DC. November 2014.
New Research: Maternal Response to Positive Affect Moderates the Impact of Familial Risk for Depression on Ventral Striatal Response to Winning Reward in Children
Adolescent offspring of depressed parents show diminished response to reward in the ventral striatum. Though factors associated with neural alterations in childhood are poorly understood, altered reward response may emerge before adolescence in offspring at familial risk for depression. A group of investigators, including Pitt Psychiatry scientists Judith Morgan, PhD (Associate Professor of Psychiatry and...
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...
Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD, Recognized by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine with Professionalism Accolade
The University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine has recognized Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry), for her dedication to supporting student experience and for serving as an exemplary role model for tireless compassion and advocacy on behalf of patients. A former student provided a glowing account of their experience working with Dr. Eckstrand: "Dr. Kristen Eckstrand has been a pivotal...
The Department of Psychiatry Welcomes Three New Faculty Members
Pitt Psychiatry extends a warm welcome to three new faculty members who have joined our Department: Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD (Assistant Professor of Psychiatry) Dr. Eckstrand earned her MD and her PhD in neuroscience from Vanderbilt University. She completed residency training in adult psychiatry and a fellowship in child psychiatry at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. She then joined the Pitt Department of...