Education & Training
Selected Honors & Awards
- Chase HW, Fournier JC, Bertocci M, Greenberg T, Aslam H, Stiffler R, Lockovich J, Graur S, Bebko G, Forbes EE, Phillips ML (2017). A pathway linking reward circuitry, impulsive sensation seeking and risky decision making in young adults: identifying neural markers for new interventions. Translational Psychiatry 7: e1096. doi: 10.1038/tp.2017.60 [PMID: 28418404] PMCID in process
- Bertocci MA, Bebko G, Versace A, Fournier J, Iyengar S, Olino T, Bonar L, Almeida JR, Perlman SB, Schirda C, Travis M, Gill MK, Diwadkar VA, Forbes E, Sunshine JL, Holland SK, Kowatch RA, Birmaher B, Axelson D, Horwitz SM, Frazier TW, Arnold LE, Fristad MA, Youngstrom EA, Findling RL, Phillips ML (2016). Predicting clinical outcome from reward circuitry function and white matter structure in youth. Molecular Psychiatry. doi: 10.1038/mp.2016.5. [Epub ahead of print] [PMCID: PMC4993633]
- Versace A, Acuff H, Bertocci M, Bebko G, Almeida JCR, Perlman S, Leemans A, Schirda C, Aslam H, Dwojak A, Bonar L, Travis MJ, Gill MK, Demeter C, Diwadkar V, Sunshine J, Holland S, Kowatch R, Birmaher B, Axelson D, Horwitz S, Frazier T, Arnold LE, Fristad M, Youngstrom E, Findling R, Phillips ML. (2015). White Matter Structure in Youth with Behavioral and Emotional Dysregulation Disorders: A Probabilistic Tractographic Study. JAMA Psychiatry 72(2):367-76. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2170. [PMCID: PMC4415624].
- Phillips ML, Swartz HA (2014). A critical appraisal of neuroimaging studies of bipolar disorder: toward a new conceptualization of underlying neural circuitry and roadmap for future research. American Journal of Psychiatry 171:829-843. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.13081008 [PMCID: PMC4119497]
- Phillips ML, Kupfer DJ (2013). Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis: Challenges and Future Directions. The Lancet 381:1683-71. [PMID 23663952]
Now in Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, Assessing Relationships Among Impulsive Sensation Seeking & Reward
Scientists seeking to improve understanding of bipolar disorder have focused on impulsive sensation seeking—a complex trait characterized by impulsivity (acting without advance thought) and sensation seeking (seeking new or extreme experiences). Some research has indicated that high impulsivity may be an early sign or symptom of bipolar disorder. Impulsive sensation seeking is associated with the greater valuation...
Honoring Pitt Psychiatry Faculty Society of Biological Psychiatry 2020 Awardees Even as COVID-19 Pandemic Forces Cancellation of Annual Meeting
The annual Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) meeting, originally scheduled for April 30–May 2, 2020, is among the numerous academic conferences to be canceled in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Although the meeting did not occur, the Department of Psychiatry remains committed to celebrating the achievements of our faculty. We are delighted to announce this year’s George Thompson Award honoree, as well as...
Meet the Neurochicks: This Group of Senior Faculty Members Provide Each Other Support, Encouragement and Good Research Ideas
“During the whole of my training, I had only one female mentor,” remembers Mary Phillips, MD MD (Cantab) (Pittsburgh Foundation-Emmerling Endowed Chair in Psychotic Disorders and Professor of Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science). “If you never see a woman as a leader, you risk internalizing the belief that women can’t succeed in that role.” Dr. Phillips counts herself among the Neurochicks, an...
Study Is First to Show Impact of Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation on Reward and Affect in Bipolar Disorder
Bipolar disorder is a debilitating mental illness and the fourth leading cause of neurological disability worldwide. There is an urgent need for novel interventions that produce sustained alleviation of symptoms while not introducing challenging, long-term side effects. Previous studies have demonstrated abnormally elevated activity during reward expectancy in the left ventrolateral prefrontal cortex among...