Researchers on the Rise


Researchers on the Rise

Neurobehavioral Mechanisms Linking Social Rejection, Pain, and Suicide Risk in Youth

Caroline Oppenheimer, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Sleep and Neurobehavioral Vulnerability to Mood Disorders

Adriane Soehner, PhD Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Our Researchers on the Rise Lectures highlight the work of some of the Department of Psychiatry's rising stars in the research field. Join us on September 27, 2019 when we welcome Drs. Caroline Oppenheimer and Adriane Soehner as our featured speakers.

Dr. Caroline Oppenheimer
Caroline Oppenheimer, PhD

Caroline Oppenheimer, PhD is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. After earning a PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Denver, she completed a clinical psychology internship at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital and a T32 postdoctoral fellowship in Child and Adolescent Mental Health Research at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Oppenheimer was appointed to the Pitt Department of Psychiatry faculty in 2016. Her research focuses on predicting suicide risk in sexual minority and non-minority youth. With funding from a K01 career development award from the National Institute of Mental Health, she is testing an innovative model of suicide risk in a sample of sexual minority and nonminority adolescent girls that integrates neurobehavioral and interpersonal vulnerabilities.

Adriane Soehner, PhD
Adriane Soehner, PhD

Adriane Soehner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, is focusing on identifying functional neural mechanisms through which sleep-circadian disturbances may increase vulnerability to the onset or recurrence of affective disorders in adolescents and young adults. Dr. Soehner graduated from the University of California, Berkeley with a PhD in Clinical Science.  She relocated to Pittsburgh in 2013 where she completed the WPIC Clinical Psychology Internship Program. She then conducted research as a postdoctoral scholar in the Clinical Research Training for Psychologists and Translational Research Training in Sleep Medicine T32 programs at the University of Pittsburgh. Since joining our faculty, she has been examining whether sleep variability may exacerbate pre-existing neurobehavioral vulnerabilities in reward-control processes among adolescents at risk for bipolar disorder with support from an NIMH K01 career development award.

Date & Time. September 27, 2019, 12:00pm to 1:30pm

Location. UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital Auditorium

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The entirety of this program will be a lecture by the speaker(s). All individuals able to control the content of this educational activity are required to disclose all relevant financial relationships with any proprietary entity producing, marketing, re-selling, or distributing health care goods or services, used on, or consumed by, patients. Registration is not required for this event. This event is free and there will be no refunds. The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.
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