Resident Biographies

Current PRP Residents


Dr. Shinny-Yi (Cindy) ChouName: Shinny-Yi  (Cindy) Chou, MD, PhD
Pronouns: She/her
Home town: Taipei, Taiwan; Seattle, WA
Current year: PGY4
Current research time: 60%

Undergraduate: BS Physiology; BS Neurobiology; BM Clarinet performance, University of Washington
Medical school: MD PhD, Neuroscience, University of Nebraska
Graduate school mentor: Ming Li, PhD; Rick Bevins, PhD
Graduate school topic: Long term effects of adolescent antipsychotic exposure; early life stress exposure on postpartum behaviors in adulthood
Graduate school techniques: Immunohistochemistry, rodent models of schizophrenia and maternal behaviors

PRP mentor: Robert Sweet, MD
PRP project: Role of the endocannabinoid system in auditory dysfunction associated with schizophrenia
PRP techniques: Postmortem human tissue processing, immunohistochemistry, rodent behavioral assays of auditory processing

Interests outside of medicine: Clarinet; Symphony; Jazz; Comedy; Rock climbing; Movies

Selected Publications:

Pittenger S, Chou S, Barrett S, Catalano I, Lydiatt M, Bevins R. Nicotine- and cocaine-triggered methamphetamine reinstatement in female and male Sprague-Dawley rats, Pharm Biochem Beh. 2017;159: 69-75. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2017.07.003.

Chou S, Davis C, Jones S, Li M. Repeated effects of the neurotensin receptor agonist PD149163 in three animal tests of antipsychotic activity: focusing on its tolerance effect and impacts on clozapine,” Pharm Biochem Beh, 2015; 128: 78-88. doi: 10.1016/j.pbb.2014.11.015. 

Chou S, Jones S, Li M. Adolescent olanzapine sensitization is correlated with hippocampal stem cell proliferation and survival in a maternal immune activation rat model of schizophrenia, Brain Res, 2015; 1618: 122-35. doi: 10.1016/j.brainres.2015.05.036.


Dr. Daniel Wonjae ChungName: Daniel Wonjae Chung, MD PhD
Pronouns: He/him
Home town: Seoul, South Korea
Current year: PGY3
Current research time: 60%

Undergraduate: BA MS, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University
Medical school: MD PhD, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
Graduate school mentor: David Lewis, MD
Graduate school topic: Role of alternative splicing in interneuron maturation and schizophrenia
Graduate school techniques: human postmortem study, confocal microscopy, in vitro assays

PRP mentor: David Lewis, MD
PRP project: Variability in neural circuits and schizophrenia
PRP techniques: Human postmortem study, super-resolution microscopy, computational modeling

Interests outside of medicine:  Cooking; Going to movies (pre-COVID); Watching YouTube and Twitch clips (post-COVID)

Selected Publications:

Chung DW, Wills ZP, Fish KN, Lewis DA. Developmental pruning of excitatory synaptic inputs to parvalbumin interneurons in monkey prefrontal cortex. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA, 2017;114:E629-E637. 

Chung DW, Fish KN, Lewis DA. Pathological Basis for Deficient Excitatory Drive to Cortical Parvalbumin Interneurons in Schizophrenia. Am J Psychiatry. 2016;173:1131-1139.

Chung DW, Volk DW, Arion D, Zhang Y, Sampson AR, Lewis DA. Dysregulated ErbB4 Splicing in Schizophrenia: Selective Effects on Parvalbumin Expression. Am J Psychiatry. 2016;173:60-68.


Youjin Chung, MD, PhDName: Youjin Chung, MD
Pronouns: She/her
Home town: Seoul, South Korea
Current year: PGY2
Current research time: 0%

Undergraduate: BA, Neuroscience, Johns Hopkins University 
Medical school: MD, Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences
Graduate school mentor: David Lewis, MD
Graduate school topic: PV neuron dysfunction in schizophrenia and mood disorders
Graduate school techniques: qPCR, single cell qPCR, in vitro assay

PRP mentor: David Lewis, MD
PRP project: Role of RNA binding protein in schizophrenia 
PRP techniques: Confocal microscopy, RNAscope

Interests outside of medicine: Travel; Coffee; Hoy (family dog)

Selected Publications: 

Chung DW*, Chung Y*, Bazmi H, Lewis DA.  Altered ErbB4 splicing and cortical parvalbumin interneuron dysfunction in schizophrenia and mood disorders. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018; 43:2478-2486. *denotes equal first author.

Seshadri S, Faust T, Ishizuka K, Delevich K, Chung Y, Kim SH, Eom TY, Anton E, Li B, Sawa A. Interneuronal DISC1 regulates NRG1-ErbB4 signaling and excitatory-inhibitory circuit functioning in the mature cortex. Nat Communications, 2015; 6(1).


Dr. Sai FolmsbeeName: Sai Folmsbee, MD PhD
Pronouns: He/him
Home town: Topeka, KS
Current year: PGY3
Current research time: 60%

Undergraduate: BS, Neurobiology, University of Kansas
Medical school: MD PhD, Northwestern University
Graduate school mentor: Cara Gottardi, PhD
Graduate school topic: Role of ependymal cell adhesion in development of autism
Graduate school techniques: Immunofluorescence, cell culture, mouse models of autism

PRP mentor: Susanne Ahmari, MD PhD
PRP project: Changes to dendritic spine density in OCD
PRP techniques: Confocal microscopy, human tissue histology

Interests outside of medicine: Cooking' Writing

Selected Publications: 

Folmsbee S, Wilcox DR; Koen Tyberghein; Pieter De Bleser; Warren G. Tourtellotte; Jolanda van Hengel; Frans van Roy; Cara J. Gottardi. αT-catenin function in restricted brain cell types and its potential connection to autism. Journal of Molecular Psychiatry. 2016 Jun 21;4:2. doi: 10.1186/s40303-016-0017-9. eCollection 2016.


Dr. Matt GeramitaName: Matthew Geramita, MD PhD
Pronouns: He/him
Home town: New Castle, PA
Current year: PGY3
Current research time: 60%

Undergraduate: BS, Physics, University of Michigan
Medical school: MD PhD, Neuroscience University of Pittsburgh
Graduate school mentor: Nathan Urban, PhD
Graduate school topic: Parallel processing in the olfactory bulb of mice
Graduate school techniques: in vitro electrophysiology, optogenetics, computational modeling

PRP mentor: Susanne Ahmari MD PhD (Pitt), Eric Yttri PhD (CMU)
PRP project: Striatal circuits encoding avoidance in mice
PRP techniques: In vivo calcium imaging and electrophysiology, computational modeling, optogenetics

Interests outside of medicine: Running; Camping; Cooking

Selected Publications: 

Geramita M, Urban NN. Differences in feed-forward inhibition on mitral and tufted cells lead to distinct modes of intensity coding. Journal of Neuroscience. 2017;37(6):1428-1438. PMID: 28028200

Geramita M, Urban NN. Postnatal odor exposure increases the strength of interglomerular lateral inhibition onto olfactory bulb tufted cells. Journal of Neuroscience. 2016; 36(49): 12321-12327. PMID: 27927952

Geramita MA, Burton SD, Urban NN. Distinct lateral inhibitory circuits drive parallel processing of sensory information in the mammalian olfactory bulb. eLife. 2016;5. PMID: 27351103


Dr. Angela IanniName: Angela Ianni, MD DPhil
Pronouns: She/her
Hometown: Okemos, MI
Current year: PGY1
Current research time: 0%

Undergraduate: BSE, Biomedical Engineering, University of Michigan
Medical school: MD, University of California, San Diego
Graduate school: The University of Oxford (NIH Graduate Partnership Program)
Graduate school mentors: Karen Berman, MD and Tim Behrens, DPhil
Graduate school topic: Dopamine and Reward-Guided Behavior
Graduate school techniques: Neuroimaging, computational modeling of behavior

PRP mentor/project/techniques: TBD 

Interests outside of medicine: Hiking; Rock climbing; Camping

Selected Publications: 

Eisenberg DP, Yankowitz L, Ianni AM, Rubinstein DY, Kohn PD, Hegarty CE, Gregory MD, Apud JA, Berman KF. Presynaptic Dopamine Synthesis Capacity in Schizophrenia and Striatal Blood Flow Change During Antipsychotic Treatment and Medication-Free Conditions. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2017; 42(11):2232-2241.

Jocham G, Brodersen KH, Constantinescu AO, Kahn MC, Ianni AM, Walton, ME, Rushworth MF, Behrens TE. Reward-Guided Learning with and without Causal Attribution. Neuron. 2016; 90(1): 177-90.

Eisenberg DP, Ianni AM, Wei SM, Kohn PD, Kolachana B, Apud J, Weinberger DR, Berman KF. Brain- derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) Val(66)Met polymorphism differentially predicts hippocampal function in medication-free patients with schizophrenia. Mol Psychiatry. 2013; 18(6):713-20.


Dr. Josh KrivinkoName: Josh Krivinko, MD
Pronouns: He/him
Home town: Pittsburgh, PA
Current year: PGY2
Current research time: 0%

Undergraduate: BS, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh 
Medical school: MD, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine 
PRP mentor: Robert Sweet, MD
PRP project: Uncovering therapeutic targets for psychotic symptoms in Alzheimer disease
PRP techniques: mouse transgenic models, primary neuronal cell culture, human post mortem tissue studies, quantitative proteomics

Interests outside of medicine: Gardening; Classical piano

Selected Publications: 

Krivinko JM, Koppel J, Savonenko A, Sweet RA. Animal models of Psychosis in Alzheimer Disease. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry. Jan 2020; 28(1): 1-19 

Krivinko JM, Erickson SL, Ding Y, Sun Z, Penzes P, MacDonald ML, Yates, NA, Ikonomovic MD, Lopez OL, Sweet RA, Kofler J. Synaptic proteome compensation and resilience to psychosis in Alzheimer Disease. American Journal of Psychiatry. Oct 2018; 175(10): 999-1009. 

Krivinko JM, Erickson SL, Abrahamson EE, Wills ZP, Ikonomovic MD, Penzes P, Sweet RA. Kalirin reduction rescues psychosis-associated behavioral deficits in APPswe/PSEN1dE9 transgenic mice. Neurobiology of Aging. June 2017; 54: 59-70. 


Dr. Alexander TereshchenkoName: Alexander Tereshchenko, MD PhD
Pronouns: He/him
Home town: Tyumen, Russia
Current year: PGY1
Current research time: 0%

Undergraduate: BS, Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Sciences, University of Michigan
Medical school: MD, PhD, Neuroscience, University of Iowa
Graduate school mentor: Peg Nopoulos, MD
Graduate school topic: Brain connectivity in Huntington’s disease
Graduate school techniques: Neuroimaging (structural and functional MRI, DTI, T1-Rho)

PRP mentor/project/techniques: TBD 

Selected publications:

Tereshchenko AV, Schultz JL, Bruss JE, Magnotta VA, Epping EA, Nopoulos PC. Abnormal development of cerebellar-striatal circuitry in Huntington disease. Neurology. 2020;94(18):e1908-e1915.

Tereshchenko AV, Magnotta V, Epping E, et al. Brain structure in juvenile-onset Huntington disease. Neurology. 2019;92(17):e1939-e1947.

Tereshchenko AV, Schultz JL, Kunnath AJ, et al. Subcortical T1-Rho MRI Abnormalities in Juvenile-Onset Huntington's Disease. Brain Sci. 2020;10(8).


Dr. CeCe WestbrookName: Ceci Westbrook, MD PhD
Pronouns: She/her/hers
Home town: Chicago, IL
Current year: PGY2
Current research time: 20%

Undergraduate: BS, Psychology and Biological Sciences, minor in Creative Writing, Carnegie Mellon University
Medical school: MD PhD, Psychology, University of Wisconsin – Madison
Graduate school mentor: Richard Davidson, PhD
Graduate school topic: Cognitive and neural mechanisms of development of depression
Graduate school techniques: fMRI, psychophysiology, cognitive tasks, questionnaires

PRP mentor: Lauren Hallion, PhD (Pitt Psychology)
PRP project: Analyzing fMRI data during in-vivo worry
PRP techniques: fMRI, cognitive tasks, questionnaires

Interests outside of medicine: Hiking/backpacking; Baking; Creative writing

Selected Publications:

Westbrook C, Patsenko E, Mumford J, Abramson LY & Davidson RJ. (2018). Frontoparietal processing of stress-relevant information differs in individuals with a negative cognitive style. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 127(5), 437-447. PMCID: PMC6054475

Westbrook CA, Tabibnia G, Julson E, Tindle H & Creswell JD. (2013): Mindful attention reduces neural and self-reported cue-induced craving in smokers. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 8(1), 73-84. PMCID: PMC3541484

Westbrook C, Subramaniam T, Tarula E, Co D, Furstenberg-Knauff M, Wallace A, Payne E & Hsu D. (2019). FIRES syndrome treated successfully with anakinra in a 21-year-old woman. Wisconsin Medical Journal 118(3), 135-139. PMCID: PMC7082129 


Dr. Eric ZimmermanName: Eric Zimmerman, MD, PhD
Pronouns: He/Him
Home town: Waukesha, WI
Current year: PGY2
Current research time: 20% (10-week elective)

Undergraduate: BS, Neurobiology, Minor in Music, University of Washington - Seattle
Medical school: MD PhD, Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
Graduate school mentor: Anthony Grace, PhD
Graduate school topic: Circuit dynamics underlying control of dopamine neuron activity by the nucleus reuniens of the midline thalamus
Graduate school techniques: In vivo electrophysiology, DREADDs, rodent behavior

PRP mentor: Susanne Ahmari MD PhD
PRP project: Encoding of action sequences by the mesolimbic dopamine system
PRP techniques: Fiber photometry with GrabDA, rodent behavior

Interests outside of medicine: Collecting used vinyl records; Science fiction/fantasy reading; I have kept the same rosemary plant alive for over a year

Selected Publications:

Zimmerman EC, Grace AA. (2018) Prefrontal cortex modulates firing pattern in the nucleus reuniens of the midline thalamus via distinct corticothalamic pathways. European Journal of Neuroscience, 36(34): 8977-8984. PMCID: PMC27559178

Zimmerman EC, Grace AA. (2016) The nucleus reuniens of the midline thalamus gates prefrontal-hippocampal modulation of ventral tegmental area dopamine neuron activity. The Journal of Neuroscience, 36(34): 8977-8984. PMCID: PMC27559178

Zimmerman EC, Bellaire M, Ewing SG, Grace AA. (2013). Abnormal stress responsivity in a rodent developmental disruption model of schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology, 38(11): 2131-9. PMCID: PMC3773662


 

Past PRP Residents

Dr. Kristen EckstrandKristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD worked under the co-mentorship of Mary Phillips, MD and Erika Forbes, PhD as a PRP resident. Her current research focuses on the development of risk behaviors and affective psychopathology in youth, with a focus on vulnerable populations. Her research has been recognized with awards from the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and the American Association of Directors of Psychiatric Residency Training.

"The PRP's focus on supportive and quality mentorship made my transition between fields of research (adulthood insulin resistance to adolescent mental health) smooth and exciting. The program's flexibility combined with a collaborative research environment easily facilitates research exploration and accomplishment."

Selected Publications:

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. 

Eckstrand KL, Mummareddy N, Zhou M, Kang H, Zald D, Silver HJ, Niswender K, Avison MJ. An insulin resistance associated neural correlate of impulsivity in type 2 diabetes mellitus. PLOS One, 2017;12(12):e0189113. 

Eckstrand KL, Choukas-Bradley S, Mohanty A, Cross M, Allen NB, Silk JS, Jones NP, Forbes EE. Increased functional connectivity in social reward networks is associated with adolescents’ risky sexual behavior. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. 2017; 27:1-9. doi: 10.1016/j.dcn.2017.07.004 


Melanie GrubishaMelanie Grubisha, MD, PhD participated in the PRP between 2013 and 2017. Her research project was focused on impairments in dendritic morphogenesis in schizophrenia under the mentorship of Robert Sweet, MD. She then held a postdoctoral appointment, supported by the Training for Transformative Discovery in Psychiatry grant. Dr. Grubisha was appointed as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in 2019 and has a K08 award from the National Institute of Mental Health. In addition to her research, she also sees patients one day per week in a homeless clinic in Pittsburgh.

Selected Publications:

Russell TA*, Grubisha MJ*, Remmers CL, Kang SK, Forrest MP, Smith KR, Kopeikina KJ, Gao R, Sweet RA, Penzes P.  A schizophrenia-linked KALRN coding variant alters neuron morphology, protein function, and transcript stability. Biol Psychiatry. 2018;83(6):499-508. PMID:29241584.

Grubisha MJ*, Lin CW*, Tseng GC, Penzes P, Sibille E, Sweet RA. Age-Dependent Increase in Kalirin-9 and Kalirin-12 in Human Orbitofrontal Cortex. Eur J Neurosci. 2016; 44(7):2483-2492. PMID: 27471199.

Liu TT*, Grubisha MJ*, Frahm KA, Wendell SG, Liu J, Ricke WA, Auchus RJ, DeFranco DB. Opposing Effects of Cyclooxygenase-2 (COX-2) on Estrogen Receptor β (ERβ) Response to 5α-reductase Inhibition in Prostate Epithelial Cells. J Biol Chem. 2016; 291(28):14747-60. doi: 10.1074/jbc.M115.711515. PMID: 27226548 *denotes equal first author.


Danella Hafeman, MD, PhD

Danella Hafeman, MD, PhD participated in the PRP at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital between 2009 and 2012. Her research project was focused on Bipolar Disorder and neuroimaging, under the mentorship of Mary Phillips, MD. She then held a postdoctoral appointment, supported by the Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment Training grant. She was appointed as Assistant Professor of Psychiatry in 2017 and has a K01 Award from the NIMH.

"The opportunities through the PRP allowed me to explore a new area of research, learning how to analyze and interpret fMRI data. While I had a strong background in statistics (through my PhD in epidemiology), the protected time and strong mentorship facilitated my development as a neuroimaging researcher during my residency and child fellowship."

Selected Publications:

Hafeman DM, Merranko J, Axelson D, Goldstein B, Goldstein T, Monk K, Hickey MB, Sakolsky D, Diler R, Iyengar S, Brent D, Kupfer D, Birmaher B. Toward the definition of a bipolar prodrome: Dimensional predictors of bipolar spectrum disorder in at-risk youth. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2016;173(7):695-704.

Hafeman D, Bebko G, Bertocci MA, Fournier JC, Chase HW, Bonar L, Perlman SB, Travis M, Gill MK, Diwadkar VA, Sunshine JL, Holland SK, Kowatch RA, Birmaher B, Axelson D, Horwitz SM, Arnold LE, Fristad MA, Frazier TW, Youngstrom EA, Findling RL, Phillips ML. Amygdala-prefrontal cortical functional connectivity during implicit emotion processing differentiates youth with bipolar spectrum from youth with externalizing Disorders. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2016;208:94-100.

Hafeman D, Merranko J, Goldstein T, Axelson D, Goldstein B, Monk K, Hickey MB, Sakolsky D, Diler R, Iyengar S, Brent D, Kupfer D, Kattan MW, Birmaher B, Individualizing the bipolar prodrome: person-level risk calculator to predict new-onset bipolar spectrum disorder in youth at familial risk. JAMA Psychiatry. 2017.


Dr. Gil HoftmanGil Hoftman, MD, PhD served as Chief Resident of the PRP and is currently completing his psychiatry residency at the University of California-Los Angeles. He was a mentee of David Lewis, MD for many years. Using studies of postmortem human brain tissue research, he aims to understand the neural substrate of altered cognition in schizophrenia and its occurrence during postnatal development. He was also a fellow in the child and adolescent psychiatry program, and appreciated the flexibility provided by the Residency Program Directors to tailor his residency training to his individual clinical and research needs.

"The PRP has helped me by providing multiple mentors for guidance and support, and by protecting time to conduct research without compromising my clinical training. Our thriving research community excites me and deepens my passion and commitment to research!"

Selected Publications:

Hoftman GD, Dienel SJ, Bazmi HH, Zhang Y, Chen K and Lewis DA. Altered Gradients of Glutamate and GABA Transcripts in the Cortical Visuospatial Working Memory Network in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 2018; doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2017.11.029. 

Hoftman GD*, Datta D* and Lewis DA. Layer 3 excitatory and inhibitory circuitry in the prefrontal cortex: Developmental trajectories and alterations in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry. 2017; 81(10):862-73. *Co-first authors.

Fish KN*, Hoftman GD*, Sheikh W, Kitchens M and Lewis DA. Parvalbumin-containing chandelier and basket cell boutons have distinctive modes of maturation in monkey prefrontal cortex. J Neuroscience, 2013; 33(19):8352–8358. *Co-first authors.


Aaron Jenkins, MDAaron Jenkins, MD joined the PRP in 2017 under the mentorship of David Volk, MD, PhD. His current project focuses on the molecular characterization of cortical microglia in post-mortem tissue from individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia.  He is a CAP fellow and has particularly enjoyed working in the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Spectrum Services clinic.  He looks forward to continuing to broaden his clinical experiences while continuing to think of how to best bridge these with his interests in basic neuroscience.

Selected Publications:

Jenkins AK, Paterson C, Wang Y, Hyde TM, Kleinman JE, Law AJ. "Neurexin 1 (NRXN1) splice isoform expression during human neocortical development and aging." Mol Psychiatry, 2016, 21(5):701-6. doi: 10.1038/mp.2015.107.

Jenkins AK.  Reflections on the past and utility for the present, Academic Psychiatry, 2014, 38(6):737-9. doi: 10.1007/s40596-014-0228-2. 

Jenkins A, Apud JA, Zhang F, Decot H, Weinberger DR, Law AJ. "Identification of candidate single-nucleotide polymorphisms in NRXN1 related to antipsychotic treatment response in patients with schizophrenia." Neuropsychopharmacology. 39(9):2170-8. doi: 10.1038/npp.2014.65

Theiss AL, Jenkins AK, Okoro NI, Klapproth JM, Merlin D, Sitaraman SV.  "Prohibitin inhibits tumor necrosis factor alpha-induced nuclear factor-kappa B nuclear translocation via the novel mechanism of decreasing importin alpha3 expression." Mol Biol Cell. 20:4412-23. doi: 10.1091/mbc.E09-05-0361.


Heather Joseph, DOHeather Joseph, DO participated in the PRP program from 2013 to 2016 and conducted research on familial transmission of ADHD and paternal parenting styles, mentored by Brooke Molina, PhD. Currently, she is a postdoctoral scholar supported by the Innovative Methods in Pathogenesis and Child Treatment Training grant, and an attending on the Behavioral Health Consult service at CHP. She was the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Fellowship in ADHD recipient for 2017 and has submitted a K23 award application.

"The PRP has the flexibility and support to meet the needs of trainees at all levels of research experience. This includes individuals who first explore a research career upon starting residency, like I did. I have benefited from the strong research infrastructure here, and had the opportunity to take courses through the Institute for Clinical Research and Education (ICRE) during residency. Soon I will graduate from the ICRE Certificate Program."

Selected Publications:

Joseph HM, Kennedy TM, Gnagy E, Pelham W, Perlman S, Molina BGS. Fathers with Childhood ADHD, Parenting, and their Young Children's Behavior: Offspring of the Pittsburgh ADHD Longitudinal Study (PALS). Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 2019: 50(1): 35–44.

Joseph HM, Emery RL, Bogen DL, Levine MD. The Influence of Smoking on Breast feeding Among Women Who Quit Smoking During Pregnancy. Nicotine & Tobacco Research, 2017; 19(5): 652-655.

Molina BGS, Gnagy EM, Joseph HM, Pelham WE. Antisocial Alcoholism in Parents of Adolescents and Young Adults With Childhood ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 2016; 1-10, 1087054716680074. 


Dr. Ian KratnerIan Kratter, MD, PhD is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the Neuropsychiatry Fellowship program at Stanford University. As a PRP resident he studied neuropsychiatric predictors of cognitive outcomes following deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease under the guidance of an interdisciplinary team of mentors that includes Mark Richardson, MD, PhD, a functional neurosurgeon; Jordan Karp, MD, a geriatric psychiatrist; and, Luke Henry, PhD, a neuropsychologist. By calculating volumes of tissue activation and performing connectomic analyses on each patient, they hope to better understand how pre-operative clinical phenotypes might interact with local and network effects of deep brain stimulation to produce variation in post-operative outcomes.

Selected Publications:

Kratter IH, Zahed H, Lau A, Tsvetkov AS, Daub AC, Weiberth KF, Gu X, Saudou F, Humbert S, Yang WX, Osmand A, Steffan JS, Masliah E, Finkbeiner S. Serine 421 regulates mutant Huntingtin toxicity and clearance in mice. J Clin Invest. 2016; 126(9):3585-97.

Lee JM, Kim KH, Shin A, Chao MJ, Abu Elneel K, Gillis T, Mysore JS, Kaye JA, Zahed H, Kratter IH, Daub AC, Finkbeiner S, Li H, Roach JC, Goodman N, Hood L, Myers RH, MacDonald ME, Gusella JF. Sequence- Level Analysis of the Major European Huntington Disease Haplotype. Am J Hum Genet. 2015; 97(3):435-44.

Kratter IH, Richardson RM, Karp JF. DBS in major depression. In Deep Brain Stimulation: Techniques and Practice, edited by William S. Anderson, New York, New York: Thieme Medical Publishers, Inc. In press. 


Dr. Paven Aujla LidstonePaven Aujla Lidstone, MD, PhD was appointed as a postdoctoral scholar at the to the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship at the University of California-San Diego School of Medicine. As a mentee of David Volk, MD, PhD, she investigated the morphological and molecular properties of microglia in human postmortem brain tissue to better understand the role of immune activation in schizophrenia. 

Selected Publications:

Aujla PK, Bogdanovic V, Naratadam GT, Raetzman LT. Persistent expression of activated Notch in the developing ventral diencephalon affects survival of pituitary progenitors and pituitary structure. Developmental Dynamics, 2015; 244: 921-934. Cover article.

Aujla PK, and Huntley GW. Early postnatal expression and localization of matrix metalloproteinases-2 and -9 during establishment of rat hippocampal synaptic circuitry. J. Comp. Neurol. 522: 1249-1263, 2014.  

Aujla PK, Naratadam GT, Xu L, Raetzman LT. Notch/Rbpjκ signaling regulates differentiation of hypothalamic arcuate neurons. Development. 140: 3511-3521, 2013.


Dr. Manivel RengasamyManivel Rengasamy, MD is currently a postdoctoral scholar in the T32 Child and Adolescent Research TrainingPprogram and serves as a staff psychiatrist for the Ambulatory Practice in the Services for Teens at Risk (STAR/CO-STAR) programs at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. He joined the PRP in 2015. His research centers around the role of cytokines in depression, with an ongoing research study supported by AACAP’s Pilot Research Award. His research was awarded at the national level from the Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine.  He also initiated a quality improvement project at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital involving brief telephone interventions to patients after discharge from inpatient adolescent psychiatric unit.  

"The PRP was integral in providing me the opportunities and mentorship to developing my research career, particularly in being flexible in providing time to pursue my desired research activities."

Selected Publications:

Rengasamy M, McClain L, Gandhi P, Segreti AM, Brent D, Peters D, Pan L. Associations of plasma interleukin-6 with plasma and cerebrospinal fluid monoamine biosynthetic pathway metabolites in treatment-resistant depression. Neurology, Psychiatry and Brain Research. 2018; 30:39-46.

Pan LA, Martin P, Zimmer T, Segreti AM, Kassiff S, McKain BW, Baca CA, Rengasamy M, Hyland K, Walano N, Steinfeld R. Neurometabolic disorders: potentially treatable abnormalities in patients with treatment-refractory depression and suicidal behavior. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2016; 174(1):42-50.

Rengasamy M, Mansoor B, Hilton R, Porta G, He J, Emslie GJ, Mayes T, Clarke GN, Wagner KD, Keller MB, Ryan ND, Birmaher B, Shamseddeen W, Asarnow JR, Brent DA. The bi-directional relationship between parent-child conflict and treatment outcome in treatment-resistant adolescent depression. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2013; 52(4): 370-7.


Dr. Alfredo SklarAlfredo Sklar, MD, PhD worked closely with his mentor, Dean Salisbury, PhD, to conduct research focusing on characterizing impairments in visual processing and selective attention as well as their impact on functional outcomes among individuals with schizophrenia spectrum disorders following their first psychotic break. Work in the Clinical Neurophysiology Research Laboratory has provided him the opportunity to expand his expertise in human multimodal imaging techniques including EEG, MEG, and structural MRI.

Selected Publications:

Hoffman LA, Sklar AL, and Nixon SJ. The Effects of Acute Alcohol on Psychomotor, Set-shifting, and Working Memory Performance in Older Men and Women. Alcohol, 2015; 49(3): 185-191.

Sklar AL and Nixon SJ. Disruption of sensory gating by moderate alcohol doses. Psychopharmacology, 2014; 231(22):4393-4402.

Sklar AL, Boissoneault J, Fillmore MT, Nixon SJ Interactions between age and moderate alcohol effects on simulated driving performance. Psychopharmacologyk, 2014; 231(3): 557-566.