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Elizabeth R. Sowell, PhD.

Professor of Pediatrics

Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Division of Research on Children, Youth and Families | Department of Pediatrics
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd., Mailstop #130 | Los Angeles, CA 90027

Ph: 323-361-7347 | Fax: 323.361.7836 |

www.CHLA.org

E-mail: esowell@chla.usc.edu

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE
April 2011 - Present

Professor of Pediatrics

Developmental Cognitive Neuroimaging Laboratory
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

April 2011 - Present

Adjunct Professor, University of California, Los Angeles, Department of Neurology

July 2008 - April 2011

Associate Professor In Residence Step III, 2-year Acceleration

July 2006 – June 2008

Associate Professor In Residence Step I, UCLA Department of Neurology

July 2003 - –2006

Assistant Professor In Residence, UCLA Department of Neurology

Sept 2000 - 2003

Adjunct Assistant Professor, UCLA Department of Neurology

October 2002 - April 2011

Participating faculty, UCLA Center for Culture Brain and Development

1997- 2000

Post-doctoral Fellow UCLA Laboratory of Neuro Imaging

(Supervisor, Arthur Toga, Ph.D.) and Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division (Supervisor, Robert Asarnow, Ph.D.).  Structural and functional neuroimaging studies in normally developing children and in fetal alcohol syndrome and childhood-onset schizophrenia patients. 

1996 – 1997 and
1989 – 1995

Research Assistant: UCSD Brain Image Analysis Laboratory

(Supervisor Terry Jernigan, Ph.D.) Image analyst/neuroanatomist manipulating MR images of the brain, designing imaging studies, analyzing data, and writing manuscripts in developmental studies of normal brain maturation, Down's Syndrome, William's Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, and language impairment.

1988- 1989     

Research assistant. University of California, Irvine Department of Neurology (Supervisor, Arnold Starr, M.D.) Analyzing brain potentials evoked during memory tasks.

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Professional and Governmental Service:

2009 – Present

Pediatric AIDS/HIV Cohort Study (PHACS) Scientific Leadership Group and Behavioral and Neurological Disease Working Group.

Professional Associations:

2000 – Present

Member Society for Neuroscience

2007 – Present

Member Organization for Human Brain Mapping

National Activities:

August 2001

Neuroimaging Panelist: NIAAA Initiative on Prenatal Alcohol Exposure Among American Indians and Alaska Natives: Relationship to SIDS

August 2001

NIMH, Division of Neuroscience and Basic Behavioral Science, Mentored Clinical Neuroscience Workshop

February 2003

NCRR, Site Visitor/Review Panelist at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Neuroimage Analysis Center

June/July 2003

NIBIB Special Emphasis Review Panelist – Improvements in Imaging Methods and Technologies, Bethesda MD.

January 2004

NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Planning the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders

May 2004

NIH Special Panelist: Pediatric Functional Neuroimaging: A Trans-NIH Workshop, Bethesda, MD

December 2004

Ad Hoc Reviewer: NIDA I/START program

June 2005

NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Progress for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. June 23-24, 2005, Santa Barbara, CA.

February 2006

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Progress for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Feb 6 – 7, 2006, NIAAA Bethesda, MD.

May 2006

Keynote Lecture for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. Digital Dynamic Brain Atlases: Imaging Human Brain Development. May 10-11, 2006, Seattle, WA.

July 2006

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Progress for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. July 17 – 18, 2006, NIAAA Bethesda, MD.

September 2006

National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect. Imaging the Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on the Developing Brain. September 26-27, CDC, Atlanta, GA.

May 2007

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD – Renewal for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. May, 2007, Bethesda MD.

July 2007

Ad Hoc Reviewer NIAAA Special Emphasis Panel, Impact of Adolescent Drinking on the Developing Brain, July 18, 2007

June 2008

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD –Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. June, 2008, Bethesda MD.

July 2008

Expert Panelist for NICHD Strategic Planning for the Child Development and Behavior Branch report to Council. The meeting focused on advising Branch leadership regarding funding decisions for the next 4 years. July 8, 2008, Bethesda MD.

November 2008

Expert Panelist for NIDA: Adolescent Development Following Prenatal Drug Exposure: Research Progress, Challenges, and Opportunities, November 20-21, 2008, Bethesda MD.

January 2009

Presentation for NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD –Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. January 2009, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

June 2009

Ad Hoc Reviewer NICHD Special Panel, Pediatric Functional Neuroimaging Research Network. June 26, 2009, Bethesda MD.

December 2009

Ad Hoc Reviewer NIDA Special Panel, Integrating Translational Neuroscience and Adolescent Drug Abuse Treatment. Phone review.

February 2010

Ad Hoc Reviewer NIMH Special Panel, Identification and Characterization of Sensitive Periods for Neurodevelopment in Studies of Mental Illness, February 22 – 23, 2010, Bethesda MD.

March 2010

Committee member, NIAAA workforce on Alcohol Related Neurodevelopmental Disorder (ARND) Diagnosis Planning Group, the goal of determining whether we have sufficient data to propose guidelines for screening and diagnosis of ARND and to make recommendations for inclusion in DSM V, March 22, 2010, Bethesda, MD.

March 2011

NIMH Meeting- Sex Differences in Brain, Behavior, Mental Health and Mental Disorders Bethesda, Maryland, February 28,2011-March 01,2011

July 2012

Expert Panelist for NICHD: Learning Disabilities Innovation Hubs
Bethesda, Maryland, July 27th, 2012

2009-Present

Pediatric AIDS/HIV Cohort Study (PHACS) Scientific Leadership Group and Behavioral and Neurological Disease Working Group

EDUCATION

B.A.     University of California, Irvine, 1987 (Major, Psychology1983 – 1987)

Ph.D.   San Diego State University/University of California San Diego, Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology,1997 (Neuropsychology, 1991 ‑ 1997).
Terry L. Jernigan, Ph.D. Mentor

Clinical internship at the University of Florida, Gainesville, Neuropsychology track (1995- 1996)

TEACHING AND MENTORING
  • Dissertation Committee
  • UCLA Graduates
  • Primary Mentor
  • Courses Taught

January 2004

Janelle Taylor, UCLA IDP Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
(Superior temporal gyrus differences in childhood-onset schizophrenia)

 

June 2005

Suzanne Welcome, UC Riverside Ph.D. Program in Neuroscience
Correlations between individual differences in phonological processing and brain anatomy.  (2008 – present, postdoctoral fellow)

January 2006 - 2009

Kristin McNealy  Neural Bases of Language Learning During Childhood
E. Sowell co-sponsor NRSA Fellowship
(Neuroscience Ph.D. Program)
2009:  Postdoctoral Fellow, Duke University

Jacqueline Bennett

2010 UCLA doctoral student in the Urban Schooling division of the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies.
Research Project: Measuring the effects of teaching for transfer and learning through drama on reading recall and comprehension using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Center for Culture Brain and Development Predoctoral Fellowship Awardee.

Rebecca Blanton

Pediatric Neuroimaging and Developmental Disorders
(Neuroscience Ph.D. Program)
2008 Research Scientist at USC

Katherine Narr

Brain Mapping in Schizophrenia
(Neuroscience Ph.D. Program)
2008 Assistant Professor of Neurology at UCLA

David Rex

Encoding and Analyzing Stereotaxic Variation of Human Brain Function (MD/Ph.D., MSTP/Neuroscience Ph.D. program)
2008 Residency in Radiology at Stanford University

Brendesh Tynes

Psychological Studies in Education,
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies
Adolescent Brain Development (independent study)
E. Sowell directed independent study for completion of “Brain” requirement for CBD certification.
2008 Assistant Professor of Education, University of Illinois at Urbaba-Champaign

Ashley Scott

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Fall 2005.

Elizabeth Reynolds

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Winter 2007

Angie Morales

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Winter 2008

Florence Roussotte

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Winter 2008

Anna Parievsky

UCLA IDP in Neuroscience
Formal rotation in Sowell Laboratory, Winter 2009

 

UCLA Postdoctoral Fellows Mentored:

Natasha Lepore

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow

Katherine Narr

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow.  Brain Mapping in Schizophrenia.  2008 Assistant Professor of Neurology, UCLA

Kristi Clark, Ph.D.

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Postdoctoral Fellow. 

 

(SRP/199): Number of publications shown for each undergraduate student shown in parenthesis

Jessie Chen

Functional magnetic resonance image analysis, 2008-09
2009-2010 199 student. 
UCLA Undergraduate Research Scholar program (URSP) award for 2009-2010

Patrick Lu

Functional magnetic resonance image analysis, 2008-09

Rajneesh Batth
(4 years)

MRI of normal brain development (4)
UCLA Dental School Graduate

Jennifer Hranilovich
(2 years)

Hormonal impact on adolescent brain development (2)
Honors thesis, 2009
UCLA Undergraduate Research Center/Center for Academic Research Excellence Travel Grant, April 2009
Council on Undergraduate Research Biology Travel Award, April 2009.  May 2009 UCLA Dean’s Prize for excellence in undergraduate research.

Sona Babakchanian

Corpus callosum abnormalities in prenatal Methamphetamine (1)

David Kornsand
(2 years)

MRI in fetal alcohol syndrome (4)
USC Medical School Graduate

Yoram Kohanzadeh
(1 year)

MRI in normal and FAS children

Erin Lobo
(4 years)

MRI of gender differences in children (1)
Dental School Graduate

Shoba Narayan
(1 year)           

MRI in normal and FAS children (1)
UCLA Medical School Graduate

Ambika Malwah
(2 years)

MRI in normal brain development (1)

Eric Pham
(1 year)

MRI in children with ADHD, OCD, and Tourettes


September 2010

Yaling Yang, Ph.D.
University of Southern California (2008)
Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Adrain Raine, Mentor.
Structural brain abnormalites in psychopaths and pathological liars. fMRI on deception.

September 2010 -

Catherine Lebel, Ph.D.
University of Alberta, Edmonton, AB, Ph.D. (July 2010)
Thesis: Diffusion tensor magnetic resonance imaging of human brain development Supervisor: Dr. Christian Beaulieu

June 2008 -

Florence Rousotte,
UCLA IDP Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
Awarded “One of the top ranked abstracts for Human Brain Mapping” Conference, Barcelona Spain, 2010.

June 2003 - June 2008

Elizabeth D. O’Hare
UCLA IDP Neuroscience Ph.D. Program
(Mapping Cerebellar Structure and Function in Normal Development)
NRSA Predoctoral Award Recipient, NIAAA, F31AA016039, Frontal-Cerebellar Development Assessed with MRI & fMRI, 9/06 – 5/08.  Predoctoral Awardee, American Women In Science (AWIS), 2008.
2008 Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley

October 2004 -July 2007

Lisa Lu, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
(Mapping Language Function In Normally Developing Children)
2007:  Assistant Professor of Psychology, Roosevelt University, Chicago Illinois

June 2007 -

John Colby
UCLA Medical Scientist Training MD/Ph.D. Program, UCLA Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. Program. 

June 2007 – May 2010

Christopher Nunez, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow
May 2010:  Assistant Clinical Professor, UCLA Dept. of Psychiatry

January 2008- 2009

Jennifer Bramen, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Fellow

February 2009 -

Jennifer Bramen, Ph.D.
Assistant Research Neuroscientist
UCLA Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
NIDA Travel Award for Jackson Laboratory Short Course in Mammalian Genetics, 2009

Spring 2004

Psychology 247: Adolescence. Integrative Seminar for the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development.  E. Sowell, course Instructor.

Winter 2006

Neuroscience C172-CM272: Neuroimaging and Brain Mapping, E. Sowell, course co-instructor.

Winter 2008

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2009

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2009

UCLA Psychiatry 434  Seminars in Addiction PsychiatryGuest instructor, March 9, 2009. Imaging the developing human brain and the effects of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse.

Winter 2009

UCLA Neuroscience 191B:   Introduction to Human Brain Mapping with fMRI (Neuroscience Inter-Departmental Program).  Guest instructor, March 11, 2009.  Imaging human brain development.

Winter 2010

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2011

Physiological Science 191H, Undergraduate Honors Class.Sowell, course co-instructor

COURSES TAUGHT

Spring 2004

Psychology 247: Adolescence. Integrative Seminar for the FPR-UCLA Center for Culture, Brain and Development.  E. Sowell, course Instructor.

Winter 2006

Neuroscience C172-CM272: Neuroimaging and Brain Mapping, E. Sowell, course co-instructor.

Winter 2008

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2009

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2009

UCLA Psychiatry 434  Seminars in Addiction PsychiatryGuest instructor, March 9, 2009. Imaging the developing human brain and the effects of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse.

Winter 2009

UCLA Neuroscience 191B:   Introduction to Human Brain Mapping with fMRI (Neuroscience Inter-Departmental Program).  Guest instructor, March 11, 2009.  Imaging human brain development.

Winter 2010

Medical Neuroscience II, HBD408Sowell, course co-instructor

Winter 2011

Physiological Science 191H, Undergraduate Honors Class.Sowell, course co-instructor

ACADEMIC COMMITTEE SERVICE

1998 to present

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Resource Collaborator
Selection committee

2000 to present

Laboratory of Neuro Imaging Resource Data Base Committee

2004 to 2006

Center for Culture Brain and Development (Department of Psychology), Education Committee

2004 to present

Department of Neurology, Education Committee

2006 to present

Center for Culture Brain and Development (Department of Psychology), Fellowship Committee

2006 to present

Neuroscience IDP Administrative Committee. This Committee makes all the final decisions concerning policy for the IDP.

2006 to present

Neuroscience IDP Student Advising Committee. The Committee members are assigned several first year incoming students to advise.

Fall 2006

Department of Neurology Retreat Planning Committee:  Science Day

2006 to present

Department of Neurology Graduate Education Committee member

2006 to present

Department of Neurology IT Committee member

2009 to present

Neuroscience IDP Awards Committee. This Committee makes all the final decisions for the Kavan and Eiudison awards for excellence in research among Ph.D. students in the Neuroscience IDP program at UCLA.

2012

Member, The Saban Research Institute  Symposium Steering Committee, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

2012

Member, The Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute, University of Southern California

2012 - Present

Member, the Saban Research Institute Cores Committee, University of Southern California

2012

Member, the Search Committee for the Director of Clinical and Translational Research and Associate Director of the Saban Research Institute, University of Southern California

2012 - Present

Member, the Search Committee for the Director of the Institute for the Developing Mind, University of Southern California

2012

Member, The Saban Resesarch Institute Search Committee for the Associate Director of Clinical Research, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS

Distinguished

Imaging human brain development: Impact of Alcohol. Imaging the Effects of Development and Adolescent Alcohol Exposure in Human and Animal Models The Society of Biological Psychiatry’s 68th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA, May 18, 2013.

5th International Conference on FASD: Research, Results and Relevance: Integrating Research Policy, and Promising Practice around the World. Vancouver, BC, Canada, Feb 27-March 2, 2013

The Developing Mind, Imaging The Human Brain Building Itself During Childhood and Adolescence, The Saban Research Institute Annual Symposium-Developmental Origins of Health and Disease, Los Angeles, CA, December 14, 2012.

Troubled Teen 101: Topics of Adolescent Psychiatry,  The 2012 American Society of Health-System Pharmacists Midyear Meeting & Exhibition,  Las Vegas, NV, December 5, 2012.


Multimodal Neuroimaging Tools for Assessment of Brain Development, USC Diabetes & Obesity Research Institute (DORI) Seminar, Los Angeles, CA, November 2, 2012.

Multimodal Imaging of "Plasticity and Efficiency" Trade-offs in the Developing Human brain: Findings from Longitudinal Studies, UCLA Department of Psychology Developmental Forum, Los Angeles, CA, October 19, 2012.

Multimodal Imaging of "Plasticity and Efficiency" Trade-offs in the Developing Human brain: Findings from Longitudinal Studies, The International Normal Aging and Plasticity Imaging Center 2012 Fall Workshop. Zurich, Switzerland, September 15, 2012.

Brain Development, The Symposium on Child Trauma in the Public Sector. Chicago, Illinois, May 31-June 1, 2012.

Department of Pediatrics, Grand Rounds, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California,  Imaging the Developing Human Brain and the Impact of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, October 8, 2010.

American Psychological Association 2010 Annual Meeting, Imaging the typically developing human brain and the impact of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse, San Diego, CA, August 12, 2010.

Research Society on Alcohol 2010 Annual Meeting, Multi-Site Multimodal Neuroimaging in FASDS: Neurobehavioral and Facial Morphology Correlates, San Antonia, TX, June 27, 2010.

Lecture, Center for the Study of Human Cognition, University of Oslo, Norway, June 4, 2010.

Imaging the Developing Human Brain and the Impact of Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, Columbia University PANDA Symposium on Anesthesia and Neurodevelopment in Children, New York, NY, May 8, 2010.

PHACS: Multi-site Brain Imaging Proposal, Pediatric HIV/Aids Cohort Study (PHACS) Phase II planning meeting, Bethesda, MD, April 22, 2010.

Imaging the developing human brain during adolescence, The capital defense case seminar: a conference for lawyers who represent individuals charged with capital crimes, Monterey, CA, February 13, 2010.

Imaging the developing human brain and the impact of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse UCLA Brain Mapping Seminar,  January 21, 2010.

Multi-site Imaging Studies:  the Developing Human Brain and the Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse Pediatric HIV/Aids Cohort Study (PHACS) working group meeting, Bethesda, MD, November 7, 2009.

Multimodal brain imaging in development and the impact of prenatal exposure to drugs of abuse, UCLA Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center Annual Retreat, October 3, 2009.

Mapping White Matter Development and the Impact of White Matter Injury, The Second Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies in Santa Barbara, September 7-11, 2009.

Brain Development and the Impact of Traumatic Brain Injury, Second Joint Symposium of the International and National Neurotrauma Societies, Santa Barbara, September 8, 2009.

UCLA Neurogenetics Affinity Group, Imaging the Developing Brain in Children with Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, June 4, 2009.

Imaging the Developing Brain in Children with Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, UCLA Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds, June 2, 2009.

Imaging the Developing Brain in Health and in Children with Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, UCLA Neurogenetics Affinity Group, May 25, 2009.

Imaging the Developing Human Brain and the Effects of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs of Abuse, Joint Hawaii Addiction conference and NIDA’s AAPI Workgroup Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, May 11-12, 2009.

Computational Neuroanatomy: Applications, UCLA M M285 Principles of Neuroimaging –B fMRI, April 29, 2009.

Neuroimaging and Prenatal Drug Exposure: Current Findings and Future Directions, NIDA Symposium:  Adolescent Development Following Prenatal Drug Exposure: Research Progress, Challenges and Opportunities, Bethesda, MD November 20-21, 2008.

Brain Imaging in Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, INSERM/NIAAA Symposium IV, Invitation from the Director of NIAAA, T.K. Li, for this special symposium to establish collaborative research between French and US investigators, Paris, France, October 3, 2008.

Mapping Plastic Changes in Brain Structure and Function During the Childhood Years, 8th Annual University of California Neurotrauma Meeting in Santa Barbara, September 23-25, 2007. 

UCLA Advanced Neuroimaging Summer School, UCLA, August 16, 2007.

Imaging the Developing Human Brian, University of North Carolina Neuroscience Center Seminar Series, May 9, 2007.

Imaging the Impact of Prenatal Alcohol Exposure on the Developing Brain, National Task Force on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome and Fetal Alcohol Effect, Centers for Disease Control, Atlanta, GA, September 26-27, 2006.

Progress for the Consortium for the study of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders, NIAAA Meeting of the CIFASD, Bethesda, MD, July 17 – 18, 2006.

Keynote Lecture for the International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.  Digital Dynamic Brain Atlases:  Imaging Human Brain Development. Seattle, WA, May 10-11, 2006.




Chris Nunez, Ph.D.

Faculty

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:


 

 


John Colby Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow, UCLA Medical Scientist Training Program

RESEARCH

Focusing on problems at the interface of science, engineering, and medicine.

Dissertation research involves several components: 1) The development of novel diffusion MRI analysis methodologies for investigating white matter connections in the human brain (engineering), 2) Studying the relationship between white matter maturation in the frontal lobe and executive functioning advancements during typical development (neuroscience), and 3) Investigating the ways this relationship is affected in the context of fetal alcohol exposure (medical application).

EDUCATION

MD/PhD student in the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Neurology at UCLA.

Undergraduate Bioengineering at UC San Diego

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Biodefense Industry as an Algorithms Engineer at SAIC

 

Prapti Gautam, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

 

Graduate:

 

Honors:

 

 

 

Megan Herting, PHD

Post Doctoral Fellow

Megan Herting is a postdoctoral research fellow in DCNL. Megan has been trained in structural MRI, task-based and resting-state functional MRI, as well as diffusion tensor imaging. She applies these techniques to furthering our understanding of adolescent brain development. Specifically, Megan’s PhD research examined how genetic-risk and environment relate to brain and behavior in adolescents. Megan is currently expanding on these interests aswell as studying how other biological changes that occur during adolescence, such as puberty, impact brain development in boys and girls.

PUBLICATIONS
  • Peer-Reviewed Publications
  • In Preparation/Submitted for Publication
  • Book chapters/Presentations
  • Abstracts
  • Research papers:
    1.   Markham, J.A., Herting, M.M., Luszpak, A.E., Jurasak, J.M., Greenough, W.T. (2009) Myelination of the corpus callosum in male and female rats following complex environment housing during adulthood. Brain Research. Vol. 1288(8): 9-17.  PMID: 19596280 PMCID: PMC2737079

    2.   Herting, M.M., Schwartz, D., Mitchell, S.H., Nagel, B.J. (2010) Delay discounting and white matter microstructure abnormalities in youth at-risk for alcoholism. Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research.  Vol. 34(9): 1590-1602. PMID: 20586754 PMCID: PMC3206791

    3.   Herting, M.M., Fair, D., Nagel, B.J. (2011) Altered fronto-cerebellar circuitry in alcohol-naïve youth with a family history of alcoholism. NeuroImage. Vol. 54(4): 2582-2589. PMID: 20970506 PMCID: PMC3150517

    4.   Nagel, B.J., Bathula, D., Herting, M., Fair, D., Nigg, J. (2011) Altered White Matter Microstructure in Children with Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Vol. 50(3): 283-292. PMID: 21334568 PMCID: PMC3150529

    5.   Cservenka, A., Herting, M.M., Nagel, B.J. (2012) Atypical frontal lobe activity during verbal working memory in youth with a family history of alcoholism. Drug and Alcohol Dependence. Vol. 123(1-3): 98-104. PMID: 22088655 PMCID: PMC3294260

    6.   Herting, M.M., Maxwell, E., Irvine, C. and Nagel, B.J.(2012) Sex, Puberty, and Hormones Relate to White Matter Microstructure in Adolescents. Cerebral Cortex. Vol. 22(9): 1979-1992. PMID: 22002939 PMCID: PMC3412439

    7.   Herting, M.M. and Nagel, B.J. (2012) Aerobic fitness relates to learning on a virtual morris water task and hippocampal volume in adolescents. Behavioural Brain Research. Vol. 233(2):517-525. PMID: 22610054 PMCID: PMC3403721

    8.   Cservenka, A., Herting, M.M., Mackiewicz Seghete, K.L., Nagel, B.J. (2012) High and low sensation seeking adolescents show distinct patterns of brain activity during reward processing. NeuroImage. Vol. 66C: 184-193. PMID: 23142276 PMCID: PMC3604176

    9.   Mackiewicz Seghete, K.L., Cservenka, A., Herting, M.M., Nagel, B.J. (2013) Alterations in spatial working memory specific and task general brain regions in substance-naïve youth with a family history of alcoholism. Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. Vol. 37(3): 390-398. PMID: 23078615 PMCID: PMC3556373

    10. Herting, M.M. and Nagel, B.J.(Accepted)Differences in brain activity during a verbal associative memory-encoding task in high and low-fit adolescents. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience. Vol. 25(4): 595-612. PMID: 23249350 PMCID: In process

    11. Nagel, B.J., Herting, M.M., Maxwell, E., Bruno, R., Fair, D. (2013) Hemispheric lateralization of verbal and spatial working memory during adolescence. Brain and Cognition. 82(1): 58-68. PMID: 23511846 PMCID: In process

  • UNDER REVIEW:

    1. Herting, M.M., Colby, J.B., Sowell, E.R., Nagel, B.J. White matter connectivity and aerobic fitness in male adolescents.

    IN PREPARATION:

    Peraza, J., Cservenka, A., Herting, M.M., Nagel, B.J. Over-activation in emotion regulating brain regions among youth with a family history of alcoholism.

    1. Herting, M.M., Uban, K., Gautnam, P., Dahl, R.E., Sowell, E.R. Longitudinal changes in subcortical brain development in adolescence: sex matters.

    1. Herting, M.M., Cservenka, A., Sasse, S.A., Fair, D.A. and Nagel, B.J. The hippocampus continues to integrate into the default network between early to mid-adolescence.

     

  • BOOK CHAPTERS:

    Nagel, B.J., Herting, M.M., Cservenka, A. Chapter 7: Working Memory and Addictive Behavior,”  in Working memory: The Connected Intelligence, Editors: Alloway, T.P. and Alloway, R.G.Frontiers in Cognitive Psychology, In Press.

    PRESENTATIONS:

    1. Differences in brain activity during a verbal associative memory-encoding task in high and low-active adolescents (May, 2012). Oregon Health & Science University’s Research Week.

    1. Atypical default network connectivity in youth with a family history of alcoholism (September, 2011). NIAAA Training Directors Meeting and Trainee Workshop.

    1. K.A. Uban; M.M. Herting; E.R. Sowell.ex hormones and white matter microstructure in adolescents (June, 2010). Invited presentation for Oregon Health & Science, Advanced Imaging Research Center’s Operators Meeting.

    1. Atypical fronto-cerebellar connectivity in the brains of youth at risk for alcoholism (May, 2010). Oregon Health & Science University Student Research Forum.

    1. Impulsivity and white matter microstructure abnormalities in youth with a family history of alcohol and substance abuse (January, 2009). Invited presentation for NIDA/NIAAA Annual Retreat.

    1. Changes in white matter integrity across adolescence using Tract Based Spatial Statistics (February, 2008). Invited presentation for NIDA/NIAAA Annual Retreat.

     

  • Herting, M.M., Dahl, R.E., Forbes, E.E., Sowell, E.R. Puberty related subcortical maturation across adolescence:  a longitudinal MRI study. To be presented at Human Brain Mapping Annual Meeting, Seattle, WA.

  1. Uban, K.A., Herting, M.M., Sowell, E.R. Sexually dimorphic alterations in structural connectivity in youth with a fetal alcohol spectrum disorder. Poster to be presented by K.A. Uban at Research Society on Alcoholism.

 

  1. Herting, M.M., Hudson, K. and Nagel, B.J. (October, 2012) Aerobic exercise relates to parahippocampal white matter integrity in youth. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Program Number 693.04. Abstract Viewer/Neuroscience Meeting Planner. New Orleans, LA: Society for Neuroscience, 2012. Online.

  1. Alarcón, G., Cservenka, A., Mackiewicz Seghete K., Herting, M.M. and Nagel, B.J. (October, 2012) Sex differences in blood oxygen level-dependent (BOLD) activation during spatial working memory in a sample of healthy adolescents. To be presented by G. Alarcón at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, New Orleans, LA. Program Number 99.11. Abstract Viewer/Neuroscience Meeting Planner. New Orleans, LA: Society for Neuroscience, 2012. Online.

 

  1. Nagel, B.J., Cservenka, A., Stroup, M., Mackiewicz Seghete, K., Herting, M.M. and Fair, D. (October, 2012) Functional Connectivity of the Amygdala Across Adolescence. To be presented by B.J. Nagel at American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  1. Cservenka, A., Herting, M.M. and Nagel, B.J. (June, 2012) High and low sensation seeking youth show distinct patterns of brain activity during reward processing. Presented by A. Cservenka at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

 

  1. Herting, M.M. and Nagel, B.J. (April, 2012) Differences in brain activity during a verbal associative memory encoding task in high and low-active adolescents. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

  1. Waldman, J.S. Herting, M.M., Li, S.T. and Nagel, B.J. (April, 2012) White matter microstructure predicts performance on a modified version of the PASAT in an adolescent population. Presented by J.S. Waldman at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

 

  1. Stroup, M.L., Mackiewicz Seghete, K. L., Sasse, S.F., Herting, M.M. and Nagel, B.J. (April, 2012) Pubertal differences in the neural substrates of cognitive control during adolescence. Presented by M.L. Stroup at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.


  1. Mackiewicz Seghete, K.L., Herting, M.M. and Nagel, B.J. (April, 2012) White matter microsctructure and cognitive control in a developmental sample. Presented by K.L. Mackiewicz Seghete at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

 

  1. Waldman, J.S., Herting, M.M., Stroup, M.L., Li, S.T. and Nagel, B.J. (February, 2012) The PASAT: A sensitive measure of inhibition, attention, and working memory in adolescents. Presented by J.S. Waldman at International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.


  1. Peraza, J., Cservenka, A., Herting, M.M. and Nagel, B.J. (February, 2012) Over-activation in emotion regulating brain regions among youth with a family history of alcoholism. Presented by J. Peraza at International Neuropsychological Society Annual Meeting, Montreal, Canada.

 

  1. Herting, M.M., Fair, D.A. and Nagel, B.J. (November, 2011) Functional connectivity between the anterior-posterior axis of the hippocampus and other brain networks in adolescents. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Washington D.C. Program Number 94.12. Abstract Viewer/Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, 2011. Online.

  1. Herting, M.M., Alavi, S.M., Sasse, S.F., Cservenka, A., Mills, K.A., Fair, D.A. and Nagel, B.J. (April, 2011) The hippocampus continues to integrate into the default mode network from early to mid-adolescence. Poster presented at Society for Neuroscience- Oregon Chapter Annual Meeting, McMinnville, OR.

  1. Stroup, M.L., Cservenka, A., Herting, M.M., Fair, D.A. and Nagel, B.J. (June, 2011) Altered amygdalar functional connectivity in youth with a family history of alcoholism. Poster presented by A. Cservenka at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.

  1. Herting, M., Maxwell, E., Irvine, C., Nagel B. (November, 2010) Sex hormones and white matter microstructure in adolescents. Presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA. Program Number 302.8. Abstract Viewer/Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2010. Online.

 

  1. Herting, M., Fair, D. and Nagel B. (June, 2010) Abnormal fronto-cerebellar connectivity and associated white matter in youth with a high-risk for alcoholism. Poster presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting, San Antonio, TX.


  1. Herting, M.M., Blythe, M., Cservenka, A., Irvine, C., Fair, D., Nagel, B. (October, 2009) Altered fronto-cerebellar functional connectivity in youth with a high-risk for alcoholism. Presented at the Society for Neuroscience Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL. Program Number 474.4. Abstract Viewer/Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Chicago, IL: Society for Neuroscience, 2009. Online.

 

  1. Herting, M. and Nagel, B. (June, 2009) Microstructural White Matter Abnormalities in Youth with a Family History of Alcoholism. Presented at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

  1. Nagel, B.J., Herting, M., Bruno, R. (June, 2009) The Neural Substrates of Reward-Based Decision Making in Youth with Family History of Alcohol Use Disorders. Talk presented by Nagel, B.J. at the Research Society on Alcoholism Annual Meeting, San Diego, CA.

 

  1. Herting, M., Fair, D., Bruno, R., Nagel, B.J. (March, 2009) Hemispheric lateralization of verbal and spatial working memory exists in developing youth. Presented at the Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  1. Fonareva, I., Zajdel, D., Herting, M., McGee, W., Oken, B. (March, 2009) Cognitive processes in older adults: potential impact of stress and physiological functioning. Cognitive Neuroscience Society Annual meeting, San Francisco, CA.

  1. Greenough, W.T., Markham, J.A., Herting, M.M., Vanderjak, S.L. (November, 2007) Increasing familiarization with the testing environment mitigates cognitive deficit in a mouse model of fragile X mental retardation syndrome. Program Number 969.12. Abstract Viewer/Neuroscience Meeting Planner. San Diego, CA: Society for Neuroscience, 2007. Online.

 

  1. Li, T.C., Markham, J.A., Herting, M.M., Juraska, J.M., Greenough, W.T. (October, 2006) Callosal myelination following complex environment in male and female rats. Presented at the annual meeting of Society for Neuroscience, Atlanta, GA. Program Number 9308. Abstract Viewer/Neuroscience Meeting Planner. Atlanta, GA: Society for Neuroscience, 2006. Online.
EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

2007 – 2012 Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU), Portland, OR; Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience; Preceptor: Bonnie J. Nagel, Ph.D.  

Graduate:

2003 – 2007 University of Illinois -- Urbana-Champaign, IL; B.S. in Psychology with Honors; Advisors: William T. Greenough, Ph.D. & Julie A. Markham, Ph.D.

 


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Florence Roussotte, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

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Kristina Uban, Ph.D.

Post Doctoral Fellow

Kristina Uban is very excited to be joining this fabulous research team at CHLA this year! Kristina was the Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year in 2006 from the University of Colorado at Denver while completing her masters degree in Clinical Psychology.  During her PhD training in Behavioural Neuroscience at the University of British Columbia, Kristina completed a trainee fellowship with IMPART (Integrated Mental health Perspective in Addiction Research Training) with the Vancouver Centre of Excellence for Women’s Health.  Kristina’s PhD research examined the effects of prenatal environment, specifically prenatal alcohol exposure, on long lasting neurobiological alterations.  Specifically, Kristina focused on the interaction between stress and dopamine systems in the brain, and how this may differ in individuals with an fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD), and how these neurobiological alterations may contribute to vulnerability to substance use problems later in life.  Kristina’s dissertation research earned her recognition with the FASD Study Group, and she was the recipient of the Student Merit Award in 2011.

PUBLICATIONS
  • Refereed Articles
  • In Preparation/Submitted for Publication
  • Book chapters/Contributions to a Collective Work
  • Allen R.A., Uban K. A., Atwood E. M., Albeck D. S. & Yamamoto D.J. (2007).  Continuous intracerebroventricular infusion of the competitive NMDA receptor antagonist, LY235959, facilitates escalation of cocaine self-administration and increases break point for cocaine in Sprague-Dawley rats. Pharmacology Biochemistry Behavior. Vol. 88(1): 82-88.

  • Galea L. A. M., Uban K. A., Epp J. R., Brummelte S., Barha C. K., Wilson W. L., Lieblich S. E. & Pawluski J. L. (2008). Endocrine regulation of cognition and neuroplasticity: our pursuit to unveil the complex interaction between hormones, the brain, and behaviour.  Canadian Journal of Experimental Psychology. Vol. 62(4): 247-260. Invited review.

  • Nettles C., Benotsch E. G. & Uban K.A. (2009). Sexual risk behaviors among men who have sex with men using erectile dysfunction medications. AIDS Patient Care and STDs. Vol. 23(12): 1017-1023. 

  • Uban, K. A., Sliwowska, J. H., Lieblich, S., Ellis, L. A., Yu, W. K., Weinberg, J. & Galea, L. A. M. (2010).  Prenatal alcohol exposure reduces the proportion of newly produced neurons and glia in the dentate gyrus of the hippocampus in female rats. Hormones and Behavior. Vol. 58(5): 835-843.

  • Uban, K. A., Rummel J., Floresco S. B., Galea L.A.M. (2012).Estradiol modulates effort-based decision making in female rats.  Neuropsychopharmacology. Vol. 37: 390-401.
  • Uban K. A., Comeau W. L., Ellis L. A., Galea, L. A. M. & Weinberg, J. (submitted).  Stress-induced plasticity of neuroendocrine and dopamine systems is altered differentially by prenatal alcohol exposure in males and females.

  • Uban K. A., Yu, W., Weinberg J., & Galea L.A.M. (in prep).  Prenatal alcohol exposure accelerates sensitization to amphetamine, and alters cross-sensitization with stress in females and males.

  • Uban K. A., Kitay N., Ellis, L. A., Galea, L. A. M. & Weinberg, J. (in prep). Prenatal alcohol exposure alters drug-induced brain activation differentially in males and females.
  • Uban K. A., Bodnar T., Butts K., Sliwowska J.H. , Comeau W.E. & Weinberg J. (2010).  Direct and indirect mechanisms of alcohol teratogenesis: Implications for understanding alterations in brain and behaviour in FASD. In: Riley, E.P., Clarren, S., Weinberg, J. & Johnson, E. (Eds). Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders.   A Health Policy Perspective. Weinheim, Germany, Wiley-VCH Verlag Gmbh & Co KGaA. 

  • Comeau W.E., Bodnar T., Uban K.A., Lam V., Stepien K. & Weinberg J. (2011).Methodological considerations for animal models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder.  In: Humana Press Neuromethods Text: Animal Models of Developmental Disability.

  • Comeau W.E., Uban K.A., Bodnar T., Lam V., Stepien K. & Weinberg J. (in prep for review article).  Animal models of fetal alcohol spectrum disorder: a spectrum of behavioural, cognitive, neurobiological effects and beyond.

 

EDUCATION

Graduate:

University of Colorado at Denver, Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology

University of British Columbia, PhD Behavioural Neuroscience

Honors:

University of Colorado at Denver, Outstanding Graduate Student of the Year in 2006

FASD Study Group, Student Merit Award in 2011

 

 

 

Tatevik Abaryan

Graduate Student

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Salar Assadian

Graduate Student

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Suzanne Houston

Graduate Student

PROJECTS

Brain development

Pre-natal exposure to alcohol and methamphetamine

EDUCATION

MA, Psychology, New York University

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Neuropsychological Research Coordinator, The Mount Sinai Hospital

Research Assistant, New York University, Child Study Center Research Brain Development

 

Lindsay E. Soderberg

Project Coordinator

PROJECTS

 

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

Santa Clara University B.S. Biology, minor Spanish

 

 

KIRSTEN LYNCH

KIRSTEN LYNCH

Staff Research Associate

PROJECTS

Completing neuropsychological tests and brain imaging with children under study

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

Brown University in Providence, RI.

Education Title:

BS - Neuroscience

Honors:

Graduated with Honors

Thesis

The Impact of Arginine Vasopressin in Traumatic Brain Injury

Previously conducted laboratory and clinical research at Rhode Island Hospital and Women & Infants' Hospital in Providence, RI.

Max Orozco

Staff Research Associate

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Genevieve Rodriguez

Staff Research Associate

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Eric Kan

Data Systems Manager

PROJECTS

Development in normal individuals and diseased populations

 

EDUCATION

B.S. Cognitive Science with specialization in Clinical aspect of Cognitive Science, UCSD

Research:
Brain development

Skills:
Tissue registration and segmentation
Sulcal and Medial lines

Zvart Abaryan

Post Doctoral Fellow

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Mei Hoong

Program Manager

EDUCATION

Mathematics/Applied Science, BS
Statistics, Minor

Jeremiah Jolley

Staff Research Associate I

Volunteer work in Ecuador.
Conservation work and education of the local population

Lisa Lu

Post Doc

Currently Assistant Professor of Psychology,
Roosevelt, Chicago

Sarah McCourt

Staff Research Associate I

Volunteer work in Africa. AIDS education/prevention

Suzanne Welcome

Staff Research Associate I

Moved on to Neuroscience graduate program at UC Riverside

June Yoshii

Staff Research Associate I

Moved on to Medical School

 

Research Associates
Researchers
Kevin Tessner
Amy Henkenius
Arianne Johnson
Lorna Quandt
Anna Lee
Ariel Ballinger
Carly Rosso
Kimberly Welcomes
Jessie Chen
Sophia Vinci-Booher

Postdoctoral
Jennifer Bramen
Graduate Student Researcher
Elizabeth O’Hare


Catherine Lebel, PHD

Dr. Catherine Lebel, PhD
Assistant Professor
UNIVERSITY OF CALGARY

Former Post Doctoral Fellow

PROJECTS

Structural and functional imaging of brain development in typically-developing children
Structural and functional imaging of subjects with prenatal alcohol and/or drug exposure

EDUCATION

Under Graduate:

University of Western Ontario, BSc Medical Biophysics

Graduate:

University of Alberta, PhD Medical Sciences, Biomedical Engineering

Honors:

ISMRM Junior Fellow, 2010
Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research studentship 2009-2010
Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council studentship 2005-2009