The CAD lab seeks to identify and understand the manner in which brain connections become disturbed in pathological anxiety (e.g., PTSD, worry) and mood (e.g., depression, bipolar), with a particular focus on the circuitry supporting two processes central to pursuing goals – motivation and executive function. We examine these circuit in both healthy and at-risk (e.g., combat Veterans) adults and adolescents. The aim of our developmental work is to identify neuromaturational changes that give rise to the increased risk for psychopathology observed in adolescence. In this work, we are particularly interested in the contribution of pubertal factors (e.g., testosterone) and how related individual differences may place children at greater risk for pathology. See the Research page for more detail.
Below is a great video about some aspects of our work!