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Cecile Ladouceur, PhD

Cecile Ladouceur, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology

Dr. Cecile Ladouceur received her doctoral degree from the University of Quebec in Montreal. She is a licensed child psychologist with expertise in developmental affective neuroscience. Currently, Dr. Ladouceur is an Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh. She is the Director of the Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience and Development (CAN-D) Laboratory and the Developmental Affective Science Collective (DASC), a group of collaborating researchers at the University of Pittsburgh conducting research on affective disorders and affective development.

Dr. Ladouceur’s research program focuses on the development of brain systems supporting emotion processing and emotion regulation in typically developing children and adolescents as well as those diagnosed with or at-risk for anxiety and mood disorders. She is particularly interested in the effects of puberty on the teen brain as a way to understand risk and resilience for mood disorders. Her lab uses different neuroimaging methods along with measurements of emotion and behavior in the lab and in the real-world. Her research is funded with grants from the National Institutes of Mental Health and the Brain and Behavior Foundation.

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Rasim Diler, MD

Rasim Diler, MD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Dr. Rasim Diler received his medical degree from Istanbul University in Turkey. He is currently the Medical Director of the inpatient Child and Adolescent Bipolar Services (in-CABS) at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Dr. Diler’s research focuses on early detection, treatment, and understanding of what may predict depressive and bipolar disorders in youth. He has successfully used neuroimaging data to predict best treatment options for youths with depression. He enjoys working at mental health community clinics and training colleagues on leading techniques for detecting mood disorders in adolescents.

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Allison Brown, MS

Allison Brown, MS

Research Coordinator

Allison Brown completed her Master of Arts degree in applied social psychology and evaluation at Claremont Graduate University. The focus of her graduate research was observing adolescents’ use of healthy habits. Allison is currently the Research Coordinator for the MBA research study, which is being conducted by the Cognitive-Affective Neuroscience and Development (CAN-D) Lab, a division of UPMC-Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic.

Allison’s research interests include; adolescent social behavior, habits of non-daily smokers, and developing novel ways to treat and prevent adolescent mental health disorders. A few of Allison’s favorite things include; testing new research equipment, facilitating collaboration among research staff, and designing posters showcasing research findings.

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Kate Thurston-Griswold, BA

Kate Thurston-Griswold, BA

Research Associate

Kate Thurston-Griswold received her Bachelor of Arts in psychology from the College of Wooster. Her senior thesis explored the impact of family separation on the mental health and academic performance of children of immigrants. During her undergraduate years, she assisted with research on the other-race effect and worked with the Culture and Mental Health Lab at the University of Southern California to help design educational initiatives and family-based clinical interventions for members of Spanish-speaking Latino communities who struggle with psychosis-related disorders.

Kate’s research and professional interests in psychology center around clinical interventions for adolescents and young adults with affective and anxiety disorders, as well as increasing cultural competence among practicing psychologists so as to help make mental health services more accessible and effective for traditionally under-served populations. She plans to pursue a doctoral degree from a clinical or counseling psychology program and ultimately become a licensed therapist.

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Madeleine Goldberg

Madeleine Goldberg

Research Assistant

Madeleine is a 3rd year undergraduate pursuing a B.S. in Psychology at the University of Pittsburgh and is also pursuing additional statistics and sociology minors. She has previously assisted with research pertaining to conflict resolution and the psychology of apologies. She plans to continue her involvement in the MBA study for the CAN-D Lab through the undergraduate Advanced Directed Research program.

Madeleine’s professional and research interests in psychology include clinical practice and intervention for adolescents with mood disorders, as well as examining environmental and genetic factors influencing familial inheritance of said disorders. She plans to attend a clinical doctoral program and contribute to relevant research after her undergraduate career.

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