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August 2021:

  • Congratulations to PhD student Samantha Pegg who was awarded an NRSA F31 Predoctoral Fellowship from NIMH “Neurophysiological Reward Responsiveness, Stress, and Depressive Symptoms across the Peripartum Period”

July 2021:

  • Congrats to neuroscience PhD student Resh Gupta for successfully defending her dissertation! Her project examined neural and behavioral markers of attention bias before and after mindfulness-based cognitive therapy for anxiety. More details on her findings coming soon.

March 20, 2021:

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May 15, 2020:

  • We were awarded a new NIH grant with our friends in the SEA Lab to study predictors of peripartum depression across pregnancy! More details on this exciting project coming soon.

May 8, 2020:

  • Congrats to our MED Lab graduating class of 2020: Maya Jackson, Rachel Lichtenfeld, Sophia Kekes-Szabo, and Michael West
  • Maya Jackson was selected for the Willis D. Hawley Award and Michael West was awarded the Excellence in Cognitive Studies Award! We are so proud of our MED Lab graduates.
  • Also, congrats to Sam Pegg, who was selected for the Barbara Strudler Wallston Memorial Award for the most notable graduate student first-authored paper on gender or health!

April 28, 2020:

  • To read our recent review paper in press in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, check out this link.

March 19, 2020:

  • Emili was selected for the Ford Foundation predoctoral fellowship program. Congrats, Emili!
  • Check out Dr. Kujawa’s op-ed on social connection while social distancing here

March 11, 2020:

  • We were awarded a grant by the Vanderbilt Kennedy Center. See more details here! This is a collaborative study with VU SEA Lab

February 10, 2020:

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August 12, 2019:

August 1, 2019:

  • Look for us at the Society for Research in Psychopathology poster sessions in Buffalo this fall! Emili Cardenas, Lindsay Dickey, Haley Green, Hee Jung Jeong, and Samantha Pegg will be sharing exciting new data from our lab. Looking forward to a great conference!

February 27, 2019:

  • Our lab is very excited to present our work at the Anxiety and Depression Association of America Conference in March. Sam will be presenting her poster entitled Distinct Dimensions of Mood Symptoms Associated with Altered Social Reward Processing in Clinically Depressed Adolescents, and Autumn will be presenting our work on predictors of treatment response and social and monetary reward responsiveness.

September 12th, 2018:

  • Dr. Kujawa was selected as a recipient of a Brain & Behavior Research Foundation NARSAD Young Investigator Grant! Her project will examine neural processing of social reward and threat, and exposure to interpersonal stress, as vulnerabilities for mood disorders in adolescents.

July 20th, 2018:

  • We published a new paper in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry comparing neurophysiological and self-report measures of reward responsiveness as predictors of the development of depressive symptoms in young adolescents and as moderators of the effects of parental depression on symptoms in offspring. Check it out here!