School of Life and Health Sciences
Aston University Aston TriangleBirminghamB4 7ET
Basic and Applied Neurosciences
Aston Brain Centre
In 2005, I joined the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic (WPIC) at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA where I worked with Dr. Mary Phillips. Whilst at WPIC, I gained extensive clinical experience by working with different psychiatric populations, specifically patients with bipolar disorder and unipolar depression. I also employed multimodal neuroimaging techniques, i.e, MEG, functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) to study emotion processing and emotion regulation in patients with mood disorders.
My research interests lie in the combination of neuroimaging methodologies and their application to investigate and characterize the neurophysiological correlates of emotion perception, emotion regulation and social cognition in psychiatric disorders, specifically bipolar disorder and unipolar depression. My research to date has employed functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) as well as magneto- encephalography (MEG) to gain a better understanding of the potentially aberrant neural processes that underlie emotion processing and emotion regulation in various psychiatric disorders. In addition to cross-sectional studies I have also begun to assess patients longitudinally. More recently, I became involved with a multi-site project in Canada investigating the neuroimaging, genetic and clinical markers of antidepressant treatment response.
Principal Investigator: Dalila Akkal, PhD Laboratory of Functional Neurosciences and Pathologies, CHRU Lille, France
Co-Principal Investigators: Sidney Kennedy, MD University Health Network, University of Toronto, Toronto, ON, Canada & Glenda MacQueen, MD, PhD
Ainara Jauregi, MSc (Supervisor):Using Response Inhibition and Reward Responsiveness to Investigate Risk for Psychopathology
Dimitrios Charitopoulos, BSc (Supervisor): Investigating personality characteristics and cognitive-behavioral mechanisms in social cognition.
Karolina Rokita, BSc Psychology (Supervisor): The Effects of Bilingualism on Executive Functioning in Young Adults
British Association for Cognitive Neuroscience