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Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Training: MD and PhD (Neuroscience), Yale University; Psychiatry Residency MGH & McLean Hospitals, Harvard University; Neuropsychiatry Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania.

I am a physician-scientist pursuing translational research into the neural mechanisms of motivation and their impairment in individuals with or at risk for psychosis, depression, addiction, and other psychiatric disorders. By utilizing functional neuroimaging, together with pharmacological interventions and detailed clinical and behavioral assessments, I seek to relate reward and motivation impairments to dysfunction in specific neural circuits. I aim to apply the resulting knowledge and tools to develop novel therapeutic interventions and assessment biomarkers, in collaboration with animal researchers and pharmaceutical industry scientists. 

Teaching and mentoring are tremendously important and rewarding to me. I supervise graduate students through the Neuroscience Graduate Group. I mentor postdoctoral fellows as Associate Director of the Penn Psychosis T32 program, and also through the Neuropharmacology T32 and Affective Disorders T32. I supervise residents through the Adult Psychiatry Residency Program. I am the Director of the Penn Clinical and Translational Neurosciences Program for medical and graduate students, and I am a mentor for the Career Development Institute for Psychiatry.

I am also passionate about providing outstanding clinical care to patients with psychosis and related conditions. I am an Attending Psychiatrist in the Outpatient psychosis clinic at Penn Behavioral Health, and I am the Director of Telehealth for HeadsUp/Pennsylvania Early Intervention Center affiliated with the Penn Psychosis Evaluation and Recovery Center.

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