- Remembered: Dr. Lyle V. Jones, 1924-2016
- Dr. Sylvia Fitting Awarded National Institutes of Health Grant
- Dr. Margaret Sheridan Awarded National Institutes of Health Grant
- Dr. Mitch Prinstein Awarded National Institutes of Health Grant
- Dr. Eva Telzer Awarded National Institutes of Health Grant
- Dr. Sylvia Fitting Awarded a UNC Center for AIDS Research Grant
- Henry Willis Selected as 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Health Policy Scholar
- Remembered: Dr. J. Steven Reznick, 1951-2016
- Dr. David Penn Awarded National Institutes of Health Grant
- Dr. Kate Reissner Awarded National Institutes of Health Grant
- Dr. Enrique Neblett Selected for Thorp Faculty Engaged Scholars Program
- Laura Kurtz Selected for Insko Best Publication Award
- Jennifer MacCormack Selected for Agnew Research Innovation Award
Dr. Eva Telzer: Adolescent Neural Responses to Reward for Healthy Development
During adolescent brain development, there is heightened activity in the reward system that orients teens towards risky behaviors. Dr. Telzer examines neural responses to prosocial decision making in adolescence and how teens perceive risks. Her research reveals that heightened activity in the reward system can actually lead adolescents away from risks and motivate adolescents to engage in more thoughtful behaviors.
Dr. David Thissen: How Much Change is a Change?
Patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures have become increasingly important in medical research and drug trials. PRO measures are usually psychological questionnaires with the patients as respondents, so they benefit from the application of modern psychometric theory. Dr. Thissen’s group in the Psychometric Lab has collaborated for over a decade with colleagues in the UNC Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and at other institutions, on the interdisciplinary NIH-initiated Patient-Reported Outcomes Measurement Information System® (PROMIS®). One recent task was to determine an answer to the question “how much change is a change?”.
Dr. Keely Muscatell: Neural and Physiological Responses to Stress
Stressful experiences are processed by the brain and translated into bodily changes that can impact our health. Using fMRI and measuring physiological processes, Dr. Muscatell investigates how stress can impact the brain and body and lead to the development of chronic diseases and psychological disorders. Recent studies examine stress in breast cancer survivors and how the brain reacts to social feedback as it is processed across the racial divide.