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NTTR SIG 2021  Special Invited Panel

Speakers: Angela Fang (Chair), Judy Illes (Moderator), Riana Elyse Anderson, Sierra Carter, Kristen Eckstrand, Kean Hsu, Ryan Jacoby, Shawn Jones, Maria Kryza-Lacombe, Andrew Peckham, Greg Siegle, Lucina Uddin, Mariann Weierich, Mary Woody


Chair: Angela Fang, PhD, University of Washington


Dr. Fang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington and Director of the Center of Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology, & Clinical Translation (CoNNeCT Lab). Her research focuses on understanding the social and cognitive mechanisms in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive related disorders and identifying neural predictors and mechanisms of treatment outcome. She identifies as a first generation, Chinese American, academic mother in STEM. 

Riana Anderson, PhD, University of Michigan

Riana Elyse Anderson, PhD, LCP is a licensed clinical psychologist and an Assistant Professor in the Health Behavior and Health Education Department in the University of Michigan’s School of Public Health. Her scholarship addresses culturally specific parenting practices to reduce race-related stress in families. Dr. Anderson strives to improve psychological outcomes for Black youth through culturally and contextually affirming parenting programs focused on racism and discrimination, effective coping and healing strategies, and community building, participation, and collaboration. One of her primary goals is to create interventions and youth centers which support the mental and physical health of Black youth in urban communities.

Sierra Carter, PhD, Georgia State University

Dr. Sierra Carter is an Assistant Professor of Clinical and Community Psychology at Georgia State University. Her primary area of research for the past 11 years focuses on investigating how psychosocial and contextual stressors can affect both mental and physical health outcomes for Black populations. She has a long-standing interest in the ways in which poor health outcomes in Black populations arise and are maintained by psychological, physiological, and contextual/social processes. As a clinical scientist committed to enhancing clinical outcomes by attending to culturally relevant processes, a common theme throughout her work has been examining how racial discrimination, as an acute and chronic stressor, effects development and exacerbation of chronic illnesses and stress-related disorders across the life course. Her research takes a strength-based lens to also focus on identifying key communal and individual-level factors that have been utilized by Black people in the past and present to promote optimal healing from racism-related stress and trauma.

Ryan Jacoby, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School


Ryan Jacoby, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor and clinical psychologist in the Massachusetts General Hospital Center for OCD and Related Disorders. Her research on the nature and treatment of OCD incorporates psychophysiological measurement (i.e., eye-tracking, EEG, heart rate, skin conductance) of transdiagnostic psychological processes (e.g., attentional control, intolerance of uncertainty). As a result of this work, she has identified the critical need to address barriers in collecting psychophysiological data from BIPOC participants who are too often excluded from this area of translational science.

Maria Kryza-Lacombe, PhD, San Diego State University


Maria is a doctoral candidate at the SDSU/UC San Diego Joint Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology. She uses fMRI to study the interaction between cognitive and affective neural processes, as well as treatment-related neural changes.


Greg Siegle, PhD, University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Siegle directs the Program in Cognitive Affective Neuroscience (PICAN) at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, where he is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Translational Sciences. His research examines neural mechanisms of emotional and cognitive information processing in mood and anxiety disorders, how this information can be used to predict response to treatment, and to guide novel treatment development. He works to translate cognitive and emotional neuroscience for use in the real world, particularly in diverse populations. Dr. Siegle has over 195 publications, and has been continuously funded by NIH and foundation awards for over 20 years.

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Mariann Weierich, PhD, University of Nevada, Reno


Dr. Mariann Weierich is the James K. and Lois Merritt Mikawa Associate Professor of Psychology and Integrative Neuroscience at the University of Nevada. She is a clinical/cognitive neuroscientist investigating behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms of normative stress and stress-related disorders.


NTTR SIG Invited Panel Title: Toward an Intersectional Model of Translational Neuroscience: Engaging Marginalized Community Partners to Adopt Neuroscience in Psychology Clinics

Scheduled Convention Meeting Date/Time: Sat Nov 20, 2021 @ 1:30pm-3:00pm (Eastern Time). Virtual link will be provided to registered convention attendees.

Moderator: Judy Illes, CM, PhD, University of British Columbia


Dr. Illes is Professor of Neurology and Canada Research Chair in Neuroethics at the University of British Columbia. She is Director of Neuroethics Canada, and faculty in the Centre for Brain Health and at the Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute. She received her PhD in Hearing and Speech Sciences, and in Neuropsychology at Stanford University, and became one of the pioneers of the field of neuroethics formally established in early 2000. Dr. Illes’ research, teaching and outreach initiatives are devoted to ethical, legal, social and policy challenges at the intersection of the brain sciences and biomedical ethics. She has made groundbreaking contributions to neuroethical thinking for neuroscience discovery and clinical translation specifically in the areas of neuroimaging, and neuromodulation across the lifespan, more broadly to entrepreneurship and the commercialization of health care. Dr. Illes is co-Lead of the Canadian Brain Research Strategy. She was elected to the Royal Society of Canada in 2012 and appointed to the Order of Canada in December 2017, the highest award for citizens in her country. 

Kristen Eckstrand, MD, PhD, University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Eckstrand is a queer child & adolescent psychiatrist and neuroscientist whose research focuses on the neuropsychiatric underpinnings of trauma and resilience in adolescents, with an emphasis on LGBTQ+ populations.

Kean Hsu, PhD, Georgetown University


Although Kean's research program focuses on how aspects of cognition contribute to depression and anxiety, he also spends time in the Asian American community providing public education workshops to help battle stigma and build awareness around issues of mental health. Kean is a first-generation college graduate and Chinese American. 

Shawn Jones, PhD, MHS, Virginia Commonwealth University


Dr. Shawn Jones is an Assistant Professor in the Counseling Program in the Psychology Department at Virginia Commonwealth University. Dr. Jones endeavors to impact the psychosocial wellbeing of Black youth and their families by exploring mechanisms undergirding culturally-relevant protective and promotive factors and translating basic research into interventions that harness the unique strengths of the Black experience.


Andrew Peckham, PhD, McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School


Andrew Peckham, PhD is a clinical psychologist in McLean Hospital's Division of Alcohol, Drugs, and Addiction, and an Instructor in Psychology at Harvard Medical School. He conducts translational research, leveraging basic cognitive and affective science to develop novel treatments for impulsivity and craving, and he is a member of the Multicultural Psychology Consultation Team at McLean Hospital. 


Lucina Uddin, PhD, University of California Los Angeles

Dr. Lucina Uddin is a cognitive neuroscientist focusing on relationships between brain connectivity and cognition in her research. Born in Bangladesh and trained in the United States, she has been involved in local, national, and international initiatives to promote diversity in academia through mentoring programs across multiple academic institutions and societies.


Mary Woody, PhD, University of Pittsburgh


Dr. Mary Woody is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and a licensed psychologist. Her research uses neuroscientific, psychophysiological, and behavioral measures to capture how adolescents and adults who are at risk for, or suffering from, depression and anxiety process emotional stimuli, particularly in interpersonal contexts, with the explicit goal of translating what we learn in the laboratory to treatment targets that address the needs of individual patients.

SIG Presenters 2021
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