2016

Postdoc Erin Walsh has been awarded a two-year grant from the Mind and Life Institute, “Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction and early life abuse: Does attenuating inflammation reduce depressive symptoms and interpersonal dysfunction?”.  Congratulations, Erin!

UNC joins launch of SPARK, nation’s largest autism research study

Miranda Sullivan has been awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to continue her eyetracking research in the lab. Congratulations, Miranda!

Maya Mosner has been awarded a Graduate School Summer Research Fellowship. Congratulations, Maya!

Jasmine Shah is awarded a Lindquist Undergraduate Research Fund Grant. Congratulations, Jasmine!

Lab projects featured in the CIDD Newsletter

Psychology majors Jasmine Shah, Miranda Sullivan, and Rebecca Sukhu continue in the lab this year as Independent Study trainees.

Dichter, Gibbs, & Smoski (2015) is cited as one of the most important or intriguing psychology articles of 2015

Gabriel Dichter is elected as an Associate Member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.

Graduate students Rachel Greene and Maya Mosner both receive Autism Science Foundation Accelerator Awards. Congratulations!,

2015

The Art of Clinical Science

Gabriel Dichter and CIDD Director Joseph Piven will be PI’s of “Carolina Site for the SFARI National Autism Cohort”. The goal of this project is be a site for the Simons Foundation National Autism Cohort which aims to recruit 50,000 individuals with ASD and their family members to contribute clinical data and DNA for large-scale research studies.

Gabriel Dichter is awarded a UNC-CH 2015 Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty.
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Gabriel Dichter is quoted in Simons Foundation story about effects of repeated scanning on brain connectivity.

New symposium accepted at ACNP: Dichter, G.S., Walsh, E., Carl, H., Petty, C., Bizzell, J., Sideris, J., Crowther, A., Minkel, J., & Smoski, M.J. (December, 2015); Functional Connectivity Predictors of Response to Behavioral Activation Therapy for Depression. ACNP Annual Meeting, Hollywood, Florida; (Title of symposium: Using Neural Connectivity Biomarkers in Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) to Identify Subtypes and Predict Treatment Response).

Gabriel Dichter is co-investigator on 2R01 DA026424 (PI: Daughters) 2015-2020; “Technology Enhanced Behavioral Activation Treatment for Substance Use.”

CAN Lab member and postdoctoral fellow Jessica Kinard has been accepted into the CIDD T32 postdoctoral training program. Congratulations, Jessica!

CAN Lab member Sean McWeeny has successfully defended his honors thesis, “The Autism Social Anhedonia Scale: A novel social reward processing scale for ASD.” Congratulations, Sean!

CAN Lab member Hannah Carl has successfully defended her honors thesis, “A Model of Reduced Motivational Endurance in Depression: A Potential Predictor of Response to Psychotherapy.” Congratulations, Hannah!

CAN Lab post-doc Dr. Jessica Kinard won a Graduate Education Advancement Board Impact Award for her dissertation. This award recognizes graduate students for contributions they are making to our state. Congratulations, Jessica!!!

CAN Lab post-doc Dr. Jessica Kinard had a poster accepted for presentation at the International Meeting For Autism Research in May in Salt Lake City. The poster is titled, “Parent-Mediated Intervention for Hispanic Families of Young Children with Autism.” Congratulations, Jessica!

CAN Lab member Shuting Zheng has co-authored an IMFAR poster that describes a study that explored eye-tracking paradigm for toddlers with autism spectrum disorder. Zheng has been awarded a competitive travel award to attend the conference. Congratulations, Shuting!

Crowther, A., Smoski, M.J., Minkel, J. , Moore, T., Gibbs, D., Petty, C., Bizzell, J., Schiller,C.E., Sideris, J., Carl, H., & Dichter, G.S.; Resting-State Connectivity Predictors of Response to Psychotherapy in Major Depressive Disorder has been accepted at Neuropsychopharmacology. Congratulations, Andrew! PDF, press release

Rachel Greene has been awarded a NC TraCS grant: “An Evaluation of Eyetracking as a Treatment Outcome Measure for Autism.” Congratulations, Rachel!

Hannah Carl as been awarded a Undergraduate Research Support Office Travel Grant to present her honors thesis work at the 2015 Society for Biological Psychiatry in Toronto. Congratulations, Hannah!

 

2014

Cara Damiano has successfully defended her dissertation. Congratulations, Cara!

UNC 2014 Neuroscience of Youth Depression Datablitz discussant video.

Quoted in Simons Foundation story about impact of therapy on brain function in autism

CAN Lab members Dr. Jessica Kinard and Cara Damiano featured in the October, 2014 issue of Inside the Institute

CAN Lab postdoc Dr. Jessica Kinard receives the Joanne Erwick Roberts Early Career Award. Congratulations, Jessica!

Sean McWeeny has been awarded a David Bray Peele Memorial Research Award for his honors thesis. Congratulations, Sean!

Undergraduate Research Assistants Nadia Peyravian, Jasmine Shah, and Sadé Archie join the lab. Welcome!

Postdoctoral fellow Erin Walsh joins the lab as part of UNC’s T32 training grant for research in complementary, alternative and integrative medicine. Welcome, Erin!

Postdoctoral fellow Jessica Kinard joins the lab. Welcome, Jessica!

Rachel Green joins the lab as a new clinical psychology PhD student. Welcome, Rachel!

Devin Gibbs has been awarded a Carolina Medical Student Research Program summer fellowship to work in the lab this summer. Congratulations, Devin!

Julia Katz has been awarded a Carolina Medical Student Research Program summer fellowship to work in the lab this summer. Congratulations, Julia!

Sean McWeeny has been awarded a Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) to work in the lab this summer and has been accepted into the Honors Program. Congratulations, Sean!

Cara Damiano has matched at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities for her clinical internship. Congratulations, Cara!

Megan Kovac has matched at Westchester Jewish Community Services for her clinical internship. Congratulations, Megan!

The CAN Lab welcomes Duke honors student Hannah Carl. Welcome, Hannah!

Gabriel Dichter will be Co-Investigator of “Engagement of Social-Cognitive Networks During Game Play in Autism”, funded by the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (PI: Carter) 2014-2016

Gabriel Dichter will be Co-Investigator & UNC site PI of R34 MH1044071 (PI: Brodkin) 2014-2017; “Services to Enhance Social Functioning in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders”

 

2013

The CAN Lab welcomes Maya Mosner, a UNC clinical psychology doctoral student, to the lab!

The CAN Lab welcomes Neurobiology rotation student, Andrew Crowther.

CAN Lab trainee Dr. Jared Minkel receives a faculty appointment in the UNC Department of Psychiatry. Congratulations, Jared!

Read Gabriel’s Autism Science Foundation blog post about fMRI studies in autism: link

CAN Lab receives a research supplement to R21 MH094781 to promote diversity in psychiatry research.

Graduate student Cara Damiano has received a 2013-2014 UNC graduate school award for her dissertation addressing neural mechanisms of reward uncertainty in children with autism. Congratulations, Cara!

Graduate student Megan Kovac has received a 2013-2014 Jessie Ball DuPont Dissertation Fellowship for her dissertation addressing affective modulation of the postauricular reflex in children with autism. Congratulations, Megan!

Graduate student Anna Sabatino (Developmental Psychology) defended her dissertation which investigated visual attention to social and nonsocial stimuli in children with autism. Congratulations, Anna!

Psychology honors student Dillon Cockrell received the Dashiell-Thurstone Award and highest honors for his honors projects on fMRI of reward loss in children with autism. Congratulations, Dillon! [News Story]

CAN Lab projects are highlighted in the Spring, 2013 CIDD newsletter link.

Ellie Hanna has been admitted to Duke’s Cognitive Neuroscience Admitting Program. Well deserved – congratulations, Ellie!

UNC medical student Dana Kelley receives an Office of Medical Student Research award to work in the CAN lab this summer. Welcome, Dana!

2012

Autism Speaks blog post about the CIDD social skills clinic.

Lab projects are highlighted in the 2012 CIDD newsletter link.

See Cara Damiano’s Autism Speaks blog post about her predoctoral fellowship.

Thematic Issue on Reward Processing in Autism, guest edited by Gabriel Dichter & Ralph Adolphs, published in the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders link.

Postdoc Jared Minkel joins the lab. Welcome, Jared!

Fall, 2012: Brittney Ciszek, a graduate student in the Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program at UNC, will do a rotation in the lab. Welcome, Brittney!

CAN Lab psychology honors student Joey Aloi and Ryan Delapp receive highest honors for their honors projects. Congratulations!

UNC medical students Jeremy Ford and Nathan Yarnall receive Office of Medical Student Research awards to work in the CAN lab this summer. Welcome, Jeremy and Nathan!

Anna Sabatino has received a Summer Research Fellowship from the UNC Graduate School to support her dissertation research on visual attention in autism. Congratulations, Anna!

Joey Aloi presents his honors thesis results at the UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research (link).

CAN Lab psychology honors student Ryan Delapp (UNC 2012) will attend the University of Louisville’s PhD program in Clinical Psychology next Fall. Congratulations, Ryan!

Megan Kovac, UNC School Psychology Graduate Student and LEND Fellow joins the lab. Welcome, Megan!

Dr. Lauren Turner-Brown and Dr. Noah Sasson are highlighted in Scientific American article link.

CAN Lab member Anna Sabatino has an abstract accepted at the Graduate Research symposium at William and Mary. Her abstract is titled “Social and Nonsocial Attention in Autism”. Congratulations, Anna!

The CAN Lab welcomes BBSP rotation student, Kristin Sellers.

2011

Gabriel has been awarded the 2011 Vanderbilt University Randolph Blake Early Career Award for the Psychological Sciences link.

NIH article about the CAN lab’s ARRA project.link.

Former CAN Lab post-doc Dr. John (Tony) Richey has accepted a faculty position at Virginia Tech. Congratulations, Tony!

Cara Damiano receives a Weatherstone Predoctoral Fellowship from Autism Speaks. Congratulations, Cara! link

Lab projects are featured in the Fall, 2011 issue of the CIDD newsletter (link).

Simons Foundation article on restricted interests in autism link.

Dillon Cockrell Interviewed in Carolina Scientific Magazine about his SURF experiences in the CAN Lab (link).

Joey Aloi presents his honors thesis results at the UNC Celebration of Undergraduate Research (link).

Joey Aloi and Ryan Delapp are accepted to the UNC Honors Program in Psychology. Congratulations!

Joey Aloi and Dillon Cockrell are accepted to the UNC Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowship (SURF) program. Congratulations!

Ali Rittenberg will attend medical school at UNC in the Fall. Congratulations, Ali!

Gabriel is quoted in Yahoo.com article on links between depression and impaired concentration link.

2010

Cara Damanio joins the lab as a Clinical Psychology doctoral student. Welcome, Cara!

BIAC Research Highlight

CAN lab members present findings at IMFAR 2010

Dana Foundation website story

Dichter presents lab findings as part of NARSAD’s “Healthy Minds Across America” series.

UNC Vital Signs article

Freedomain Radio Interview with Gabriel about psychotherapy brain imaging research

CAN Lab ARRA grant featured in the Fall, 2009 issue of UNC’s Inside the Institute.

Doug Romney, UNC medical student, completes a Carolina Medical Student Research Program fellowship in the CAN lab.

Issac Jaben, Sarah Hale, Kayla Finch, Joey Aloi, and Ashley Parr join the CAN lab as summer, 2010 RA’s. Welcome!

2009

Jennifer Felder will attend UC-Boulder’s PhD program in Clinical Psychology in the Fall; Congratulations, Jenn!