Beatriz Luna, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine


Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development

Director, Principal Investigator:

Beatriz Luna, PhD

Location: 121 Meyran Ave. Suite 111

Contact: 412-383-8178

Graduate Student Advisees

Bart Larsen

Orma Ravindranath


Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interests

Characterizing neurocognitive development through adolescence probing cognitive control, reward, and reinforcement learning using multimodal neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, rsfMRI, MRSI, and PET). Our primary focus is on normative development. We also study risk for substance use and psychosis.

Representative Publications

Larsen B, Verstynen TD, Yeh FC Luna B. Developmental Changes in the Integration of Affective and Cognitive Corticostriatal Pathways is Associated with Reward-Driven Behavior. Cereb Cortex. (In Press)

Montez DF, Calabro FJ, Luna B. The expression of established cognitive brain states stabilizes with working memory development. Elife. 2017 Aug 19;6. pii:e25606. doi: 10.7554/eLife.25606. PMID: 28826493

Jalbrzikowski M, Larsen B, Hallquist MN, Foran W, Calabro F, Luna B. Development of White Matter Microstructure and Intrinsic Functional Connectivity Between the Amygdala and Ventromedial Prefrontal Cortex: Associations With Anxiety and Depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2017 Jan 17. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28274468

Simmonds DJ, Hallquist MN, Luna B. Protracted development of executive and mnemonic brain systems underlying working memory in adolescence: a longitudinal fMRI study. Neuroimage. 2017 Apr 26. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 28456583.

Hwang K, Ghuman AS, Manoach DS, Jones SR, Luna B. Frontal Preparatory Neural Oscillations Associated with Cognitive Control: A Developmental Study Comparing Young Adults and Adolescents. Neuroimage. 2016 Aug 1;136:139-48. PMID: 27173759

Murty V, Calabro F, Luna B. The role of experience in adolescent cognitive development: Integration of executive, memory, and mesolimbic systems. Neurosci Biobehav Rev. 2016 Jul 28. PMID: 27477444

Marek S, Hwang K, Foran W, Hallquist MN, Luna B. The Contribution of Network Organization and Integration to the Development of Cognitive Control. PLoS Biol. 2015 Dec 29;13(12):e1002328. PMID: 26713863

Luna B, Marek S, Larsen B, Tervo-Clemmens B, Chahal R. An integrative model of the maturation of cognitive control. Annu Rev Neurosci. 2015 Jul 8;38:151-70. PMID: 2615478

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