Beatriz Luna, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Psychiatry


Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development

Director, Principal Investigator:

Beatriz Luna, PhD

Location: 121 Meyran Ave. Suite 111

Contact: 412-383-8178

Graduate Student Advisees:

  • Samuel Elliott; Clinical Psychology
  • Maria Perica; Clinical Psychology
  • Orma Ravindranath; Clinical Psychology
  • Amar Ojha; Neuroscience
  • Shan McKeon; BioEngineering

Education & Training

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Research Interest Summary

Cognitive Development in Adolescence; Psychosis & Substance Abuse Risk

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

Parr AC, Calabro F, Larsen B, Tervo-Clemmens B, Elliot S, Foran W, Olafsson V, Luna B. Dopamine-related striatal neurophysiology is associated with specialization of frontostriatal reward circuitry through adolescence. Prog Neurobiol. 2021 Jun;201:101997. doi:10.1016/j.pneurobio.2021.101997. Epub 2021 Mar 2. PMCID: PMC8096717.

Luna B, Tervo-Clemmens B, Calabro FJ. Considerations When Characterizing Adolescent Neurocognitive Development. Biol Psychiatry. 2021 Jan 15;89(2):96-98. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2020.04.026. Epub 2020 May 11. PMID: 32507392; PMCID: PMC7211721.

Calabro FJ, Montez D, Larsen B, Laymon C, Foran W, Hallquist M, Price J, Luna B. Striatal dopamine supports reward reactivity and learning: A simultaneous PET/fMRI study. bioRxiv 2020.06.24.169722 (2020) doi:10.1101/2020.06.24.169722.

Ravindranath O, Ordaz SJ, Padmanabhan A, Foran W, Jalbrzikowski M, Calabro FJ, Luna B. Influences of affective context on amygdala functional connectivity during cognitive control from adolescence through adulthood. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2020 Oct;45:100836. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2020.100836. Epub 2020 Aug 14. PMCID: PMC7451790.

Jalbrzikowski M, Liu F, Foran W, Klei L, Calabro FJ, Roeder K, Devlin B, Luna B. Functional connectome fingerprinting accuracy in youths and adults is similar when examined on the same day and 1.5-years apart. Hum Brain Mapp. 2020 Oct 15;41(15):4187-4199. doi:10.1002/hbm.25118. Epub 2020 Jul 11. PMID: 32652852; PMCID: PMC7502841.

Larsen B, Olafsson V, Calabro F, Laymon C, Tervo-Clemmens B, Campbell E, Minhas D, Montez D, Price J, Luna B. Maturation of the human striatal dopamine system revealed by PET and quantitative MRI. Nat Commun. 2020 Feb 12;11(1):846. doi: 10.1038/s41467-020-14693-3. PMCID: PMC7015913.

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