I employ a developmental cognitive and affective neuroscience approach to investigate: 1) how neural networks underlying emotion processing and regulation develop in childhood and adolescence, including disentangling processes specific to age versus puberty, 2) how alterations in the development of these systems contribute to the pathophysiology and risk for affective disorders (anxiety, mood disorders), and 3) whether it is possible to harness normative neurodevelopmental processes as a way to identify periods of heightened neural plasticity that can inform novel brain-based and developmentally sensitive interventions in at-risk youth.
Ladouceur CD. Neural systems supporting cognitive affective interactions in adolescence: the role of puberty and implications for affective disorders. Frontiers of Integrative Neuroscience. 2012 6(65):1-11. doi:10.3389/fnint.2012.00065. PMID: 22969712
Kerestes, R, Segreti, AM, Pan, LA, Phillips, ML, Birmaher, B, Brent, DA, Ladouceur, CD. Altered neural function to happy faces in adolescents with and at risk for depression. Journal of Affective Disorders. 2016 1(192):143-152. PMID: 26724693
Ladouceur CD, Silk JS, Dahl RE, Kronhaus D, Ostapenko L, Phillips ML. Fearful faces influence attentional control processes in anxious youth and adults. Emotion. 2009 9(6):855-864. PMID: 20001128
Ladouceur CD, Dahl RE, Carter CS. Development of action monitoring through adolescence into adulthood: ERP and source localization. Developmental Science. 2007 10(6):874-891. PMID: 17973802
Ladouceur CD, Dahl RE, Birmaher B, Williamson DE, Ryan ND, Casey BJ. Altered emotional processing in pediatric anxiety, depression, and comorbid anxiety-depression. Journal of Child Abnormal Psychology. 2005 33(2):165-177. PMID: 15839495