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    Kaja Lewinn, ScD

    TitleAssistant Professor
    SchoolUCSF School of Medicine
    DepartmentPsychiatry
    Address401 Parnassus Ave.
    San Francisco CA 94143
    Phone415-476-7833
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      University of California, San FranciscoPostdoctoral Studies, Clinical Health Services Research Training Program Clinical Services Research2012
      University of California, San Francisco and University of California, BerkeleyPostdoctoral Fellow, Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars ProgramNeuroscience2010
      Harvard UniversitySocial Epidemiology Sc.D.School of Public Health2007
      Harvard UniversitySocial Epidemiology M.S. School of Public Health2003
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      National Institute of Mental Health2012K01 Career Development Award
      National Academy of Sciences2011Sackler Colloquia Travel Award
      UCSF/UC Berkeley2007 - 2010 Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Fellow
      Harvard University2006 - 2007Achievement Gap Initiative Fellowship Recipient

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      Kaja Z LeWinn, Sc.D., is an epidemiologist and assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, Child and Adolescent Division. Dr. LeWinn attained her doctorate in Social Epidemiology from the Harvard School of Public Health and completed fellowships through the Robert Wood Johnson Health and Society Scholars Program and the Clinical Services Research Training Program at UCSF. In her current research, Dr. LeWinn integrates approaches from social epidemiology, psychology, and neuroscience to examine how social contexts shape emotion regulation development and the underlying neural circuitry that supports these skills. Dr. LeWinn is supported by an NIMH K01 Career Development Award that focuses on understanding the role of social engagement in the development of emotion regulation, its underlying neural circuitry, and risk for depression during adolescence. Dr. LeWinn is dedicated to applying her work to the prevention of mental health disorders. She works closely with the San Francisco Unified School District to address the emotional well being of students, and is assisting their efforts to identify needs, evaluate current programming and interventions, and develop novel preventive interventions that promote mental health.


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      1. Connolly CG, Ho TC, Blom EH, LeWinn KZ, Sacchet MD, Tymofiyeva O, Simmons AN, Yang TT. Resting-state functional connectivity of the amygdala and longitudinal changes in depression severity in adolescent depression. J Affect Disord. 2016 Sep 23; 207:86-94. PMID: 27716542.
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      2. Tymofiyeva O, Connolly CG, Ho TC, Sacchet MD, Henje Blom E, LeWinn KZ, Xu D, Yang TT, et al. DTI-based connectome analysis of adolescents with major depressive disorder reveals hypoconnectivity of the right caudate. J Affect Disord. 2016 Sep 19; 207:18-25. PMID: 27673479.
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      3. Arons A, Bolbocean C, Bush NR, Tylavsky FA, LeWinn KZ. Participation in the special supplemental nutrition program for women, infants, and children is not associated with early childhood socioemotional development: Results from a longitudinal cohort study. Prev Med Rep. 2016 Dec; 4:507-11. PMID: 27688993.
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      4. Sacchet MD, Ho TC, Connolly CG, Tymofiyeva O, Lewinn KZ, Han LK, Blom EH, Tapert SF, Max JE, Frank GK, Paulus MP, Simmons AN, Gotlib IH, Yang TT, et al. Large-Scale Hypoconnectivity between Resting-State Functional Networks in Unmedicated Adolescent Major Depressive Disorder. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016 May 26. PMID: 27238621.
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      5. Henje-Blom E, Ho TC, Connolly CG, LeWinn KZ, Sacchet MD, Tymofiyeva O, Weng HY, Yang TT. The neuroscience and context of adolescent depression. Acta Paediatr. 2016 Apr; 105(4):358-65. PMID: 26663379.
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      6. Mu KJ, Moore SE, LeWinn KZ. Internet Use and Adolescent Binge Drinking: Findings from the Monitoring the Future Study. Addict Behav Rep. 2015 Dec 1; 2:61-66. PMID: 26807435.
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      7. Henje Blom E, Han LK, Connolly CG, Ho TC, Lin J, LeWinn KZ, Simmons AN, Sacchet MD, Mobayed N, Luna ME, Paulus M, Epel ES, Blackburn EH, Wolkowitz OM, Yang TT. Peripheral telomere length and hippocampal volume in adolescents with major depressive disorder. Transl Psychiatry. 2015; 5:e676. PMID: 26556285.
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      8. Hirschtritt ME, Ordóñez AE, Rico YC, LeWinn KZ. Internal resilience, peer victimization, and suicidal ideation among adolescents. Int J Adolesc Med Health. 2015 Nov 1; 27(4):415-23. PMID: 25719294.
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      9. Henje Blom E, Connolly CG, Ho TC, LeWinn KZ, Mobayed N, Han L, Paulus MP, Wu J, Simmons AN, Yang TT. Altered insular activation and increased insular functional connectivity during sad and happy face processing in adolescent major depressive disorder. J Affect Disord. 2015 Jun 1; 178:215-23. PMID: 25827506; PMCID: PMC4412607 [Available on 06/01/16].
      10. Kersten EE, LeWinn KZ, Gottlieb L, Jutte DP, Adler NE. San Francisco children living in redeveloped public housing used acute services less than children in older public housing. Health Aff (Millwood). 2014 Dec; 33(12):2230-7. PMID: 25489043.
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      11. Ho TC, Connolly CG, Henje Blom E, LeWinn KZ, Strigo IA, Paulus MP, Frank G, Max JE, Wu J, Chan M, Tapert SF, Simmons AN, Yang TT. Emotion-Dependent Functional Connectivity of the Default Mode Network in Adolescent Depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Nov 1; 78(9):635-46. PMID: 25483399; PMCID: PMC4362932 [Available on 11/01/16].
      12. Henje Blom E, Duncan LG, Ho TC, Connolly CG, LeWinn KZ, Chesney M, Hecht FM, Yang TT. The development of an RDoC-based treatment program for adolescent depression: "Training for Awareness, Resilience, and Action" (TARA). Front Hum Neurosci. 2014; 8:630. PMID: 25191250; PMCID: PMC4137278.
      13. LeWinn KZ, Connolly CG, Wu J, Drahos M, Hoeft F, Ho TC, Simmons AN, Yang TT. White matter correlates of adolescent depression: structural evidence for frontolimbic disconnectivity. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2014 Aug; 53(8):899-909, 909.e1-7. PMID: 25062597; PMCID: PMC4112055.
      14. Stroud LR, Papandonatos GD, Shenassa E, Rodriguez D, Niaura R, LeWinn KZ, Lipsitt LP, Buka SL. Prenatal glucocorticoids and maternal smoking during pregnancy independently program adult nicotine dependence in daughters: a 40-year prospective study. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Jan 1; 75(1):47-55. PMID: 24034414; PMCID: PMC3858529.
      15. Jutte DP, LeWinn KZ, Hutson MA, Dare R, Falk J. Bringing researchers and community developers together to revitalize a public housing project and improve health. Health Aff (Millwood). 2011 Nov; 30(11):2072-8. PMID: 22068398; PMCID: PMC4096893.
      16. Catalano R, Margerison-Zilko CE, Saxton K, LeWinn K, Anderson E. Reconstructing dose: a commentary on McEniry. Soc Sci Med. 2011 Mar; 72(6):1016-7; discussion 1018-20. PMID: 21324412; PMCID: PMC4060893.
      17. Catalano R, Goldman-Mellor S, Saxton K, Margerison-Zilko C, Subbaraman M, LeWinn K, Anderson E. The health effects of economic decline. Annu Rev Public Health. 2011; 32:431-50. PMID: 21054175; PMCID: PMC3855327.
      18. Subbaraman MS, Goldman-Mellor SJ, Anderson ES, Lewinn KZ, Saxton KB, Shumway M, Catalano R. An exploration of secondary sex ratios among women diagnosed with anxiety disorders. Hum Reprod. 2010 Aug; 25(8):2084-91. PMID: 20570972; PMCID: PMC2907232.
      19. LeWinn KZ, Stroud LR, Molnar BE, Ware JH, Koenen KC, Buka SL. Elevated maternal cortisol levels during pregnancy are associated with reduced childhood IQ. Int J Epidemiol. 2009 Dec; 38(6):1700-10. PMID: 19423658; PMCID: PMC2786250.
      20. Martin LT, Kubzansky LD, LeWinn KZ, Lipsitt LP, Satz P, Buka SL. Childhood cognitive performance and risk of generalized anxiety disorder. Int J Epidemiol. 2007 Aug; 36(4):769-75. PMID: 17470490.
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      21. Stroud LR, Solomon C, Shenassa E, Papandonatos G, Niaura R, Lipsitt LP, Lewinn K, Buka SL. Long-term stability of maternal prenatal steroid hormones from the National Collaborative Perinatal Project: still valid after all these years. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2007 Feb; 32(2):140-50. PMID: 17270355; PMCID: PMC2693201.
      22. Thomson CA, LeWinn K, Newton TR, Alberts DS, Martinez ME. Nutrition and diet in the development of gastrointestinal cancer. Curr Oncol Rep. 2003 May; 5(3):192-202. PMID: 12667416.
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