Tiffany Ho, PhD
|University of California, Berkeley||B.A.||2006||Cognitive Science|
|University of California, San Diego||Ph.D.||2012||Psychology|
|Society for Neuroscience||2014||Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award|
|American Foundation for Suicide Prevention||2014
||2016||Postdoctoral Research Fellowship|
|Society of Biological Psychiatry||2015||Travel Award|
|Career Development Institute for Psychiatry||2016
My research utilizes a multimethodological approach (task-based fMRI, resting-state fMRI, DTI, VBM, quantitative modeling of behavior) to examine cognitive and neural differences between adolescents with depression and typically developing youth. I am currently funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention and am leading a project on identifying functional and structural patterns between depressed adolescents with and without a history of suicidal attempt. My longstanding goal is to use cognitive and computational neuroscience tools to probe basic dimensions of functioning transdiagnostically and longitudinally so that we can begin (1) basing classification of mental illness beyond DSM criteria and rely more on objective biomarkers, (2) identifying neural risk factors and predictors of negative psychiatric behaviors (e.g., mood symptoms, suicidal ideation, self-harm), and (3) develop more comprehensive models in psychiatry that will lead to improved intervention strategies and successful treatment outcomes. I am particularly interested in adolescence as it is a sensitive period of development where the incidence of mood disorders rises dramatically and as such, may also be a window where well-designed interventions can lead to significant improvements.
My prior research experience includes fMRI studies of perceptual decision making, psychophysical studies of visual attention, pharmacological studies of ion channels, pharmacological and behavioral studies on rodent models of alcoholism, and PSG studies on sleep in normal, insomniac, and bipolar populations. Each experience has offered me something unique and interesting about neuroscience, and has informed both my current research and teaching.
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