Geriatric Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory

Stephen Smagula, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Education: Lafayette College
BS in Neuroscience, 2009

Teachers College Columbia University
MS, Neuroscience and Education, 2010

University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, PhD in Epidemiology, 2014



The broad goal of my research program is to identify and intervene on the modifiable risk factors for accelerated brain aging and depression. My ongoing NIMH-supported research-training (K01) focuses on older dementia caregivers, who are both critical to society, and experiencing high levels of stress/depression. We are longitudinally examining: (1) how sleep-wake patterns and stress relate to the brain, and (2) what inter-related psychosocial, behavioral (sleep-wake), and neurobiological factors drive depression risk. I am also developing mobile wearable technology for monitoring and intervening on the daily patterns that drive suboptimal brain aging and depression. I plan to translate my observational research findings and mobile Circadian Activity Profiling System (CAPS) into effective, scalable, interventions.

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