University of Pittsburgh

Luna, Beatriz

Luna, Beatriz

Professor, Department of Psychiatry, School of Medicine (Secondary appointment in Dept. of Psychology)
PhD, University of Pittsburgh

Primary Program: Cognitive Program
All programs: Clinical Program, Cognitive Program, Cognitive Neuroscience Concentration Program


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Research Interests: Brain basis underlying the transition from adolescent to adult level voluntary control of behavior (working memory, response inhibition, reward processing, arousal). fMRI, DTI and oculomotor methods are used.

Accepting Graduate Students: Yes

Selected Publications

  • Hwang K, Hallquist M, Luna B, The development of hub architecture in the human functional brain network. Cereb Cortex. 2012 Aug 8. PubMed PMID: 22875861.
  • Pope K, Luna B, Thomas CR. Developmental neuroscience and the courts: how science is influencing the disposition of juvenile offenders. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2012 April. PubMed PMID: 22449636
  • Padmanabhan A, Geier C, Ordaz S, Teslovich T, Luna B. Developmental changes in brain function underlying the influence of reward processing on inhibitory control. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2011 Oct 1;1(4):517-529. PubMed PMID: 21966352
  • Hwang K, Velanova K, Luna B. Strengthening of top-down frontal cognitive control networks underlying the development of inhibitory control: a functional magnetic resonance imaging effective connectivity study. J Neurosci. 2010 Nov 17;30(46):15535-45. PubMed PMID: 21084608. Recipient of the Tim Post Award for outstanding article by a graduate student
  • Luna B, Padmanabhan A, O'Hearn K. What has fMRI told us about the development of cognitive control through adolescence? [Review]. Brain Cogn. 2010 Feb;72(1):101-13. PubMed PMID: 19765880.

Honors and Awards

  • WPIC Emerging Mentor Award (2010)
  • Presidential Early Career Award in Science and Engineering (2005)
  • NIMH Research Career Award (K01) (1999)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award (1997)


Graduate Student Advisees

  • Larsen, Bart