Erika Forbes, Ph.D.


WPIC - Loeffler 319





Research Interests

Investigates the role of neural reward circuitry in the development of affective and substance use problems during adolescence.


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Research Interests: Depression, Developmental Psychopathology, Affective Neuroscience, Social/Affective Development, Adolescence, Neural Reward Systems

Accepting Graduate Students: No

Honors and Awards

  • Emerging Mentor Award, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh (2013)
  • Associate Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • ACNP Early Career Travel Award (2008)
  • NARSAD Young Investigator Award
  • NIH Mentored Research Scientist Development Award

Graduate Student Advisees

  • Lichenstein, Sarah


  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh


  • Publication 1085

    Morgan JK, Shaw DS, Forbes EE. Maternal Depression and Warmth During Childhood Predict Age 20 Neural Response to Reward. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry.2014 Jan;53(1):108-117.

  • Publication 1091

    Forbes EE, Ryan ND, Phillips ML, Manuck SB, Worthman CM, Moyles DL, Tarr JA, Sciarrillo SR, Dahl RE. Healthy adolescents' neural response to reward:associations with puberty, positive affect, and depressive symptoms. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2010 Feb;49(2):162-72.e1-5.

  • Publication 1092

    Forbes EE, Hariri AR, Martin SL, Silk JS, Moyles DL, Fisher PM, Brown SM, Ryan ND, Birmaher B, Axelson DA, Dahl RE. Altered striatal activation predicting real-world positive affect in adolescent major depressive disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2009 Jan;166(1):64-73.

  • Publication 1098

    Silk JS, Davis S, McMakin DL, Dahl RE, Forbes EE. Why do anxious children become depressed teenagers?: The role of social evaluative threat and reward processing. Psychological Medicine. 2012 October; 42(10): 2095-2107.

  • Publication 1095

    Silk JS, Forbes EE, Whalen DJ, Jakubcak JL, Thompson WK, Ryan ND, Axelson DA, Birmaher B, Dahl RE. Daily emotional dynamics in depressed youth: A Cell-phone ecological momentary assessment study. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. 2011 Oct;110(2):241Ð257.

  • Publication 1097

    Tan PZ, Forbes EE, Dahl RE, Ryan ND, Siegle GJ, Ladouceur CD, Silk JS. Emotional reactivity and regulation in anxious and non-anxious youth: a cell-phone ecological momentary assessment study. Journal of Child Psychology & Psychiatry. 2012 February; 53(2): 197-206.

  • Publication 1099

    Silk JS, Sheeber L, Tan PZ, Ladouceur CD, Forbes EE, McMakin DL, Dahl RE, Siegle GJ, Kendall PC, Mannarino A, Ryan ND . You can do it!: The role of parental encouragement to approach fears in child anxiety treatment. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 2013 June; 27(5):439-446.

  • Publication 393

    Forbes, E.E., May, J.C., Siegle, G.J., Ladouceur, C.D., Ryan, N.D., Carter, C.S., Birmaher, B., Dahl, R.E. (2006). Reward-related decision-making in pediatric major depressive disorder: An fMRI study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47(10),1031-1040.

  • Publication 1090

    Forbes EE, Olino TM, Ryan ND, Birmaher B, Axelson D, Moyles DL, Dahl RE.Reward-related brain function as a predictor of treatment response in adolescents with major depressive disorder. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2010 Mar;10(1):107-18.

  • Publication 1089

    Forbes EE, Dahl RE. Research Review: altered reward function in adolescentdepression: what, when and how? J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2012 Jan;53(1):3-15.

  • Publication 1088

    Forbes EE, Dahl RE, Almeida JR, Ferrell RE, Nimgaonkar VL, Mansour H, Sciarrillo SR, Holm SM, Rodriguez EE, Phillips ML. PER2 rs2304672 polymorphism moderates circadian-relevant reward circuitry activity in adolescents. Biol Psychiatry. 2012 Mar 1;71(5):451-7.

  • Publication 1087

    Morgan JK, Olino TM, McMakin DL, Ryan ND, Forbes EE. Neural response to reward as a predictor of increases in depressive symptoms in adolescence. Neurobiol Dis.2013 Apr;52:66-74.

  • Publication 1086

    Casement MD, Guyer AE, Hipwell AE, McAloon RL, Hoffmann AM, Keenan KE, Forbes EE. Girls' challenging social experiences in early adolescence predict neural response to rewards and depressive symptoms. Dev Cogn Neurosci. In press.

  • Publication 618

    Manuck, S.B., Brown, S.M., Forbes, E.E., & Hariri, A.R. (2007). Temporal stability of individual differences in amygdala reactivity. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 1613-1614.