Jamie L. Hanson , PhD


715 LRDC, 3939 O'Hara Street

Pittsburgh, PA 15260


Research Interests

Affective Neuroscience, Developmental Psychopathology, Decision Making, Cognitive Neuroscience, Emotion Regulation, Executive Functioning


Accepting new graduate students: Yes


  • PhD, University of Wisconsin--Madison


  • NIH Loan Repayment Program Award, 2016
  • Trainee Professional Development Award, Society for Neuroscience (SfN), 2016
  • Fellowship, Carolina Consortium on Human Development, Center for Developmental Science, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2014
  • Travel Award, Sackler Colloquium on Biological Embedding of Early Social Adversity, National Academy of Sciences, 2012
  • Dissertation Grant, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, 2009


  • Hanson Publ 1

    Hanson JL, Albert D, Iselin AR, Carré JM, Dodge KA, & Hariri AR. (2016). Cumulative stress in childhood is associated with blunted reward-related brain activity in adulthood. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(3):405-412.

  • Hanson Publ 2

    Hanson JL, Hariri AR, & Williamson DE. (2015). Blunted ventral striatum development in adolescence reflects emotional neglect and predicts depressive symptoms. Biological Psychiatry, 78(9):598-605.

  • Hanson Publ 3

    Hanson JL, Nacewicz BM, Sutterer MJ, Cayo AA, Schaefer SM, Rudolph KD, Shirtcliff EA, Pollak SD, & Davidson RJ. (2015). Behavior problems after early life stress: Contributions of the hippocampus and amygdala. Biological Psychiatry, 77(4):314-23.

  • Hanson Publ 4

    Hanson JL, Hair N, Shen DG, Shi F, Gilmore JH, Wolfe BL, & Pollak SD. (2013) Family poverty affects the rate of human infant brain growth. PLoS ONE, 8(12): e80954.

  • Hanson Publ 5

    Hanson JL, Chandra A, Wolfe BL, & Pollak SD (2011). Association between income and the hippocampus. PLoS ONE, 6(5): e18712.

  • Hanson Publ 6

    Hanson JL, Chung MK, Avants BB, Shirtcliff EA, Gee JC, Davidson RJ, & Pollak SD. (2010). Early stress is associated with alterations in the orbitofrontal cortex: a tensor-based morphometry investigation of brain structure and behavioral risk. Journal of Neuroscience, 30(22), 7466-7472.