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Shannon L. Gourley

Assistant Professor
Departments of Pediatrics and Psychiatry


Research Description

Dr. Gourley’s research team focuses on issues of depression and addiction. Within social contexts, Dr. Gourley’s group aims to understand how social context during adolescence sculpts prefrontal cortical development and determines long-behavioral outcomes. These include, for example, complex decision-making, reward valuation and inhibitory control in adulthood. Dr. Gourley’s team uses behavioral, pharmacological, biochemical, genetic, and cellular approaches to develop and optimize novel therapeutic interventions for adolescent populations vulnerable to depression and addiction. Additionally, her research team aims to better understand the neurobiological mechanisms of resilience to stressors (including social stressors) and drugs of abuse at any age.



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