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Psychiatry Advances Podcast Series

Discover innovative research and patient-centered programs at the cutting edge of psychiatry and behavioral health sciences on the Psychiatry Advances podcast series.

Psychiatric, psychological, nursing, and rehabilitative professionals will enjoy this podcast from UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital, a national leader in the innovative treatment of mental health and addictive disorders.

Meet the Host

Loren Roth, MD, MPH, is a distinguished professor emeritus of Psychiatry. He continues to actively teach and work at UPMC Western Psychiatric Hospital. He is also the former chief medical officer of UPMC, as well as the previous associate senior vice chancellor for Clinical Policy and Planning, Health Sciences, at the University of Pittsburgh.

Adolescent Brain Development and Establishing Adult Trajectories

Professor Bea Luna, PHD is a nationally highly acclaimed NIMH- Funded psychologist, neuroscientist, teacher/mentor. Using multimodal brain imaging/learning methods she has pioneered in studying normal and atypical adolescent brain development from initiation to the onset of adulthood. These fascinating brain developments affected by adolescent experiences further prepare the brain for adult functioning. Adolescent risk taking and other affects/brain development are explored in this Podcast.

Released: December 28, 2021


  1. Luna, B, Marek, S, Larsen, B, Tervo-Clemmens, B, Chahal, R, An Integrative Model of the Maturation of Cognitive Control, The Annual Review of Neuroscience 2015.38:151-70
  2. Larsen, B, Luna, B, Adolescence as a neurobiological critical period for the development of higher-order cognition, Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 94 (2018) 179-195

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This podcast is for informational and educational purposes only and is not to be considered medical or behavioral health advice for any particular patient. Clinicians must rely on their own informed clinical judgments when making recommendations for their patients. Patients in need of medical or behavioral health advice should consult their personal health care provider.