Guest Speaker Dr. Amanda Lyall
Dr. Amanda Lyall is an Assistant Professor in the Departments of Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and at Massachusetts General Hospital, Harvard Medical School. Her research focuses on leveraging advanced neuroimaging techniques to understand the structural connectivity of the human brain in healthy and clinical populations, with a particular focus on the study of psychosis. Specifically, she aims to identify and describe the underlying biological mechanisms and trajectory of events surrounding transition to psychosis in schizophrenia and other associated psychotic disorders. Her present project employs a comprehensive cross-sectional and longitudinal multi-modal imaging paradigm (simultaneous MR-PET) combined with physiological, cognitive, and clinical data collection to construct a more complete picture of potential underlying biological factors related to resiliency in early stage psychosis patients.