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Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
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Warren Wright Adolescent Center

The Warren Wright Adolescent Center is dedicated to better understanding cognition in health and psychiatric illness in adolescents and young adults. Our goal is to map the range of healthy development to better understand psychiatric disturbance in adolescents during crucial development years (13 to 22 years of age).

Our work looks to establish a baseline of healthy adolescents. From there, we create and compare biomarkers to individuals who are experiencing life altering illnesses that cause disruption in their everyday life.   

Areas of study in health include: reward/aversion and approach avoidance, judgment and decision-making, attention and working memory.

Areas of study in illness include: substance use disorders, psychosis and schizophrenia, depression, attention deficit disorders, anxiety disorders and concussion and mild TBI.

Research Collaborators


  • Redefining neuromarketing as an integrated science of influence. Breiter HC, Block M, Blood AJ, Calder B, Chamberlain L, Lee N, Livengood S, Mulhern FJ, Raman K, Schultz D, Stern DB, Viswanathan V, Zhang FZ. Front Hum Neurosci.2015 8:1073. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.01073. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25709573
  • Cannabis-related episodic memory deficits and hippocampal morphological differences in healthy individuals and schizophrenia subjects. Smith MJ, Cobia DJ, Reilly JL, Gilman JM, Roberts AG, Alpert KI, Wang L, Breiter HC, and Csernansky JG. Hippocampus.2015 doi: 10.1002/hipo.22427. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 25760303
  • Age-related striatal BOLD changes without changes in behavioral loss aversion.Viswanathan V, Lee S, Gilman JM, Kim BW, Lee N, Chamberlain L, Livengood S, Raman K, Lee MJ, Kuster J, Stern D, and Calder B, Mulhern FJ, Blood AJ, Breiter HC. Front Hum Neurosci. 2015. (In press)
  • Neurofeedback using functional spectroscopy. Hinds O, Wighton P, Tisdall MD, Hess A, Breiter H, van der Kouwe A. Int J Imaging Syst Technol.2014. 24(2):138-148. PMID: 24999293
  • A leptin-mediated central mechanism in analgesia-enhanced opioid reward in rats.Lim G, Kim H, McCabe MF, Chou CW, Wang S, Chen LL, Marota JJ, Blood A, Breiter HC, Mao J. J Neurosci. 2014. 34(29):9779-88. doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.0386-14.2014. PMID: 25031415.
  • Optimizing real time fMRI neurofeedback for therapeutic discovery and development.Stoeckel LE, Garrison KA, Ghosh S, Wighton P, Hanlon CA, Gilman JM, Greer S, Turk-Browne NB, deBettencourt MT, Scheinost D, Craddock C, Thompson T, Calderon V, Bauer CC, George M, Breiter HC, Whitfield-Gabrieli S, Gabrieli JD, LaConte SM, Hirshberg L, Brewer JA, Hampson M, Van Der Kouwe A, Mackey S, Evins AE. Neuroimage Clin. 2014. 5:245-55. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2014.07.002. eCollection 2014. PMID: 25161891.
  • Alterations in brain activation during cognitive empathy are related to social functioning in schizophrenia. Smith MJ, Schroeder MP, Abram SV, Goldman MB, Parrish TB, Wang X, Derntl B, Habel U, Decety J, Reilly JL, Csernansky JG, and Breiter HC. Schizophr Bull. 2014 March 1. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24583906.
  • Who is driving your NPS? : Understanding patterns of behavior to explain ayes and nays. Viswanathan V, Block MP, Blood A, Breiter H, Calder B, Raman K, Schultz DE. Internat J Integ Marketing Comm. 2013. 5(2): 43-51.
  • Cannabis-related working memory deficits and associated subcortical morphological differences in healthy individuals and schizophrenia subjects. Smith MJ, Cobia DJ, Wang L, Alpert KI, Cronenwett WJ, Goldman MB, Mamah D, Barch DM, Breiter HC, Csernansky JG.Schizophrenia Bulletin. 2014 Mar; 40(2):287-299.doi:10.1093/schbul/sbt176. ISSN: 05867614
  • Cannabis use is quantitatively associated with nucleus accumbens and amygdala abnormalities in young adult recreational users. Jodi M. Gilman; John K. Kuster; Sang Lee; Myung Joo Lee; Byoung Woo Kim; Nikos Makris; Andre van der Kouwe; Anne J. Blood; Hans C. Breiter. Journal of Neuroscience. 2014; 34(16):5529-5538.
  • The relationship between self-report of depression and media usage. Martin Block; Daniel B. Stern; Kalyan Raman; Sang Lee; Jim Carey; Ashlee A. Humphreys; Frank Mulhern; Bobby Calder; Don Schultz; Charles N. Rudick; et al. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 2014; 8:1-10.
  • Performance-based empathy mediates the influence of working memory on social competence in Schizophrenia. Matthew J. Smith; William P. Horan; Derin J. Cobia; Tatiana M. Karpouzian; Jaclyn M. Fox; James L. Reilly; Hans C. Breiter. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 2014; 40(4):824-834.
  • Resting-state brain function in schizophrenia and psychotic bipolar probands and their first-degree relatives. S. Lui; L. Yao; Y. Xiao; S.K. Keedy; J.L. Reilly; R.S. Keefe; C.A. Tamminga; M.S. Keshavan; G.D. Pearlson; Q. Gong; et al. Psychological Medicine. 2014.
  • Performance-based empathy mediates the influence of working memory on social competence in Schizophrenia. Matthew J. Smith; William P. Horan; Derin J. Cobia; Tatiana M. Karpouzian; Jaclyn M. Fox; James L. Reilly; Hans C. Breiter. Schizophrenia Bulletin. 2014; 40(4):824-834.
  • Empathy, depressive symptoms, and social functioning among individuals with schizophrenia. Amy C. Abramowitz; Emily J. Ginger; Jackie K. Gollan; Matthew J. Smith. Psychiatry Research. 2014; 216(3):325-332.
  • Accurate perception of negative emotions predicts functional capacity in schizophrenia. Samantha V. Abram; Tatiana M. Karpouzian; James L. Reilly; Birgit Derntl; Ute Habel; Matthew J. Smith Psychiatry Research. 2014; 216(1):6-11.
  • Clinical implications of alcohol-use disorders in schizophrenia. Matthew J. Smith; John G. Csernansky. Neuropsychiatry. 2012; 2(3):239-252.
  • Thought, feeling, and action in real time - Monitoring of drug use in schizophrenia. John G. Csernansky; Matthew J. Smith. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2011; 168(2):120-122.

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