Career Development Institute for Psychiatry
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Erika E. Forbes, PhD

Dr. Forbes' research addresses the regulation and dysregulation of positive affect and the processing of reward in childhood depression. Her current project involves a study of low activation of in reward-related brain areas, low subjective experience of positive affect in natural settings as measured by ecological momentary assessment, and the relationship of the fMRI-revealed brain activation to seeking and experiencing positive affects in natural settings.


  • Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pittsburgh, PA

Education & Training

  • PhD, 2003, University of Pittsburgh, Psychology