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Undergraduate education

Carnegie Mellon University - BS (2009)

Years in MSTP 


PhD program



Richard Davidson, PhD

Thesis title

Cognitive and Neural Responses to Stress in Undergraduates At Risk for Depression: A Midterm Study

Undergraduate and/or masters publications

Westbrook C, Creswell JD, Tabibnia G, Julson E, Kober H, Tindle HA. Mindful attention reduces neural and self-reported cue-induced craving in smokers. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2013 Jan; 8(1):73-84. PMID: 22114078; PMCID: PMC3541484.

PhD publications

Burghy CA, Fox ME, Cornejo MD, Stodola DE, Sommerfeldt SL, Westbrook CA, Van Hulle C, Schmidt NL, Goldsmith HH, Davidson RJ, Birn RM. Experience-Driven Differences in Childhood Cortisol Predict Affect-Relevant Brain Function and Coping in Adolescent Monozygotic Twins. Sci Rep. 2016 Nov 22;6:37081. PMID: 27872489; PMCID: PMC5181835.

Light SN, Moran ZD, Swander L, Le V, Cage B, Burghy C, Westbrook C, Greishar L, Davidson RJ. Electromyographically assessed empathic concern and empathic happiness predict increased prosocial behavior in adults. Biol Psychol. 2015 Jan;104:116-29. PMID: 25486408; PMCID: PMC5104350.

Schalick WO, Westbrook C, Young B. Communication with Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities and Psychiatric Disabilities: A Summary of the Literature. University of Michigan, Michigan Retirement Research Center Working Papers. 2012 Aug;wp264.

Tabibnia G, Creswell JD, Kraynak T, Westbrook C, Julson E, Tindle HA. Common prefrontal regions activate during self-control of craving, emotion, and motor impulses in smokers. Clin Psychol Sci. 2014 Sep;2(5):611-619. PMID: 25485181; PMCID: PMC4255331.