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Silk, Jennifer, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry
412-624-4428
jss4@pitt.edu

Dr. Silk’s research focuses on the role of emotion regulation in anxiety and depression in adolescents, with a focus on the integration of social and neurobiological influences. This involves an examination of (1) how youth with or at risk for these disorders process social emotional information (such as peer rejection or parental criticism), (2) how social processes exacerbate or compensate for neurobiological risk for affective disorders, (3) and how information from developmental social affective neuroscience research can be used to improve current treatments. She is the principal investigator on multiple NIH-funded projects designed to address these questions. 

Selected Publications 

  1. Silk JS, Steinberg L, Morris AS. Adolescents’ emotion regulation in daily life: Links to depressive symptoms and problem behavior. Child Dev. 2003 Nov-Dec;74(6):1869-80. PubMed PMID: 14669901.
  2. Silk JS, Vanderbilt-Adriance E, Shaw DS, Forbes EE, Whalen DJ, Ryan ND, Dahl RE. Resilience among children and adolescents at risk for depression: Mediation and moderation across social and neurobiological contexts.Dev Psychopathol. 2007 Summer;19(3):841-65. PubMed PMID: 17705905.
  3. Silk JS, Dahl RE, Ryan ND, Forbes EE, Axelson DA, Birmaher B, Siegle GJ. Pupillary reactivity to emotional information in child and adolescent depression: Links to clinical and ecological measures. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Dec;164(12):1873-80. PubMed PMID: 18056243. 
  4. Silk JS, Ziegler ML, Whalen DJ, Dahl RE, Ryan ND, Dietz LJ, Birmaher B, Axelson DA, Williamson DE. Expressed emotion in mothers of currently depressed, remitted, high-risk, and low-risk youth: links to child depression status and longitudinal course. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2009 Jan;38(1):36-47. PubMed PMID: 19130356.
  5. Silk JS, Forbes EE, Whalen DJ, Jakubcak JL, Thompson WK, Ryan ND, Axelson DA, Birmaher B, Dahl RE. Understanding daily emotional and social dynamics in depressed youth: A Cell-phone ecological momentary assessment study. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology. (in press). PMID: 21112595.