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Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) - BSC Counselor - Dr. Beatriz Luna, Ph.D.

Beatriz Luna is Professor of Psychiatry at the Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Laboratory of Neurocognitive Development. Dr. Luna’s research focuses on the changes in brain function that subserve the acquisition of higher-order cognition from late childhood through adolescence in normal development and in neuropsychiatric disturbances, including autism. Dr. Luna has published in a variety of peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Neuroscience, Archives of General Psychiatry, Neuroimage, and Journal of Biological Psychiatry. She is a recipient of The Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers and was voted a fellow of the Association for Psychological Science.

Expertise: developmental neuroscience, brain circuitry underlying higher-order cognition, spatial working memory, prototype formation, fMRI, DTI, ocular methods.