Professional Education

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of California Berkeley (2006)
  • Doctor of Philosophy, University of California San Diego (2012)

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  • Feasibility and Preliminary Efficacy of a Novel RDoC-Based Treatment Program for Adolescent Depression: "Training for Awareness Resilience and Action" (TARA)-A Pilot Study FRONTIERS IN PSYCHIATRY Blom, E. H., Tymofiyeva, O., Chesney, M. A., Ho, T. C., Moran, P., Connolly, C. G., Duncan, L. G., Baldini, L., Weng, H. Y., Acree, M., Goldman, V., Hecht, F. M., Yang, T. T. 2017; 7
  • Resting-state functional connectivity of the amygdala and longitudinal changes in depression severity in adolescent depression JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS Connolly, C. G., Ho, T. C., Blom, E. H., LeWinn, K. Z., Sacchet, M. D., Tymofiyeva, O., Simmons, A. N., Yang, T. T. 2017; 207: 86-94
  • DTI-based connectome analysis of adolescents with major depressive disorder reveals hypoconnectivity of the right caudate JOURNAL OF AFFECTIVE DISORDERS Tymofiyeva, O., Connolly, C. G., Ho, T. C., Sacchet, M. D., Blom, E. H., LeWinn, K. Z., Xu, D., Yang, T. T. 2017; 207: 18-25
  • Large-Scale Hypoconnectivity Between Resting-State Functional Networks in Unmedicated Adolescent Major Depressive Disorder NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY Sacchet, M. D., Ho, T. C., Connolly, C. G., Tymofiyeva, O., LeWinn, K. Z., Han, L. K., Blom, E. H., Tapert, S. F., Max, J. E., Frank, G. K., Paulus, M. P., Simmons, A. N., Gotlib, I. H., Yang, T. T. 2016; 41 (12): 2951-2960


    Major depressive disorder (MDD) often emerges during adolescence, a critical period of brain development. Recent resting-state fMRI studies of adults suggest that MDD is associated with abnormalities within and between resting-state networks (RSNs). Here we tested whether adolescent MDD is characterized by abnormalities in interactions among RSNs. Participants were 55 unmedicated adolescents diagnosed with MDD and 56 matched healthy controls. Functional connectivity was mapped using resting-state fMRI. We used the network-based statistic (NBS) to compare large-scale connectivity between groups and also compared the groups on graph metrics. We further assessed whether group differences identified using nodes defined from functionally defined RSNs were also evident when using anatomically defined nodes. In addition, we examined relations between network abnormalities and depression severity and duration. Finally, we compared intranetwork connectivity between groups and assessed the replication of previously reported MDD-related abnormalities in connectivity. The NBS indicated that, compared with controls, depressed adolescents exhibited reduced connectivity (p<0.024, corrected) between a specific set of RSNs, including components of the attention, central executive, salience, and default mode networks. The NBS did not identify group differences in network connectivity when using anatomically defined nodes. Longer duration of depression was significantly correlated with reduced connectivity in this set of network interactions (p=0.020, corrected), specifically with reduced connectivity between components of the dorsal attention network. The dorsal attention network was also characterized by reduced intranetwork connectivity in the MDD group. Finally, we replicated previously reported abnormal connectivity in individuals with MDD. In summary, adolescents with MDD show hypoconnectivity between large-scale brain networks compared with healthy controls. Given that connectivity among these networks typically increases during adolescent neurodevelopment, these results suggest that adolescent depression is associated with abnormalities in neural systems that are still developing during this critical period.

    View details for DOI 10.1038/npp.2016.76

    View details for Web of Science ID 000385212700017

    View details for PubMedID 27238621

  • The neuroscience and context of adolescent depression. Acta paediatrica Henje Blom, E., Ho, T. C., Connolly, C. G., LeWinn, K. Z., Sacchet, M. D., Tymofiyeva, O., Weng, H. Y., Yang, T. T. 2016; 105 (4): 358-365


    Adolescent depression is a growing public health concern with an increased risk of negative health outcomes, including suicide. The use of antidepressants and psychotherapy has not halted its increasing prevalence, and there is a critical need for effective prevention and treatment. We reviewed the neuroscience of adolescent depression, with a focus on the neurocircuitry of sustained threat and summarised contextual factors that have an impact on brain development and the pathophysiology of depression. We also reviewed novel treatment models.Attention to the relevant neurocircuitry and contextual factors implicated in adolescent depression is necessary to advance prevention and treatment development.

    View details for DOI 10.1111/apa.13299

    View details for PubMedID 26663379

  • Fusiform Gyrus Dysfunction is Associated with Perceptual Processing Efficiency to Emotional Faces in Adolescent Depression: A Model-Based Approach FRONTIERS IN PSYCHOLOGY Ho, T. C., Zhang, S., Sacchet, M. D., Weng, H., Connolly, C. G., Blom, E. H., Han, L. K., Mobayed, N. O., Yang, T. T. 2016; 7