Current Research at the Stress, Cognition, Affect, and Neuroimaging (SCAN) Lab

The SCAN Lab's research is based in the desire to understand the development of cognitive and affective brain processes and how these processes are affected by stressful events.

Teenage girl shows visible symptoms of stress

Stress during childhood and adolescence can impact brain development, at times leading to difficulties with regulation of emotions and behaviors, effective coping, thinking, memory, and learning. We also know that it increases risk for developing clinical disorders. These difficulties may in turn influence an individual's ability to perform well at school, at work, and in social situations.

The goal of this project is to examine how stressful life experiences impact brain development in adolescents. We collect this information through interviewing parents and teens, as well as having teens complete cognitive and emotional tasks. The results of this project can help us understand how teens think and feel at different ages and how stress may affect their thinking and feelings. 

Funded by the NIH K23 MH105678, KL2 TR000152, Medical Research Foundation, and Tartar Foundation (pilot funds).

This study is closed to enrollment.

Mother and baby smiling for the camera

Postpartum depression is a major public health concern, with consequences that can be enduring for women and their children. However, few evidence-based preventative interventions are available for women at high risk for developing postpartum depression.

The focus of the Maternal Well-Being Study is to connect women with training in skills that promote well-being, reduce mood symptoms, and improve emotional responding during pregnancy and postpartum. We are currently using neuroimaging (Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI) to examine how a mindfulness-based intervention, MBCT (Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy), for pregnant women who may be at heightened risk for developing depressive symptoms may work to reduce mood symptoms postpartum. 

Funded by the NIH (1R21AT010292-01) and Medical Research Foundation of Oregon.

To learn more about this study or to see if you may be eligible to participate, call the SCAN Lab at (503) 494 - 4476, or e-mail