Pittsburgh Clinical Application of Neuroscience Laboratory

University of Pittsburgh | Department of Pyschiatry

About CANlab

**CANLab is hiring!! We are seeking a new full-time Research Specialist. More info and the link to apply can be found here. Members of underrepresented groups in STEM are especially encouraged to apply!**

We are a research laboratory within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. We are dedicated to pushing the field of cognitive neuroscience towards a more direct clinical impact. Our research asks questions such as: Can we develop effective new treatments and synergistic treatment combinations that are based on a growing understanding of how the brain works? Can we use individual differences in neurocognitive processes to match specific people to specific treatments?

We ask these questions primarily in the context of affective conditions such as anxiety, depression, compulsive behaviors, and suicidality. To measure the way the brain processes information, we utilize methods including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), neuropsychological and behavioral testing, eyetracking, and pupilometry.  For more information on our ongoing studies, please see “Research Studies.” Contact us for more information or click here to learn more about the people in CANlab.

The Pittsburgh CANLab aims to foster a kind, supportive, and inclusive environment that contributes to and upholds the quality of our research. We are committed to being actively anti-racist and seek to be a force for identifying and eliminating any form of discrimination based on age, sex, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, disability, socioeconomic status, or other individual or cultural characteristic. We strive to conduct research that will help us better learn, understand, and act to improve our community and our world. All are welcome here.

Pitt undergraduates who are eligible for Federal work-study are welcomed to inquire with us about paid, part-time research internships in CANLab!  Click here for more information about Federal work-study. 


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CANlab News and Announcements

NPR Morning Edition story on CANLab research: “Smiling faces might help the drug ketamine keep depression at bay”

Dr. Woody publishes study of avoidance bias predicting adolescent depression

Dr. Brown publishes findings on reinforcement learning mechanisms of CBT in JAMA Psychiatry

CANLab staffer Becca Rohac wins poster award at WPH Research Day 2021 for her poster presenting findings from the Ketamine Infusion following Suicide Attempt study

In the American Journal of Psychiatry, Dr. Price and her collaborators report on findings from a study pairing Theta Burst Stimulation with training in habit override among patients with compulsive behavior disorders

Dr. Price Receives R01 Grant from NIMH to Address Critical Need for Rapid-Acting Interventions for Severe Suicide Risk 

Dr. Woody Receives “Rising Star” Award from the Association for Psychological Science

Dr. Price Receives 2021 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award for Junior Scholars (announcement here) 

CANLab’s Drs. Woody, Price, and Vaughn-Coaxum Find Attention Bias Modification (ABM) is Associated with Reduction in Pupillary Response to Threat Stimuli During Initial and Intermediate Stages of Processing

New Study by Dr. Price and Dr. Brown Assesses the Reliability of Computational Models to Measure Decision-Making Processes Relating to Compulsivity   

Dr. Price is Promoted to Associate Professor of Psychiatry by the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine  

 New Study by Dr Price, Dr. Woody, and Colleagues Sheds Light on Why Some People Don’t Respond to Computer-Based Intervention for Anxiety 


 Dr. Price Receives the Laurel E. Zaks Memorial Fund Award for Novel Treatments for Depression and Suicidality

  Dr. Price and Colleagues Develop New Analysis Method to Improve Research on Attention Bias in Anxiety


  Dr. Price Selected to Present at the 2019 Senior Vice Chancellor’s Research Seminar

 Dr. Price is Awarded a Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) Grant from the National Institute of Mental Health



Affiliated Labs


Translational Neuropsychopharmacology & Neuroimaging Lab


 Program in Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (PICAN)


Ahmari Translational OCD Laboratory

Families, Emotions, Neuroscience & Development (FEND) Lab