I am a clinical scientist who uses integrated behavioral, developmental, and neuroscientific methods to understand Major Depression and related affective disorders. In my research laboratory, we are working to understand neurocognitive dysfunction in depression, including abnormalities in the structure, molecular signaling, and coordinated activity of brain networks involved in emotion regulation. We explore these topics from a developmental perspective, with special interest in using neurocognitive risk markers to predict the onset and course of depressive illnesses in teens or young adults. Clinically, we are testing how neurocognitive functioning may be enhanced to foster affective health, with the goal of translating basic science into improved treatment and emotional wellness.
Dr. Kaiser received a dual-Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of Colorado Boulder, completing her predoctoral Clinical Internship at Yale University School of Medicine. After receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Kaiser trained as a postdoctoral Fellow in affective and translational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital in the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research. Dr. Kaiser is now an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at UCLA.
Admon, R.,* Kaiser, R. H.,* Dillon, D. G., Beltzer, M., Goer, F., Olson, D., Vitaliano, G., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (in press). Dopaminergic enhancement of striatal response to reward in Major Depression. American Journal of Psychiatry.
Kaiser, R. H., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Dillon, D. G., Goer, F., Beltzer, M., Minkel, J., Smoski, M., Dichter, G., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2016). Dynamic resting-state functional connectivity in Major Depression. Neuropsychopharmacology, 41(7), 1822-30. doi: 10.1038/npp.2015.352 [Epub]
Kaiser, R. H., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2015). Invited commentary: Dysfunctional connectivity in the depressed adolescent brain. Biological Psychiatry, 78, 594-595. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.08.016
Kaiser, R. H., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Wager, T. D., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2015). Large-scale network dysfunction in major depressive disorder: Meta-analysis of resting-state functional connectivity. Journal of the American Medical Association: Psychiatry, 72(6), 603-11. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0071
Kaiser, R. H., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Metcalf, C. A., & Dimidjian, S. (2015). Dwell or decenter? Rumination and decentering predict working memory updating after interpersonal criticism. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 744. doi: 10.1007/s10608-015-9697
Kaiser, R. H., Andrews-Hanna, J., Spielberg, J. M., Warren, S. L., Sutton, B. P., Miller, G. A., Heller, W., & Banich, M. T. (2015). Distracted and down: Neural substrates and network dynamics of affective interference in subclinical depression. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10(5), 654-663. doi: 0.1093/scan/nsu100
Snyder, H. R., Kaiser, R. H., Whisman, M., & Munakata, Y. (2013). Opposite effects of anxiety and depressive symptoms on executive function: The case of selecting among competing options. Cognition and Emotion, 28, 893-902. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.859568
Andrews-Hanna, J., Kaiser, R. H., Turner, A. J., Reineberg, A., Dimidjian, S., & Banich, M. T. (2013). A penny for your thoughts: Dimensions of self-generated thought content and relationships with individual differences in emotional wellbeing. Frontiers in Emotion Science, 4, 1-13. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00900