Ronald E. Dahl, M.D., is the Staunton Professor of Psychiatry and Pediatrics and the Medical
Director of the Child and Adolescent Neurobehavioral Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh.
He is a pediatrician with considerable research interests in the areas of sleep/arousal and affect
regulation and its relevance to development of behavioral and emotional disorders in children and
adolescents. His work focuses on early adolescence and pubertal maturation as a
developmental period with unique opportunities for early intervention in relation to a wide range
of behavioral and emotional health problems. Dr. Dahl co-directs a large program project of
research on child/adolescent depression with more than a decade of funding from the NIMH,
and has received an NIH Independent Scientist Award focused on the interface of sleep, arousal,
affect regulation during adolescent development. This research is interdisciplinary
bridges between basic developmental research and the direct clinical translation regarding early
intervention for affective disorders. He has published extensively on adolescent development,
sleep disorders, and behavioral/emotional health in children.
Leadership Positions and Honors
Outstanding Teacher Award, Child Psychiatry, 1993
NIH Independent Scientist Award, 1996 – 2001 and 2001 - 2006
Core Member, MacArthur Foundation Research Network on Development and Psychobiology,
Core Member, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Research Network on Etiology of Tobacco
Dependence, 1999 - 2004
The National Academies, Institute of Medicine, Workshop Committee on the Synthesis of
Research on Adolescent Health and Development, 2005-2006
Fellow of the Academy, New York Academy of Sciences, 2005
Dahl RE, Spear LP: Adolescent Brain Development: Vulnerabilities and Opportunities.
In: RE Dahl, LP Spear, eds: Ann New York Acad Sci 1021:1-22, 2004.
Forbes EE, Dahl RE: Neural systems of positive affect: Relevance to understanding child
and adolescent depression? Dev Psychopathol 17:827-850, 2005.
Forbes EE, May JC, Siegle GJ, Ladouceur CD, Ryan ND, Carter CS, Birmaher B,
Axelson DA, Dahl RE: Reward-related decision-making in pediatric major depressive disorder:
An fMRI study. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 47:1031-1040, 2006.
Ladouceur CD, Dahl RE, Birmaher B, Axelson DA, Ryan ND: Increased error-related negativity
(ERN) in childhood anxiety disorders: ERP and source localization.
J Child Psychol Psychiatry 47:1073-1082, 2006.
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