David T. Hsu, PhD

Assistant Professor

Phone: (631) 638-1522

Curriculum Vitae

Social acceptance into groups and intimate relationships is critical for survival and emotional well-being.  Thus we often respond strongly when this need is threatened, such as during social rejection (i.e., when one is not wanted or liked).  However, why do some people become more depressed or anxious following social rejection, while others become more impulsive, aggressive, and/or prone to substance use?  I am currently using neuroimaging methods (PET and fMRI) to identify patterns of neural activity during social rejection and acceptance that predict these changes in behavior.  My long-term goals are to a) determine how neural responses to social cues are associated with changes in mood, cognition, and behavior, b) identify gene x environment interactions that are critical in shaping these responses, and c) investigate how abnormal responses to social cues contribute to psychiatric disorders.

Education: BA (Biology, Psychology) Rutgers University
New Brunswick, NJ
PhD (Biological Psychology)
University of Wisconsin
Madison, WI
Postdoctoral Training: Neural tract tracing of stress pathways in non-human primates Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO
PET and fMRI studies of stress and mood disorders in humans
University of Michigan
Ann Arbor, MI
Honors and Awards: HealthEmotions Research Institute Symposium Scholar 2003
Outstanding Mentor (Siemens Westinghouse Competition Semi-Finalist) 2005
NARSAD Young Investigator Award 2011
Research Interests: neural pathways linking stress with psychiatric disorders
social rejection, acceptance, and support
the endogenous opioid system
PET and fMRI
genetic variations
Publications: Medline Search