Chrystal Vergara-Lopez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University and a research scientist in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventative Medicine at The Miriam Hospital. She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University at Buffalo, completed her clinical residency at Rutgers University, and secured an NIH funded post-doctoral fellowship at Brown University. Dr. Vergara-Lopez’s program of research focuses on identifying neurobiological mechanisms that underlie psychopathology and related problems (e.g., substance use). She examines the synergistic and transactional relationships across different manifestations of dysregulation, such as cognitive control and stress reactivity. The ultimate goal of her work is to identify early markers of risk for psychopathology and related problems to help deter the drastic increase in rates of psychopathology and substance involvement observed by the time individuals reach young adulthood.
Currently, Dr. Vergara-Lopez is the recipient of the Advance CTR -Mentored Research Award (MRA) part of a U54 grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences and a NARSAD young investigator award from the Brain and Behavior Foundation. These grants support Dr. Vergara-Lopez’s research in adolescent depression and provide her training in neuroendocrinology, neuroimaging, and advanced statistics.