The BRAINS Lab (Brain Research And INternalizing Symptoms) directed by Dr. Antonia Kaczkurkin at Vanderbilt University uses neuroimaging and psychophysiological methods to study the neurobiological mechanisms underlying internalizing disorders including anxiety and depression. Our broader goal is to contribute to knowledge that can be used to increase the accuracy of diagnosis and treatment for brain-based disorders.

Broad Areas of Interest



Measuring the dimensional rather than categorical nature of psychopathology symptoms.


Studying brain-behavior relationships in samples with naturally occurring comorbidities


Hierarchical classification

Investigating the hierarchical classification of symptoms using statistical modeling.

Common and Dissociable Neurobiology

Examining the neurobiological commonalities shared across disorders as well as unique associations.

Neurobiological Heterogeneity

Understanding the neurobiological heterogeneity that exists within psychopathology.



Camille Archer joins the BRAINS Lab. She will be pursuing her PhD in clinical psychology. Welcome to the team!

Gabby's manuscript, "Atypical Functional Network Properties and Associated Dimensions of Psychopathology and During Rest and Task Performance" has been accepted for publication in Biological Psychiatry Global Open Science! This study used graph theory to define network metrics which she then related to psychopathology dimensions. Congrats Gabby!

We have three RAs joining for the summer: Isabella Jackson, Ralph Francois, and Zoe Chang. Welcome!