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Andy Belden, PhD

Current Position
Research Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles
Scientist, Early Emotional Development Program

Education and Training
1997 - 2000 B.A., Psychology, University of Missouri-St. Louis; St. Louis, Missouri, Graduated cum laude

2000 - 2003 M.S. (R), Applied Experimental Psychology, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

2003 - 2006 Ph.D., Developmental Psychology & Minor in Statistics/Research Methods, Saint Louis University, St. Louis, Missouri

2006-2008 NIMH Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine (Psychiatry Department), St. Louis Missouri

2006-2008 Trainee in the Psychiatric Epidemiology and Biostatistics Program, Washington University School of Medicine (Psychiatry Department), St. Louis Missouri

2008-2009 NIH Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Developmental Affective Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine (Psychiatry Department), St. Louis Missouri

Major Awards
2004 Gayle and Richard Olson Award for research excellence in Applied-Experimental Psychology (Thesis), Saint Louis University

2007 Gayle and Richard Olson Award for research excellence in Applied-Experimental Psychology (Dissertation), Saint Louis University

2008 Awardee, 8th Annual NIMH Career Development Institute Scholarship (co-sponsored by the University of Pittsburgh and Stanford University)


Areas of Research Interests
Identifying and characterizing neurodevelopmental substrates of cognitive emotion regulation strategies during early childhood-
Examining biological and behavioral markers of unipolar and bipolar depression in preschool age children-
Investigating neural and behavioral developmental processes associated with adaptive/maladaptive parenting strategies used by caregivers with healthy vs. mood disordered children.


Key Publications
Luby JL, Si X, Belden AC, Tandon M, Spitznagel E (2009 Aug). Preschool depression: homotypic continuity and course over 24 months. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 66(8): 897-905.  Full Article ->

Luby JL, Belden AC (2008 Dec). Clinical characteristics of bipolar vs. unipolar depression in preschool children: an empirical investigation. J Clin Psychiatry. 69(12): 1960-9.  Full Article ->

Belden AC, Thomson NR, Luby JL (2008 Jan). Temper tantrums in healthy versus depressed and disruptive preschoolers: defining tantrum behaviors associated with clinical problems. J Pediatr. 152(1): 117-22.  Full Article ->

Belden AC, Sullivan JP, Luby JL (2007 Sep). Depressed and healthy preschoolers' internal representations of their mothers' caregiving: associations with observed caregiving behaviors one year later. Attach Hum Dev. 9(3): 239-54.  Full Article ->

Luby J, Belden A (2006 Fall). Defining and validating bipolar disorder in the preschool period. Dev Psychopathol. 18(4): 971-88.  Full Article ->

Belden AC, Luby JL (2006 Feb). Preschoolers' depression severity and behaviors during dyadic interactions: the mediating role of parental support. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 45(2): 213-22.  Full Article ->


Funded Research Projects
NIMH(PI):Neurobehavioral Correlates of Emotion Regulation in Healthy & Depressed Children

McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience (PI): Neurobiological Correlates of Cognitive Emotion Regulation in Healthy Children

NIMH(Key Personnel):Preschool Mood Disorders: Developmental Continuity and School Age Outcomes

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