Research Instructor in Psychiatry
Education and Training
PHD: University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
MA: San Diego State University, San Diego, California
BA: University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wisconsin
2012-2014 NIMH Career Development Institute for Psychiatric Research Awardee
2010-2012 Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Fellow in Childhood Depression
2007 Summer Institute Fellow, 20th Annual Summer Institute in Cognitive Neuroscience, University of California, Santa Barbara, CA
2004-2006 Chancellor's Graduate Student Award, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Areas of Clinical Interest
Early childhood mental health
Mindfulness and parenting
Areas of Research Interests
The development of emotion regulation in healthy and depressed preschoolers.
fMRI studies of emotion regulation and functional brain network development in healthy and depressed preschoolers.
Gene x environment interactions in children at increased risk for depression.
Translational research bridging neuroscience and prevention/intervention efforts in young children.
Gaffrey MS, Luby JL, Belden AC, Hirshberg JS, Volsch J, Barch DM (2011 Mar). Association between depression severity and amygdala reactivity during sad face viewing in depressed preschoolers: an fMRI study. J Affect Disord. 129(1-3): 364-70. Full Article ->
Gaffrey, M.S., Luby, J.L., Repovš, G., Belden, A.C., Botteron, K.N., Luking, K.R., & Barch, D.M. (2010). Subgenual cingulate connectivity in children with a history of preschool-depression. NeuroReport, 21(18), 1182-1188. Full Article ->
Gaffrey MS, Belden AC, Luby JL (2011 Oct). The 2-week duration criterion and severity and course of early childhood depression: implications for nosology. J Affect Disord. 133(3): 537-45. Full Article ->
Gaffrey, M.S., Luby, J.L., Botteron, K., Repovš, G., & Barch, D.M. (2012 Apr). Default Mode Network connectivity in children with a history of preschool-depression. J Child Psychol and Psychiatry. Full Article ->
Gaffrey MS, Luby JL, Barch DM (2012 Jun 30). Towards the study of functional brain development in depression: An Interactive Specialization approach. Neurobiol Dis. Full Article ->
Gaffrey, M.S., Barch, D.M., Singer, J., Shenoy, R., & Luby, J.L. (in press). Disrupted amygdala reactivity in depressed 4-6-year-old children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry
Funded Research Projects
Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Fellowship (PI): Neural circuitry of Preschool Onset Major Depressive Disorder
McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience (PI): Functional brain activity and organization in preschool age children with a history of maternal depression
NIMH K23 (PI): Functional brain network development in early childhood depression