Diana Whalen

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Education & Training


  • Postdoctoral T32 Fellowship: Washington University, St. Louis, MO, 2017
  • PhD: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2014
  • BS: University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA, 2005

Major Awards


  • NIMH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award (K23 MH118426), 2018
  • NIMH Loan Repayment Award (L30 MH108015), 2015
  • David H. Barlow, Ph.D. Grand Rounds Speakership Award, University of Mississippi Medical Center, 2014
  • Bassell Outstanding Student Award, University of Pittsburgh, 2013

Research Interests


Dr. Whalen’s research broadly examines the complex relationships between physical and mental health in young children, highlighting the positive role of physical activity on the developing brain and affective systems.

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Key Publications


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Funded Research Projects


NIMH(Significant Contributor):Neuroimaging in Early Onset Depression: Longitudinal Assessment of Brain Changes
Office of the Director(Significant Contributor): Mediators and Moderators of Effects of Environmental Exposures on Neurodevelopment and Health Outcomes in Early Childhood
NICHD(Significant Contributor):Neural Correlates and Behavioral Indicators of Resiliency in Early Childhood
NIMH(Significant Contributor):Early Life Adversity, Biological Embedding, & Risk for Developmental Precursors of Mental Disorders
NIMH(PI):Influence of Physical Activity on Daily Positive Affect & Affective Neural Activity in Preschoolers
NIMH(Significant Contributor):The Developmental Psychopathology of Suicidal Ideations and Cognitions in Childhood