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Mood Trajectories and Outcomes Lab
Pamela Belmonte Mahon, PhD

Pamela Belmonte Mahon, PhD

Pamela is the Associate Vice Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Co-Director of Research Training in the BWH/HMS Psychiatry Residency, and Director of the Mood Trajectories and Outcomes Laboratory. She attended Boston University and obtained her PhD in Psychiatric Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. After completing a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Genetics at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, she pursued advanced training in neuroimaging and stress neuroendocrinology. Dr. Mahon joined the faculty at Johns Hopkins in 2008, moving to Brigham & Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in 2017.

Jessica Busler, PhD

Jessica is currently an Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry and in the Department of Medicine in the Division of Women’s Health. She previously completed a T32 postdoctoral fellowship at the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. She received her PhD in Psychology and Master’s of Probability and Statistics from Auburn University, Auburn, Alabama. Dr. Busler’s current research interests are related to stress and the neurochemistry of obesity, dynamic changes in neurometabolites in response to inhibitory processing, oxidative stress and functional connectivity in mood disorders, the effects of diet on reward circuitry in the brain, and neurocognitive decline in postmenopausal women with obesity.

Marzieh Majd, PharmD, PhD
Affiliated Postdoctoral Fellow

Monica Bennett Fonseka, MS
Research Specialist

Monica is a Research Specialist in the Psychiatry department at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She graduated from McGill University with a B.A.Sc. in Cognitive Science in 2010, then earned her MS in Psychology, specializing in cognitive psychology and psycholinguistics, from UMass Amherst in 2015. Monica has worked in psychiatric and neuroimaging research since joining the department in 2014. Her primary research interests include the intersection of cognition, psychiatry, and neuroscience, in addition to the study of reading and executive function, and related disorders such as dyslexia and ADHD.

Sarah Rose Slate, BA
Senior Research Assistant

Sarah Rose graduated from Skidmore College in 2016 with a BA in Psychology. Prior to joining the Mood Trajectories and Outcomes Laboratory, she worked as a Research Assistant in the Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, focusing on the adoption and spread of electronic safety checklist tools in Intensive Care Units. Her current research interests include circulating sex hormones and oxidative stress, sleep quality and circadian rhythm, and affective processing and aging in Bipolar Disorder.

Rebeca Gutierrez-Lewis

Miriam Caldwell


Katherine Coleman, MS, Research Assistant

Amara Dailey, Summer Intern

Katelyn Elinoff, Research Assistant

Emanuelly Fernandes, Summer Intern

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