Welcome to the Adolescent Brain Function Lab! 

We are a team of researchers at the University of Minnesota who study how brain functioning impacts thoughts and behaviors in adolescents. 

Our research aims to better understand the relationship between brain functioning, symptoms of depression, and suicidal thoughts and behaviors during the teenage years, when the brain is developing and changing rapidly.  We use a number of different techniques to measure how the brain’s functions change when a person is experiencing depression as well as suicidal thoughts and urges.  The goal of our research is to develop improved ways of assessing depression and suicidal thoughts and behaviors in teens, and ultimately to develop improved treatments that reduce risks and improve mental health for adolescents.

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Adolesccents/Young Adults
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