Pearl Chiu

Pearl Chiu, PhD

Curriculum Vitae

Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Associate Professor of Psychology, College of Science, Virginia Tech

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Medicine, Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine

How is it that a depressed individual may value nothing at all, whereas an addict might value drug consumption at the expense of all else? What quantitative neurobehavioral measures of motivation, social function, and emotion may be useful for clinical assessment? What makes some people especially vulnerable to peer pressure?

To address these and related questions, the Chiu Laboratory examines the neurobiology of human motivation and social decision-making. Researchers in the Chiu Laboratory focus on how such processes may be perturbed and rehabilitated in psychiatric populations.

Ongoing projects use multiple converging methods, such as behavior, self-report, clinical interviews, computational models, and fMRI to: 1) identify neural circuitry involved in healthy decision-making; 2) specify how these pathways go awry in clinical populations marked by deficits in valuation and motivation, such as major depression, addiction, PTSD, and autism; and 3) develop biologically-informed interventions to remediate these functional deficits.

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Education and Training

  • Baylor College of Medicine: Postdoctoral fellowship
  • Harvard University: PhD, Psychology (Clinical Psychology, Experimental Psychopathology)

Previous Positions

  • Baylor College of Medicine
    Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Psychiatry

Awards and Honors

  • Source of the Week, National Public Radio, 2015
  • Scholar of the Week, Virginia Tech, 2012
  • Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS), National Institute of Mental Health, 2010
  • American Psychological Association Diversity in Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellowship, 2006
  • Dissertation Completion Merit Fellowship, Harvard University, 2004
  • Student Poster Award, Society for Psychophysiological Research, 2004
  • Harvard University Graduate Society Dissertation Merit Fellowship, 2003
  • Sackler Fellowship in Psychobiology, 2001
  • Vincent Prize, 2001
  • Bok Certificate of Distinction in Teaching, Harvard University, 2001
  • Stimson Prize for Research, Harvard University, 2000
  • Certificate in Mind, Brain, Behavior, Harvard University, 1998
  • John Harvard Certificate of Merit, Harvard University, 1998

Selected Publications

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