Pearl Chiu recognized as Scholar of the Week

Pearl Chiu, Ph.D.

Pearl Chiu, Ph.D.

Pearl Chiu, an assistant professor at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, was recognized as Scholar of the Week on the Virginia Tech research website on April 9. The Office of the Vice President for Research gives the honor to Virginia Tech faculty members who are doing outstanding work in their fields. The goal of the program is to recognize individuals while also telling people about research and scholarly activities at the university.

Chiu’s research focuses on why depression and substance abuse occur together so often. She was recognized for her studies into the behavioral and biological basis of human brain function in psychiatric disease. Chiu asks several key questions: 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?