Gayathri Pandey, PhD

Gayathri Pandey, PhD

Assistant Professor
Henri Begleiter Neurodynamics Laboratory
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences

Dr. Pandey is a social neuroscientist interested in studying the associations among social relationships, brain function, and mental health across the lifespan. Her research adapts a biopsychosocial approach to the study of mental health and illness with a special focus on factors that promote resilience and mitigate risk. She has extensive interdisciplinary training in clinical psychology, neuroscience & education, and social & personality psychology. Her program of research focuses on examining the interplay of social-environmental influences (e.g., social relationships), brain function (e.g., executive functions) and familial risk factors (e.g., family history) in mental health disorders (e.g., substance use disorders) across the lifespan (e.g., adolescence to later life).

Dr. Pandey is the first recipient of the prestigious and highly competitive NIH sponsored TRANSPORT (TRANSlational Program Of health disparities Research Training) fellowship at SUNY DHSU. She is also the first PRODiG (Promoting Recruitment, Opportunity, Diversity, Inclusion & Growth) faculty in the department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at SUNY DHSU. She was also awarded a seed grant by the office of the Senior Vice President of Research at SUNY DHSU and recently she has received a K01 award from NIA/NIAAA. She is also a co-investigator on multiple R01 and U01 grants. Her recent published research on the protective role of parent-child bonding in promoting healthy neurocognitive functioning among high-risk offspring from families enriched with alcohol use disorder has been recognized as an article of public interest and has been featured on Psychology Today, Neuroscience News, and on the Thriving Minds podcast.

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (Brain function & substance use disorders), State University of New York Health Sciences University, Brooklyn, NY
  • Ph.D. (Social & Personality Psychology), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.A. (Psychology), Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
  • M.S. (Neuroscience & Education), Columbia University, New York, NY
  • M.Sc. (Clinical Psychology), Bangalore University, KA, India
  • B.A. (Psychology, English Literature, Journalism), Bangalore University, KA, India
  • K01-AA030610 (2024-2029), Pandey, G. (Principal Investigator), NIH/NIAAA, Interplay of parenting, genetics, and brain function in trajectories of resilience and risk for alcohol use disorder among high-risk adolescents and young adults.
  • U10AA008401 (2019-2024), Pandey, G. (Co-Investigator), NIH/NIAAA, Collaborative study on the genetics of alcoholism (COGA).
  • R01AA030010 (2022-2027), Pandey, G. (Co-Investigator), NIA/NIAAA, genetic relationships between PTSD and Alcohol Use Disorder: Integrating GWAS and deeply phenotyped longitudinal data.
  • Pandey, G.*, Kuo, S. I., Horne-Osipenko, K. O., Pandey, A. K., Kamarajan, C., Saenz de Viteri, S., Kinreich, S., Chorlian, D. B., Kuang, W., Stephenson, M., Kramer, J., Anokhin, A., Zang, Y., Kuperman, S., Hesselbrock, V., Schuckit, M., Dick, D., Chan, G., McCutcheon, V., Edenberg, H., Bucholz, K. K., Meyers, J. L., Porjesz, B. (2023). Associations of parent-adolescent closeness with P3 amplitude, frontal theta, and binge drinking among offspring with high-risk for alcohol use disorder. Alcohol: Clinical and Experimental Research. DOI: 10.1111/acer.14973. *Selected as Article of Public Interest.
  • Pandey, G., Seay, M., Meyers, J. L., Chorlian, D. B., Pandey, A. K., Kamarajan, C., Pitti, D., Ehrenberg, M., Kinreich, S., Subbie-Saenz deViteri, S., Acion, L., Anokhin, A., Bauer, L., Chan, G., Edenberg, H., Hesselbrock, V., Kuperman, S., McCutcheon, V., Bucholz, K., Schuckit, M., Porjesz, B. (2020). Density and dichotomous family history measures of alcohol use disorder as predictors of behavioral and neural phenotypes: A comparative study across gender and race/ethnicity. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research. DOI: 10.1111/acer.14280.
  • Pandey, G., Zayas, V. (2021). What is a face worth? Facial attractiveness biases experience-based monetary decision-making. British Journal of Psychology. DOI: 10.1111/bjop.12495.
  • Subbie-Saenz de Viteri, S., Pandey, A. K., Pandey, G., Kamarajan, C., Smith, R., Anokhin, A., Bauer, L., Bender, , Chan, G., Dick, D., Edinburg, H., Kinreich, S., Kramer, J., Schuckit, M., Zang, Y., McCutcheon, V., Bucholz, K., Porjesz, B., Meyers, J. (2020). Pathways to post-traumatic stress disorder and alcohol dependence: Trauma, executive functioning, and family history of alcoholism in adolescents and young adults. Brain & Behavior.
  • Stephenson, M., Aliev, F., I-Chun Kuo, S., Edwards, A.C., Pandey, G., Su, J., Kamarajan, C., Dick, D., & Salvatore, J.E. (2022). The role of adolescent social relationships in promoting alcohol resistance: Interrupting the intergenerational transmission of alcohol misuse. Development and Psychopathology.
  • Zayas, V., Pandey, G., & Tabak, J. (2017). Red roses and gift chocolates increase in positivity in the U.S. near Valentine’s Day: Evidence of naturally occurring cultural priming. Frontiers in Psychology, 8: 355.
  • Zayas, V., Mischel, W., & Pandey, G. (2014). Mind and Brain in Delay of Gratification. In V. Reyna, V. Zayas, (Eds.), The Neuroscience of Risky Decision Making (pp. 145-176). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
  • Zayas, V., Gunaydin, G., & Pandey, G. (2013). Persistence: What does research on self-regulation and delay of gratification have to say? Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 36(6), 706-707.

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