Dr. Roee Admon

Affiliation

Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Psychology. The Integrated Brain and Behavior Research Center (IBBR)

Academic background

In his PhD thesis at the Sackler Faculty of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University (2008-2013), Dr. Admon conducted a prospective neuroimaging study that followed a large sample of healthy soldiers in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) before, during, and after exposure to real-life stress in the form of military combat. By that, he was the first to relate individual levels of psychopathology following the stressful military service to both predisposing and acquired elements in the brain’s structure and function. Throughout his post-doctoral training at McLean Hospital & Harvard Medical School (20136-2016) Dr. Admon continued to investigate the neural mechanisms mediating stress vulnerability, with a focus on reward dysfunction as a critical factor in stress-related psychopathology. In October 2016 Dr. Admon accepted a position of senior lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Haifa and established an independent research laboratory.

Research interests

Roee Admon is a Senior Lecturer at the Department of Psychology, University of Haifa. His research focuses on the characterization of the neurobiological mechanisms that underlay stress vulnerability and resiliency in humans as well as on the identification of neuro-psycho-pharmacological mechanisms that can be manipulated to normalize neural function in stress-related psychopathologies including depression and anxiety. His studies integrate behavioral, psychological, physiological, endocrinological and neural (brain function and structure) measures of stress response among healthy as well as psychopathological populations.

A sample project

Enhancement of the Dopamine Reward System to Bolster Stress Resilience: This project builds on our previous work showing that real life stress in the form of combative military service induces reward-related behavioral and neural deficits, but only in a sub-set of vulnerable soldiers who developed depressive/anxiety symptoms following their military service. Importantly, animal studies have shown that stress-induced reward dysfunctions can be prevented by pharmacologically increasing phasic dopamine release prior to stress exposure. Accordingly, the goal of the current study is to test, for the first time, whether enhancement of dopaminergic reward system prior to stress can protect vulnerable individuals from stress-induced reductions in reward processing, bolstering their stress resiliency.

Relevant courses

Department of Psychology, Matlab - introduction, beginners,

Home Page: http://www.hevra.haifa.ac.il/stress-psychopathology