Dr Panagiota (Neny) Pervanidou, MD, is currently Assistant Professor of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics in the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens (NKUA), and, since 2007, Head of the Division of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, First Department of Pediatrics, NKUA, School of Medicine, “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, Athens, Greece. Dr Pervanidou completed her residency in Pediatrics and fellowship in Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics in the First Department of Pediatrics, NKUA, “Aghia Sophia” Children’s Hospital, and in Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, USA. She has a Medical Doctorate in the Neuroendocrinology of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents and her Clinical and Research Interests include: Child Development, Stress, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Disorders, Obesity-Metabolism and their neuroendocrine and neurobiological mechanisms. She has authored many peer reviewed articles and book chapters [IF (2016): 182.74; citations: 2.112; h-index:18; i10-index: 27] and has been an Invited Speaker in >100 Conferences.
Dr Pervanidou will be visiting the “Mood, Brain and Development Unit”, National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) in Bethesda, MD (Chief: Dr A. Stringaris) with the aim to be involved in a longitudinal ongoing research project on the pathogenesis of adolescent depression. The specific project on “Stress responses and Reward processing in Children with Neurodevelopmental and Mood Disorders” is based on collected data from the ongoing study and will focus on the role of stress, reward and neurodevelopmental traits and how they contribute to the development, prognosis and treatment of adolescent depression. She aims to gain knowledge and skills from this work, including training on the use of neuroimaging data, multilevel statistical modeling and machine learning approaches to decode facial affect and to disseminate them in the newly founded “Laboratory of Developmental Psychophysiology and Stress Research” (http://dbpeds-lab.med.uoa.gr) of the First Department of Pediatrics, NKUA, in Athens, establishing the development of new collaborative projects between Greece and US.