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Jillian Lee Wiggins, PhD



Research Interests

Maria’s broad interests encompass adaptive development and well-being across the life-span and she uses neuroimaging and neuropsychological tools to investigate vulnerability and resilience to psychopathology. She currently investigates how varying levels of irritability impact vulnerability and resilience in youths. Her long-term goal is to contribute to mechanism-based prevention and intervention development to foster resilience.

Representative Publications
  • Kryza-Lacombe, M., Iturri, N., Monk, C. & Wiggins, J.L. (2019). Face emotion processing in pediatric irritability: Neural mechanisms in youths with and without autism spectrum disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2019.09.002. ePub ahead of print.

  • Kryza-Lacombe, M.*, Kiefer, C.*, Schwartz, K. T. G., Strickland, K., & Wiggins, J. L. (2020). Attention shifting in the context of emotional faces: Disentangling neural mechanisms of irritability from anxiety. Depression and Anxiety. doi: 10.1002/da.23010.  ePub ahead of print. *equal contribution

  • Kryza-Lacombe, M., Brotman, M.A., Reynolds, R.C., Towbin, K., Pine, D.S., Leibenluft, E., & Wiggins, J.L. (2019). Neural mechanisms of face emotion processing in youths and adults with bipolar disorder. Bipolar Disorders, 21(4), 309-320. doi: 10.1111/bdi.12768

  • Kryza-Lacombe, M., Tanzini, E., & O’Neill, S. (2019). Hedonic and eudaimonic motives: Associations with academic achievement and negative emotional states among urban college students. Journal of Happiness Studies, 20,(5), 1323-1341. doi: 10.1007/s10902-018-9994-y

  • San Diego State University Interdisciplinary Graduate Fellowship, 2016 – 2018
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