David A. Kattan

Hunter College
Graduation Status: 


I am currently a candidate for a PhD in Integrative Neuroscience, Psychology at Stony Brook University, working under the supervision of Dr. Turhan Canli. We use fMRI to examine whether loneliness along with individual differences can predict activation in the ventral striatum and regions associated with perspective-taking in older and younger adults. My undergraduate research was in the biological predisposition to coping mechanisms and psychotherapy outcome. During my senior year I conducted research in the Regulation of Emotion in Anxiety and Depression (READ) Lab under the supervision of Dr. Douglass Mennin. In the READ lab I completed my honors thesis that focuses on the role of adaptive and maladaptive emotion regulation techniques in prediction of anxiety and depression. In the future, I would like to earn a doctoral degree in clinical psychology with an emphasis on neuroscience research. Ultimately, I would like to pursue a research career that will allow me to study and develop tailored mental health interventions.

Awards and Honors: 

Benjamin A. Gilman Scholarship 2013 Hunter College Merit Scholarship 2012 Philip & Aida Siff Scholarship 2012 Psi Chi, 2010 Thomas Hunter Honors Program, 2009-2012 Mother’s Day Scholar, Hunter College, 2009-2013 Dean’s List, Hunter College, 2008 – 2012 Alfred Harcourt Fellowship 2009 – 2012 NIMH-COR Fellowship 2010 – 2011 NIH BP-ENDURE Fellowship 2011 – 2013


Segal, K. S., Stark, M. S., Kattan, D., Stark. E. C., & Yassa, A. M. (2012). Norepinephrine-mediated emotional arousal facilitates subsequent pattern separation, Neurobiology of Learning and Memory. doi: 10.1016/j.nlm.2012.03.010.

Presentation Summary:

  • Kattan, D., D’Agostino, A, Canli T. (Expected: May, 2015). Aging is correlated with decreased activation in the left superior temporal sulcus in a theory of mind task. Poster will be presented at Association for Psychological Science. New York, NY.
  • Kattan, D., Mennin, D.S., Fresco, M.D., & Aldao, A. (October, 2012). Phasic Heart Rate Variability Changes Predict Clinical Outcomes Of Emotion Regulation Therapy For Generalized Anxiety Disorder And Comorbid Depression. Poster presented at SFN 2012
  • Kattan, D., Avery, S., VanDerKlok, R., & Blackford, J. (November, 2011) Temperament differences in scanning patterns of faces. Poster presented at Society For Neuroscience. Washington, DC.
  • Kattan, D., Sebastian, V., Vergel, T., & Serrano, P. (May, 2011) PKM Utilization During Learning: A Molecular Mechanism for Sex Differences in Long-Term Spatial Memory. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science. Washington, DC.
  • Also presented at Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology (CUDCP) Diversifying Clinical Psychology. January 2011, Nashville, TN.
  • Kattan, D., Segal, S., Yassa, M., & Stark, C. (November, 2010) Emotion and Discrimination: A role for norepinephrine. Poster presented at the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students. Charlotte, NC.
  • Segal, S., Stark, S., Kattan, D., Stark. C., & Yassa, M. (submitted) Norepinephrine-mediated emotional arousal facilitates subsequent pattern separation. Learning & Memory.