Keck School Faculty

Bradley Peterson, MD
Bradley Peterson, MD
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry;Director of the Institute for the Developing Mind, the Saban Research Institute (TSRI)
Pediatrics
CHLA 4650 W. Sunset Blvd. Off Campus Los Angeles
Bradley S. Peterson, MD, is the inaugural director of the Institute for the Developing Mind at Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA), as well as Vice Chair for Research and Chief of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in the Department of Psychiatry at the Keck School of Medicine and the University of Southern California. He joined CHLA and USC in July 2014 after 13 years at Columbia University, where he served as the director of the Center for Developmental Neuropsychiatry, the founding director of the MRI Research Program, and the Chief of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. Before that, he spent 12 years at Yale University, where he served as Director of Neuroimaging at the Yale Child Study Center.

His research involves the development and use of neuroimaging technologies to identify the brain bases of psychiatric disorders and the mechanisms of therapeutic response across the life span. Specific disease processes that he studies include Autism, Depression, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, Tourette syndrome, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, Schizophrenia, eating disorders, stuttering, premature birth, and the effects of environmental toxins on brain development.

Dr. Peterson earned his medical degree from the University of Wisconsin Medical School in 1987. He then completed a residency in general psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital in 1990, a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral research fellowship at the Yale Child Study Center in 1992, and a clinical fellowship in child psychiatry at Yale University in 1994. He also trained in adult and child psychoanalysis at Yale and Columbia from 1996-2008.

Keck School of Medicine, USC: Dean’s Teaching Award, 2017

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Outstanding Mentor, 2014

American Psychiatric Association: Blanche Ittleson Award for Research in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012

New York Presbyterian Hospital of Columbia and Cornell Universities: Excellence in Teaching, 2012

Columbia University Center for Psychoanalytic Training and Research: John J. Weber Prize for Outstanding Research, 2007

American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry: Outstanding Mentor, 2006

: Best Doctors in America, 2002-2015

: Alpha Omega Alpha Medical Honors Society, 1986

Desvenlafaxine vsplacebo in the treatment of persistent depressive disorder. J Affect Disord. 2018 Nov 05; 245:403-411. . View in PubMed

Editorial: Data repositories, registries, and standards in the search for valid and reproducible biomarkers J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2018 Sep; 59(9):929-931. . View in PubMed

Magn Reson Imaging. 2018 Jun; 49:101-115. . View in PubMed

Associations Between Brain Structure and Connectivity in Infants and Exposure to Selective Serotonin Reuptake Inhibitors During Pregnancy JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Jun 01; 172(6):525-533. . View in PubMed

Magn Reson Imaging. 2018 Jun; 49:101-115. . View in PubMed

JAMA Pediatr. 2018 Apr 09. . View in PubMed

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Cluster-level statistical inference in fMRI datasets: The unexpected behavior of random fields in high dimensions Magn Reson Imaging. 2018 06; 49:101-115. . View in PubMed

Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2017 Nov; 2(8):696-705. . View in PubMed

Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2017 Nov; 2(8):696-705. . View in PubMed

Cortical interactions during the resolution of information processing demands in autism spectrum disorders Brain Behav. 2017 02; 7(2):e00596. . View in PubMed

Bisphenol A exposure and symptoms of anxiety and depression among inner city children at 10-12 years of age Environ Res. 2016 Nov; 151:195-202. . View in PubMed

Brain laterality, depression and anxiety disorders: New findings for emotional and verbal dichotic listening in individuals at risk for depression Laterality. 2016 Jul - Nov; 21(4-6):525-548. . View in PubMed

Differences in neural activity when processing emotional arousal and valence in autism spectrum disorders Hum Brain Mapp. 2016 Feb; 37(2):443-61. . View in PubMed

Brain laterality, depression and anxiety disorders: New findings for emotional and verbal dichotic listening in individuals at risk for depression Laterality. 2015 Nov 19; 1-24. . View in PubMed

A highly accurate symmetric optical flow based high-dimensional nonlinear spatial normalization of brain images Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 May; 33(4):465-73. . View in PubMed

Anatomical characteristics of the cerebral surface in bulimia nervosa Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Apr 01; 77(7):616-23. . View in PubMed

Affective reactions differ between Chinese and American healthy young adults: a cross-cultural study using the international affective picture system BMC Psychiatry. 2015 Mar 27; 15:60. . View in PubMed

Brain lactate as a potential biomarker for comorbid anxiety disorder in autism spectrum disorder-reply JAMA Psychiatry. 2015 Feb; 72(2):190-1. . View in PubMed

Changes in corticostriatal connectivity during reinforcement learning in humans Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Feb; 36(2):793-803. . View in PubMed

Differing default mode network activities in men with homosexual or heterosexual preferences J Sex Med. 2014 Oct; 11(10):2474-84. . View in PubMed

A fast schema for parameter estimation in diffusion kurtosis imaging Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2014 Sep; 38(6):469-80. . View in PubMed

Deficits in predictive coding underlie hallucinations in schizophrenia J Neurosci. 2014 Jun 11; 34(24):8072-82. . View in PubMed

Annual research review: The neurobehavioral development of multiple memory systems--implications for childhood and adolescent psychiatric disorders J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2014 Jun; 55(6):582-610. . View in PubMed

Automated assessment of the quality of diffusion tensor imaging data using color cast of color-encoded fractional anisotropy images Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 Jun; 32(5):446-56. . View in PubMed

Annual research review: Current limitations and future directions in MRI studies of child- and adult-onset developmental psychopathologies J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2014 Jun; 55(6):659-80. . View in PubMed

An in vivo 1H magnetic resonance spectroscopy study of the deep cerebellar nuclei in children with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2014 May; 38(5):1330-8. . View in PubMed

Contextual control of audiovisual integration in low-level sensory cortices Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 May; 35(5):2394-411. . View in PubMed

Altered activation in fronto-striatal circuits during sequential processing of conflict in unmedicated adults with obsessive-compulsive disorder Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Apr 15; 75(8):615-22. . View in PubMed

Discriminating risk and resilience endophenotypes from lifetime illness effects in familial major depressive disorder JAMA Psychiatry. 2014 Feb; 71(2):136-48. . View in PubMed

Cerebellar morphology and the effects of stimulant medications in youths with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder Neuropsychopharmacology. 2014 Feb; 39(3):718-26. . View in PubMed

A functional imaging study of self-regulatory capacities in persons who stutter PLoS One. 2014; 9(2):e89891. . View in PubMed

A randomized, 12-week study of the effects of extended-release paliperidone (paliperidone ER) and olanzapine on metabolic profile, weight, insulin resistance, and ß-cell function in schizophrenic patients Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2013 Nov; 230(1):3-13. . View in PubMed

Editorial: from correlations to causation: the value of preventive interventions in studying pathogenic mechanisms in childhood psychiatric disorders J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2013 Aug; 54(8):813-5. . View in PubMed

Dissociable attentional and affective circuits in medication-naïve children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder Psychiatry Res. 2013 Jul 30; 213(1):24-30. . View in PubMed

Antidepressants normalize the default mode network in patients with dysthymia JAMA Psychiatry. 2013 Apr; 70(4):373-82. . View in PubMed

A support-based reconstruction for SENSE MRI Sensors (Basel). 2013 Mar 25; 13(4):4029-40. . View in PubMed

Distinct neural circuits subserve interpersonal and non-interpersonal emotions Soc Neurosci. 2013; 8(5):474-88. . View in PubMed

Anatomical abnormalities in gray and white matter of the cortical surface in persons with schizophrenia PLoS One. 2013; 8(2):e55783. . View in PubMed

Association of cerebral networks in resting state with sexual preference of homosexual men: a study of regional homogeneity and functional connectivity PLoS One. 2013; 8(3):e59426. . View in PubMed

Disturbances of motivational balance in chronic schizophrenia during decision-making tasks Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2012 Dec; 66(7):573-81. . View in PubMed

Bursting as a source of non-linear determinism in the firing patterns of nigral dopamine neurons Eur J Neurosci. 2012 Nov; 36(9):3214-23. . View in PubMed

An fMRI study of the brain responses of traumatized mothers to viewing their toddlers during separation and play Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2012 Nov; 7(8):969-79. . View in PubMed

A Virtual Radial Arm Maze for the Study of Multiple Memory Systems in a Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Environment Int J Virtual Real. 2012 Jun; 11(2):63-76. . View in PubMed

Brain anomalies in children exposed prenatally to a common organophosphate pesticide Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2012 May 15; 109(20):7871-6. . View in PubMed

Annual research review: progress in using brain morphometry as a clinical tool for diagnosing psychiatric disorders J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 2012 May; 53(5):519-35. . View in PubMed

Decreased cortical complexity in methamphetamine abusers Psychiatry Res. 2012 Mar 31; 201(3):226-32. . View in PubMed

Anatomical brain images alone can accurately diagnose chronic neuropsychiatric illnesses PLoS One. 2012; 7(12):e50698. . View in PubMed

Diffusion tensor imaging of the cerebellum and eyeblink conditioning in fetal alcohol spectrum disorder Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2011 Dec; 35(12):2174-83. . View in PubMed

Adaptation to conflict via context-driven anticipatory signals in the dorsomedial prefrontal cortex J Neurosci. 2011 Nov 09; 31(45):16208-16. . View in PubMed

An FMRI study of self-regulatory control and conflict resolution in adolescents with bulimia nervosa Am J Psychiatry. 2011 Nov; 168(11):1210-20. . View in PubMed

Adverse effects of heavy prenatal maternal smoking on attentional control in children with ADHD J Atten Disord. 2011 Oct; 15(7):593-603. . View in PubMed

Deconstructing pediatric depression trials: an analysis of the effects of expectancy and therapeutic contact J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011 Aug; 50(8):782-95. . View in PubMed

An improved representation of regional boundaries on parcellated morphological surfaces Comput Med Imaging Graph. 2011 Apr; 35(3):206-19. . View in PubMed

Automated artifact detection and removal for improved tensor estimation in motion-corrupted DTI data sets using the combination of local binary patterns and 2D partial least squares Magn Reson Imaging. 2011 Feb; 29(2):230-42. . View in PubMed

A brain-based endophenotype for major depressive disorder Annu Rev Med. 2011; 62:461-74. . View in PubMed

A virtual reality-based FMRI study of reward-based spatial learning Neuropsychologia. 2010 Aug; 48(10):2912-21. . View in PubMed

Basal ganglia surface morphology and the effects of stimulant medications in youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Am J Psychiatry. 2010 Aug; 167(8):977-86. . View in PubMed

Cerebellar morphology in Tourette syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder Ann Neurol. 2010 Apr; 67(4):479-87. . View in PubMed

An FMRI study of frontostriatal circuits during the inhibition of eye blinking in persons with Tourette syndrome Am J Psychiatry. 2010 Mar; 167(3):341-9. . View in PubMed

An FMRI study of the effects of psychostimulants on default-mode processing during Stroop task performance in youths with ADHD Am J Psychiatry. 2009 Nov; 166(11):1286-94. . View in PubMed

Alterations in neural connectivity in preterm children at school age Neuroimage. 2009 Nov 01; 48(2):458-63. . View in PubMed

A slice of pi : an exploratory neuroimaging study of digit encoding and retrieval in a superior memorist Neurocase. 2009 Oct; 15(5):361-72. . View in PubMed

A Tc-99m SPECT study of regional cerebral blood flow in patients with transient global amnesia Neuroimage. 2009 Aug 01; 47(1):50-5. . View in PubMed

Cortical thinning in persons at increased familial risk for major depression Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2009 Apr 14; 106(15):6273-8. . View in PubMed

Calculation of the confidence intervals for transformation parameters in the registration of medical images Med Image Anal. 2009 Apr; 13(2):215-33. . View in PubMed

Deficient activity in the neural systems that mediate self-regulatory control in bulimia nervosa Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2009 Jan; 66(1):51-63. . View in PubMed

Computational and experimental optimization of a double-tuned (1)H/(31)P four-ring birdcage head coil for MRS at 3T J Magn Reson Imaging. 2009 Jan; 29(1):13-22. . View in PubMed

Cranial computed tomographic findings in a large group of children with drowning: diagnostic, prognostic, and forensic implications Pediatr Crit Care Med. 2008 Nov; 9(6):567-72. . View in PubMed

A note on the validity of statistical bootstrapping for estimating the uncertainty of tensor parameters in diffusion tensor images IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2008 Oct; 27(10):1506-14. . View in PubMed

Brain morphometry using anatomical magnetic resonance imaging J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2008 Jun; 47(6):619-21. . View in PubMed

Applied brain imaging J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2008 Mar; 47(3):239. . View in PubMed

Correlates of intellectual ability with morphology of the hippocampus and amygdala in healthy adults Brain Cogn. 2008 Mar; 66(2):105-14. . View in PubMed

An affective circumplex model of neural systems subserving valence, arousal, and cognitive overlay during the appraisal of emotional faces Neuropsychologia. 2008; 46(8):2129-39. . View in PubMed

A statistical analysis of brain morphology using wild bootstrapping IEEE Trans Med Imaging. 2007 Jul; 26(7):954-66. . View in PubMed

A developmental fMRI study of self-regulatory control in Tourette's syndrome Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Jun; 164(6):955-66. . View in PubMed

Correction of eddy-current distortions in diffusion tensor images using the known directions and strengths of diffusion gradients J Magn Reson Imaging. 2006 Nov; 24(5):1188-93. . View in PubMed

A developmental fMRI study of self-regulatory control Hum Brain Mapp. 2006 Nov; 27(11):848-63. . View in PubMed

Cortisol levels and hippocampus volumes in healthy preadolescent children Biol Psychiatry. 2006 Oct 15; 60(8):856-61. . View in PubMed

Cortical recruitment patterns in children born prematurely compared with control subjects during a passive listening functional magnetic resonance imaging task J Pediatr. 2006 Oct; 149(4):490-8. . View in PubMed

A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of the long-term influences of early indomethacin exposure on language processing in the brains of prematurely born children Pediatrics. 2006 Sep; 118(3):961-70. . View in PubMed

A statistical framework for the classification of tensor morphologies in diffusion tensor images Magn Reson Imaging. 2006 Jun; 24(5):569-82. . View in PubMed

Age, rapid-cycling, and pharmacotherapy effects on ventral prefrontal cortex in bipolar disorder: a cross-sectional study Biol Psychiatry. 2006 Apr 01; 59(7):611-8. . View in PubMed

Adulthood outcome of tic and obsessive-compulsive symptom severity in children with Tourette syndrome Arch Pediatr Adolesc Med. 2006 Jan; 160(1):65-9. . View in PubMed

Caudate volumes in childhood predict symptom severity in adults with Tourette syndrome Neurology. 2005 Oct 25; 65(8):1253-8. . View in PubMed

Adaptive, emotional, and family functioning of children with obsessive-compulsive disorder and comorbid attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Am J Psychiatry. 2005 Jun; 162(6):1125-32. . View in PubMed

Ecological nuances in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI): psychological stressors, posture, and hydrostatics Neuroimage. 2005 Mar; 25(1):1-7. . View in PubMed

Am J Psychiatry. 2004 Nov; 161(11):2028-37. . View in PubMed

Am J Psychiatry. 2004 Nov; 161(11):2028-37. . View in PubMed

Dimensional complexity of the EEG in patients with posttraumatic stress disorder Psychiatry Res. 2004 May 30; 131(1):79-89. . View in PubMed

Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2003 Dec; 1008:219-37. . View in PubMed

Amygdala and hippocampal volumes in adolescents and adults with bipolar disorder Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003 Dec; 60(12):1201-8. . View in PubMed

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Lancet. 2003 Nov 22; 362(9397):1699-707. . View in PubMed

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Am J Psychiatry. 2003 Nov; 160(11):1990-4. . View in PubMed

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Biol Psychiatry. 2003 Jul 01; 54(1):76-85. . View in PubMed

Developmental processes and brain imaging studies in Tourette syndrome J Psychosom Res. 2003 Jul; 55(1):13-22. . View in PubMed

Biol Psychiatry. 2003 Jul 01; 54(1):76-85. . View in PubMed

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003 Jun; 60(6):601-9. . View in PubMed

Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003 Jun; 60(6):601-9. . View in PubMed

Basal Ganglia volumes in patients with Gilles de la Tourette syndrome Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2003 Apr; 60(4):415-24. . View in PubMed

Disruptive behavior in children with Tourette's syndrome: association with ADHD comorbidity, tic severity, and functional impairment J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2003 Jan; 42(1):98-105. . View in PubMed

Conceptual, methodological, and statistical challenges in brain imaging studies of developmentally based psychopathologies Dev Psychopathol. 2003; 15(3):811-32. . View in PubMed

A functional magnetic resonance imaging study of language processing and its cognitive correlates in prematurely born children Pediatrics. 2002 Dec; 110(6):1153-62. . View in PubMed

A method for determinism in short time series, and its application to stationary EEG IEEE Trans Biomed Eng. 2002 Nov; 49(11):1374-9. . View in PubMed

Assessment of symptom exacerbations in a longitudinal study of children with Tourette's syndrome or obsessive-compulsive disorder J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2002 Sep; 41(9):1070-7. . View in PubMed

Detecting determinism in short time series, with an application to the analysis of a stationary EEG recording Biol Cybern. 2002 May; 86(5):335-42. . View in PubMed

An event-related functional MRI study comparing interference effects in the Simon and Stroop tasks Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 2002 May; 13(3):427-40. . View in PubMed

Detection of functional connectivity using temporal correlations in MR images Hum Brain Mapp. 2002 Apr; 15(4):247-62. . View in PubMed

An animal model of Tourette's syndrome Am J Psychiatry. 2002 Apr; 159(4):657-60. . View in PubMed

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