Dr. Vijay is an Assistant Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience. He got his undergraduate degree from the University of California Santa Barbara, conducted doctoral work at Emory University in Atlanta, and completed clinical training and postdoctoral studies at the University of California Los Angeles.
Dr. Mittal's research focuses on early identification and intervention/prevention with adolescents at high risk for developing psychotic disorders (such as schizophrenia); he is interested in a range of characteristics and behaviors that may be used to enhance identification and treatment of high-risk individuals, and concurrently, refine etiological understanding of the pathophysiology underlying psychotic disorders. To date, the lab has specialized in several distinct, but mechanistically related susceptibility markers including movement abnormalities, obstetrical complications, neurocognitive deficits, structural irregularities (e.g., temporal changes in subcortical and medial temporal lobe regions), and neuroendocrine dysregulation/psychosocial stress. The lab has focused on these phenomena because they appear to interact with developmental and genetic factors, share related neurological underpinnings which also characterize psychosis, and are readily quantifiable, potentially enabling a clinical system of identification and preventive intervention.
Mittal, V.A., Dhruv, S., Tessner, K.D., Walder, D.J., & Walker, E.F. (2007). The relations among putative bio risk markers in schizotypal adolescents: minor physical anomalies, movement abnormalities and salivary cortisol. Biological Psychiatry, 61(10), 1179-1186.
Mittal, V.A., & Walker, E. (2007). Movement abnormalities predict conversion to Axis I psychosis among prodromal adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116(4), 796-803.
Mittal, V.A., Neumann, C., Saczawa, M., & Walker, E.F. (2008). The longitudinal progression of movement abnormalitiesand psychotic symptoms in adolescents at high-risk for psychosis. Archives of General Psychiatry, 65(2), 165-170.
Mittal, V.A., Ellman, L.M., & Cannon, T.D. (2008). Gene-environment interaction and covariation in schizophrenia: The role of obstetric complications. Schizophrenia Bulletin 34, 1083-1094.
Mittal, V.A., Walker, E.F., Walder, D., Trottman, H., Bearden, C.E., Daley, M., Simone, T., & Cannon, T.D. (2010). Neuropsychological correlates of dyskinesia and conversion among adolescents at high-risk for psychosis. Biological Psychiatry, 68, 93-99.
Mittal, V.A., Karlsgodt, K.H., Zinberg, J., Cannon, T.D., & Bearden, C.E. (in press). Identification and Treatment of a Pineal Gland Tumor in an Adolescent with Prodromal Psychotic Symptoms. American Journal of Psychiatry.
Mittal, V.A., Daley, M., Shiode, M.F., Bearden, C.E., O'Neill, J., & Cannon, T.D. (in press). Striatal volumes and dyskinetic movements in youth at high-risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia Research.