Office: Muenzinger D321B
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Kaiser is a clinical psychologist who uses integrated behavioral, developmental, and neuroscientific methods to understand Major Depression and related affective disorders. Together with members of her research laboratory, Dr. Kaiser is working to understand neurocognitive dysfunction in depression, including abnormalities in the structure, molecular signaling, and coordinated activity of brain networks involved in emotion regulation. Dr. Kaiser explores these topics from a developmental perspective, with special interest in using neurocognitive risk markers to predict the onset and course of mood disorders in teens or young adults. Clinically, Dr. Kaiser is testing how neurocognitive functioning may be enhanced to foster affective health, with the goal of translating basic science into improved treatment and emotional wellness.
Biography: Dr. Kaiser received a dual-Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of Colorado Boulder, completing her predoctoral Clinical Internship at Yale University School of Medicine. After receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Kaiser trained as a postdoctoral Fellow in affective and translational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital in the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research (2013-2016). Dr. Kaiser launched the RADD Lab as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA (2016-2018), and moved the lab to Boulder in 2018. Dr. Kaiser is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder.
Responsibilities: Dr. Kaiser is director of the RADD Lab and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder. Dr. Kaiser is a faculty affiliate of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and of the Renée Crown Wellness Institute, at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Kaiser, R. H., Andrews-Hanna, J. R., Wager, T. D., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2015). Large-scale network dysfunction in major depressive disorder: Meta-analysis of resting-state functional connectivity. Journal of the American Medical Association: Psychiatry, 72(6), 603-11. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0071
Kaiser, R. H., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Dillon, D. G., Goer, F., Beltzer, M., Minkel, J., Smoski, M., Dichter, G., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2016). Dynamic resting-state functional connectivity in Major Depression. Neuropsychopharmacology, 41(7), 1822-30. doi: 10.1038/npp.2015.352
Admon, R.,* Kaiser, R. H.,* Dillon, D. G., Beltzer, M., Goer, F., Olson, D., Vitaliano, G., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2017). Dopaminergic enhancement of striatal response to reward in Major Depression. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2016 Oct 24. doi: appaijp20161610111
Kaiser, R. H., Kang, M.*, Lew, Y.*, Van Der Feen, J., Aguirre, B., Clegg, R., Goer, F., Esposito, E., Auerbach, R. P., Hutchison, R. M., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2019). Abnormal frontoinsular-default network dynamics in adolescent depression and rumination: A preliminary resting-state co-activation pattern analysis. Neuropsychopharmacology, 44, 1604-1612. doi: 10.1038/s41386-019-0399-3
Kaiser, R. H., Peterson, E.*, Kang, M.*, Van Der Feen, J., Aguirre, B., Clegg, R., Goer, F., Esposito, E. C., Auerbach, R. P., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2019). Frontoinsular network markers of current and future adolescent mood health. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 4, 715-725. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2019.03.014