Pearl Chiu

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I am considering PhD applicants for Fall 2022. Please include CV with inquiries.
Faculty, Department of Psychology
Clinical Science
Biological Psychology
Office Hours
By appointment
Office Address
Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion
2 Riverside Circle
Roanoke, VA 24016
Office Phone
Curriculum Vitae
Short Bio
Current - Associate Professor, Virginia Tech Department of Psychology and Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VT Carilion
2006-2007 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept of Neuroscience, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
2006 PhD, Psychology (Clinical Science), Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
2005-2006 Clinical Psychology Internship, Adult Neuroscience Track, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
1998 AB, Psychology & Biology, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA
  • neuroscience of motivation and valuation, decision-making
  • depression, substance use disorders, PTSD
  • computational psychiatry
  • quantitative neurobehavioral predictors and mechanisms of treatment response
  • fMRI-informed assessment and intervention
  • interpersonal influences on decision-making

Select Publications
  • Brown, V, Zhu, L, Solway, A, Wang, JM, McCurry, KL, King-Casas, B, Chiu, PH (2021). Reinforcement Learning Disruptions in Individuals With Depression and Sensitivity to Symptom Change Following Cognitive Behavioral Therapy. JAMA psychiatry, e211844. Advance online publication.
  • Chung, D, Orloff, M, Lauharatanahirun, N, Chiu, PH, King-Casas, B (2020) Valuation of peers’ safe choices is associated with substance-naïveté in adolescents. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 117, 31729-31737.
  • McCurry KL, Frueh BC, Chiu PH, King-Casas B. (2020) Opponent effects of hyperarousal and re-experiencing on affective habituation in posttraumatic stress disorder. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 5, 203-212.
  • Wang, JM, Zhu, L, Brown, VM, De La Garza II, R, Newton, T, King-Casas, B, Chiu, PH (2019) In cocaine dependence, neural prediction errors during loss avoidance are increased with cocaine deprivation and predict drug use. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 4, 291-299.
  • Brown, VM, Zhu, L, Wang, JM, Frueh, BC, King-Casas, B, Chiu, PH (2018). Associability-modulated loss learning is increased in posttraumatic stress disorder. eLife 2018; 7:e30150.
  • Chung, D, Kadlec, K, Aimone, JA, McCurry, K, King-Casas, B, Chiu, PH (2017). Valuation in major depression is intact and stable in a non-learning environment. Scientific Reports, 7, 44374.
  • Chung, D, Christopoulos, G, King-Casas, B, Ball, S, Chiu, PH (2015). Social signals of safety and risk confer utility and have asymmetric effects on observers’ choices. Nature Neuroscience, 18, 912 - 916.
  • Williams, W, Graham, D, McCurry, K, Sanders, A, Eiseman, J, Chiu, PH, King-Casas, B (2014). Group psychotherapy’s impact on trust in veterans with PTSD: A pilot study. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 78, 335 - 348.
  • Marsden, KE, Ma WJ, Deci EL, Ryan RM, Chiu PH (2014) Diminished neural responses predict enhanced intrinsic motivation and sensitivity to external incentive. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 15, 276 - 286.
  • Zhu, L, Jenkins, AC, Set, E, Scabini, D, Knight, RT, Chiu, PH, King-Casas, B, Hsu, M (2014). Damage to dorsolateral prefrontal cortex affects tradeoffs between honesty and self-interest. Nature Neuroscience, 17, 1319-1321.
  • King-Casas, B & Chiu, PH (2012). Understanding interpersonal function in psychiatric illness through multiplayer economic games. Biological Psychiatry, 72, 119-125.
  • Lindsey, L, King-Casas, B, Brovko, J, Chiu, PH (2009). Toward functional neurobehavioral assessment of mood and anxiety. Conf Proc IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society, 2009, 5393-5396.
  • Chiu, PH, Kayali, MA, Kishida, KT, Tomlin, D, Klinger, LG, Klinger, MR, Montague, PR (2008). Self responses along cingulate cortex reveal quantitative neural phenotype for high functioning autism. Neuron, 57, 463-473.
  • Chiu, PH, Lohrenz, TM, Montague, PR (2008). Smokers’ brains compute but ignore a fictive error signal in a sequential investment task. Nature Neuroscience, 11, 514-520.
  • Chiu, PH, Holmes, AJ, Pizzagalli, DA (2008). Dissociable recruitment of rostral anterior cingulate and inferior frontal cortex in emotional response inhibition. NeuroImage, 42, 988-997.
  • Chiu, PH & Deldin, P (2007). Neural evidence for enhanced error detection in major depressive disorder. American Journal of Psychiatry, 164, 608-616.
  • Deldin, P & Chiu, P (2005). Cognitive restructuring and EEG in major depression. Biological Psychology, 70, 141-151.