Lab Phone: 412-383-5280 or

Text 412-463-1253

All  Rights Reserved

© Laboratory for Child Brain Development 2018


Dr. Susan Perlman, Ph.D.

Lab Director
Dr. Susan B. Perlman is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh/UPMC and director of the LCBD. She received her B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2002 in Psychology and her M.A. (2006) and Ph.D. (2009) from Duke University in Developmental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. She is primarily interested in the neural underpinnings of the development of emotion regulation in young children including trajectories of abnormal emotion regulation and related psychopathology.


Dr. Katie Belardi, Ph.D, CCC-SLP

Research Associate

Katie is a Visiting Assistant Professor in Speech-Language Pathology Department at Duquesne University.  She received her B.S. and M.S. from Duquesne in Speech-Language Pathology and Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.  Katie's primary research interests are understanding and treating language processing impairments in neurodevelopmental disorders, including Autism Spectrum Disorders and Fragile X syndrome.  

Dr. Frank Fishburn, Ph.D.

Post-Doctoral Reseacher

Dr. Frank Fishburn is a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. He received his Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Georgetown University in 2017. His dissertation research focused on resolving atypical neural activity in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder using fNIRS. His hobbies include programming, music, and gaming.

M. Catalina Camacho, B.A.

Graduate Student

Cat graduated from Stanford University in 2014 with a B.A. in Psychology. She then spent 3 years as a research coordinator for the Stanford Neurodevelopment, Affect, and Psychopathology Lab before joining the CNUP PhD program in 2017.  Cat is most excited about affective brain development from birth to preschool and how early experience affects these neural systems.  When not working on research, Cat enjoys creating and otherwise enjoying art and music.

Lisa M. Bemis, B.S.
Lab Manager
Lisa graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology and a minor in Sign Language and History of Art and Architecture. Lisa has been with the LCBD from the beginning and has great interest in neuro and clinical psychology. She is interested in child psychopathology, particularly looking at the developing brain in children. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading, and scrapbooking.

Christina Hlutkowsky, B.S.

Research Assistant

Christina graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology, a minor in Spanish, and a certificate in Russian and Eastern European Studies. She is interested in looking at how mental disorders can affect children and adolescents learn and interact with others. She hopes to go to graduate school for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology for childhood/adolescence. When not at work, she is very involved in her Ukrainian community.