Lab News

November 16, 2017: Andrea Niles Selected as Finalist for Artificial Intelligence (AI) Grant

  • Lab Fellow Andrea Niles developed a website that allows you to select personalized threatening and matched neutral words for use in cognitive computer tasks (e.g. attention bias modification). The algorithm employs a user-user collaborative filtering recommender system. The research study describing the protocol for developing the recommender algorithm is currently under review for publication. 
  • Please contact Andrea ( for details about the algorithm and its development.
  • For an in-depth look, view this YouTube video covering Andrea's grant application.
  • Find out more about the Artificial Intelligence (AI) Grant here.

November 14, 2017: New Paper on Inflammation Released. 

Our latest collaboration covers the association of trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with inflammation and endothelial function. 
Read the article here.


October 5, 2017: Congratulations to lab members Andrea Niles, Ashkan Ahmadian and Joy Lin on their research awards!

  • We're very proud of these three lab members on achieving so much during their time at THRIVE Lab! Check out the awards they've won in the brand new Awards section on our website. 

 September 26, 2017: VA Mental Health Talks: Monday, October 23 and Friday, October 27!

August 6, 2014Medscape Article on Blood Test for Suicide Risk 

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July 30, 2014: Medscape Article on Inflammatory Markers and Suicide Risk 

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April 1, 2012: Wall Street Journal covers three of our papers in an article about depression and aging

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March 1, 2012: CBS San Francisco TV interviews Dr. O'Donovan about stress appraisals and telomere length paper

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April 1, 2011: Science Daily covers our paper on posttraumatic stress disorder and telomere length

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April 1, 2011: Psych Central article on posttraumatic stress disorder and immune cell signaling patterns

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November 1, 2010: Irish Times profile following award of Society in Science: Branco Weiss Fellowship

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March 1, 2010: Psychology Today article on pessimism and telomere length finding

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