Dr. Susanna Fryer is a postdoctoral research fellow at Bieegl. She works with Drs. Dan Mathalon and Judy Ford on projects that use fMRI and other neuroimaging techniques to study brain functioning and connectivity in adolescents and young adults at risk for developing severe mental illness.
She completed her undergraduate work at Stanford University and participated in the departmental honors research program, earning a B.A. in Human Biology in 2000. After working as a research assistant at Stanford's Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, she earned her PhD from SDSU/UCSD's Joint Program in Clinical Psychology in 2009 and completed a clinical internship in psychology at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. Her doctoral research focused on psychopathology risk and inhibitory control function in youth with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders.
Dr. Fryer's research interests focus on applying neuroimaging and neuropsychological techniques to study brain and behavior relationships in adolescent and young adult populations at risk for developing mental illness, with an emphasis on inhibitory control and self-regulation. She hopes to develop a program of research focused on improving our understanding of the cognitive features and brain alterations that underlie developmental risk for psychopathology, and how that risk might be ameliorated in adolescents and young adults through psychotherapeutic intervention. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and mindfulness-based techniques, and is particularly interested in how the latter might be applied to improve aspects of cognitive control and attention.
When not Bieegling or otherwise occupied, Susanna enjoys practicing yoga and various cooking and crafting projects.