Matthew Albaugh, Ph.D.

Area of Interest

The emergence of psychopathology not only imparts immeasurable distress over the course of one’s lifetime, but also incurs significant cost to society in terms of health care and reduced work productivity. The focus of my research training has been to gain an understanding of how emotional and behavioral problems are related to aspects of brain development in children and adolescents. As both a clinician and researcher, I have also become increasingly interested in how particular environmental factors, including therapeutic interventions, may serve to affect brain development and promote wellness in youths.


Colby College, Waterville, ME 1998-2002
B.A. in Psychology, Summa cum laude with Distinction in Major

University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, 2008-2013
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology (APA-accredited program)
Dissertation: Mapping Relations between Cortico-Limbic Structure and Anxious/Depressed Symptoms Across Development In a Longitudinal Sample of Healthy Youths
Advisor: James J. Hudziak, M.D.

Postdoctoral Training

University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT, 2013-present
Vermont Center for Children, Youth, and Families
Postdoctoral Associate

Scientific Memberships

Society of Biological Psychiatry
Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Society for Neuroscience

Publications (Peer Reviewed)

Representative Publications:

Albaugh, M.D., Ducharme, S., Collins, D.L., Botteron, K.N., Althoff, R.R., Evans, A.C., Karama, S., Hudziak, J.J., for the Brain Development Cooperative Group. (2013). Evidence for a cerebral cortical thickness network anti-correlated with amygdalar volume in healthy youths: implications for the neural substrates of emotion regulation. NeuroImage, 71: 42-9

Albaugh, M.D., Orr, C., Nickerson, J.P., Zweber, C., Slaughterbeck, J.R., Hipko, S., Gonyea, J., Andrews, T., Watts, R., & Hudziak, J.J. (2014). Post-concussive symptomatology is associated with cerebral cortical thickness in healthy collegiate and preparatory school ice hockey players. Journal of Pediatrics, In Press

Ducharme S.*, Albaugh M.D.*, Hudziak J.J, Botteron K.N., Nguyen T.V., Truong C., Evans A.C., Karama S., & The Brain Development Cooperative Group. (2014). Right ventromedial prefrontal cortical thickness dynamically correlates with anxious/depressed symptoms across development. Cerebral Cortex, 24(11): 2941-50 *shared first authorship

Hudziak, J.J., Albaugh, M.D., Ducharme, S., Karama, S., Spottswood, M., Evans, A.C., & Botteron, K.N., for The Brain Development Cooperative Group. (2014). Cortical thickness maturation is associated with duration of music training in typically developing youths: the shaping of brain development via health promoting activities. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, In Press

Albaugh M.D., Harder V.S., Althoff R.R., Rettew D.C., Ehli E.A., Lengyel-Nelson T., Davies G.E., Ayer L., Sulman J., Stanger C., & Hudziak J.J. (2010). COMT Val158Met genotype as a risk factor for problem behaviors in youth. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 49(8), 841-9.

Ameis, S.H., Ducharme, S.D., Albaugh, M.D., Hudziak, J.J., Botteron, K.N., Lepage, C., Zhao, L., Khundrakpam, B., Collins, D.L., Lerch, J.P., Wheeler, A., Schachar, R., Evans, A.C., Karama, S., & The Brain Development Cooperative Group. (2014). Cortical thickness, cortico-amygdalar networks, and externalizing behaviors in healthy children. Biological Psychiatry, 75(1):65-72

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Matthew Albaugh, Ph.D.,
Postdoctoral Associate