Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center


Galván, Adriana, Ph.D.


Adolescent brain development


  • Assistant Professor, Neuroscience IDP
  • Psychology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Member, Brain Research Institute


Dr. Galván’s work is broadly focused on identifying key neural circuits that are disrupted in children and adolescents with developmental disabilities. She uses magnetic resonance imaging, functional magnetic resonance imaging, and behavioral methods to address questions regarding typical and atypical brain development.

Most recently, she has focused her efforts on elucidating neural correlates of cognitive control and inhibition in children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Tic Disorder, Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Social Anxiety Disorder.


  1. Bertollo, AG, Galvan, ACL, Dallagnol, C, Cortez, AD, Ignácio, ZM. Early Life Stress and Major Depressive Disorder-An Update on Molecular Mechanisms and Synaptic Impairments. Mol Neurobiol. 2024; :. doi: 10.1007/s12035-024-03983-2. PubMed PMID:38307968 .
  2. Calatrava, V, Hom, EFY, Guan, Q, Llamas, A, Fernández, E, Galván, A et al.. Genetic evidence for algal auxin production in Chlamydomonas and its role in algal-bacterial mutualism. iScience. 2024;27 (1):108762. doi: 10.1016/j.isci.2023.108762. PubMed PMID:38269098 PubMed Central PMC10805672.
  3. Galvan, A, Pellicciari, C, Calderan, L. Recreating Human Skin In Vitro: Should the Microbiota Be Taken into Account?. Int J Mol Sci. 2024;25 (2):. doi: 10.3390/ijms25021165. PubMed PMID:38256238 PubMed Central PMC10816982.
  4. Baker, AE, Padgaonkar, NT, Galván, A, Peris, TS. Anxiety may alter the role of fronto-striatal circuitry in adolescent risky decision-making. J Affect Disord. 2024;348 :238-247. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2023.12.063. PubMed PMID:38160886 .
  5. Fakhimi, N, Torres, MJ, Fernández, E, Galván, A, Dubini, A, González-Ballester, D et al.. Chlamydomonas reinhardtii and Microbacterium forte sp. nov., a mutualistic association that favors sustainable hydrogen production. Sci Total Environ. 2024;913 :169559. doi: 10.1016/j.scitotenv.2023.169559. PubMed PMID:38159768 .
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