Hideo Suzuki, Ph.D. Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology

Hideo Suzuki’s research has been broadly examined the interplay between stress and brain structure/function underlying emotional behavior in children, adolescents, and adults. To achieve that long-term goal, his research approach often involves an interdisciplinary, multi-level analysis that integrates and applies psychosocial and neurobiological methods, such as biochemical skills in animal work and multimodal neuroimaging techniques in human studies (e.g., electroencephalography/EEG, structural and functional magnetic resonance imaging/MRI, diffusion tensor imaging/DTI). With these skills, he has examined brain structures in relation to social learning of aggression, neurobiological and hormonal effects of early life stress in preschool onset depression (PO-MDD), and gene-brain interaction in depression.

Currently, Suzuki’s research has specifically focus on social interactions among school-aged children who bully peers, who are bullied, and who observe bullying. He aims to examine how these adverse interactions lead to structural and functional changes in brain regions involved in emotional (e.g., aggression, depression, anxiety) and cognitive regulation (e.g., top-down control). His long-term vision is to improve the emotional well-being in children and adolescents by: identifying brain biomarkers for risk for bullying or victimization; and developing a neuroimaging-based assessment or intervention for child’s emotional problem solving.