Megan Herting, PhD
Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences and the Director of the Herting NeuroImaging Laboratory at the University of Southern California. Broadly, my research has focused on brain and cognitive development in healthy and at-risk populations including several ongoing NIH funded studies in children, adolescents, and young adults. Using cognitive-behavioral assessments, neuropsychological testing, semi-structured mental health interviews, and a multi-modal Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) approach, I aim to determine which lifestyle and environmental factors, including exposure to air pollutants, influence neurodevelopment, cognition, and mental health outcomes in children and adolescents.
At a national level, I am part of multiple NIH consortium projects that aim to further assess how hormones and the environment may affect brain maturation, cognition, and mental health, including the Linked External Data Environment and member of the Physical Health Working Groups for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study (U01DA041048, 2P30ES007048-23S1) and the Neurodevelopment Working Group for the Environmental influences on Child Health Outcomes (ECHO) program (4UH3OD023287). I am also a co-chair for the new ENIGMA Environment working group.
Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia and Brain Health: A Systematic Review of Structural, Functional, and Diffusion Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Investigations.
J Child Neurol. 2022 Jun 23;:8830738221100886. doi: 10.1177/08830738221100886. Epub 2022 Jun 23. PubMed PMID: 35746874;
Contextualizing adolescent structural brain development: Environmental determinants and mental health outcomes.
Curr Opin Psychol. 2022 Apr;44:170-176. doi: 10.1016/j.copsyc.2021.09.014. Epub 2021 Sep 28. PubMed PMID: 34688028;
Best Practices in Structural Neuroimaging of Neurodevelopmental Disorders.
Neuropsychol Rev. 2022 Jun;32(2):400-418. doi: 10.1007/s11065-021-09496-2. Epub 2021 Apr 24. PubMed PMID: 33893904; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC9090677.
Associations between testosterone, estradiol, and androgen receptor genotype with amygdala subregions in adolescents.
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2022 Mar;137:105604. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2021.105604. Epub 2021 Nov 24. PubMed PMID: 34971856; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8925279.
Analysis of Early-Life Growth and Age at Pubertal Onset in US Children.
JAMA Netw Open. 2022 Feb 1;5(2):e2146873. doi: 10.1001/jamanetworkopen.2021.46873. Epub 2022 Feb 1. PubMed PMID: 35119461; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC8817204.
- Environmental Impacts on the Brain