Dr Kirstie Whitaker

Kirstie Whitaker

University position

Research Associate

Departments

Department of Psychiatry

Institutes

Brain Mapping Unit

Email

kw401@cam.ac.uk

Home page

http://www.kirstiewhitaker.com (personal home page)

Research Theme

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Interests

I am interested in integrating multiple neuroimaging techniques to investigate brain development throughout the lifespan and predict individual differences in cognition, susceptibility to mental health problems, and response to interventions. I am particularly interested in child and adolescent development and the effects that experiences during these formative years have on adult behaviours. I am a passionate advocate of open science and endeavor to ensure all my results may be reproduced by making available analysis code and raw data whenever possible.

Slices of my brain with multicolored backgrounds
Slices of my brain with multicolored backgrounds
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Research Focus

Keywords

cortical Thickness

DTI

Adolescence

Depression

MRI

Clinical conditions

Anxiety disorders

Childhood disorders

Depressive disorders

Equipment

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Collaborators

Cambridge

Ed Bullmore

Ian Goodyer

United Kingdom

Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Associated News Items


Publications

2015

Hagan CC, Graham JM, Tait R, Widmer B, van Nieuwenhuizen AO, Ooi C, Whitaker KJ, Simas T, Bullmore ET, Lennox BR, Sahakian BJ, Goodyer IM, Suckling J (2015), “Adolescents with current major depressive disorder show dissimilar patterns of age-related differences in ACC and thalamus.” Neuroimage Clin 7:391-9 Details

Menzies L, Goddings AL, Whitaker KJ, Blakemore SJ, Viner RM (2015), “The effects of puberty on white matter development in boys.” Dev Cogn Neurosci 11:116-28 Details

Wendelken C, Ferrer E, Whitaker KJ, Bunge SA (2015), “Fronto-Parietal Network Reconfiguration Supports the Development of Reasoning Ability.” Cereb Cortex Details

2014

Whitaker K, Kang X, Herron T, Woods D, Robertson L, Alvarez BD (2014), “White matter microstructure throughout the brain correlates with visual imagery in grapheme-color synesthesia.” Neuroimage Details

2013

Ferrer E, Whitaker KJ, Steele JS, Green CT, Wendelken C, Bunge SA (2013), “White matter maturation supports the development of reasoning ability through its influence on processing speed.” Dev Sci 16(6):941-51 Details

2012

Bunge SA, Whitaker KJ (2012), “Brain imaging: your brain scan doesn't lie about your age.” Curr Biol 22(18):R800-1 Details

Mackey AP, Whitaker KJ, Bunge SA (2012), “Experience-dependent plasticity in white matter microstructure: reasoning training alters structural connectivity.” Front Neuroanat 6:32 Details

2011

Wendelken C, O'Hare ED, Whitaker KJ, Ferrer E, Bunge SA (2011), “Increased functional selectivity over development in rostrolateral prefrontal cortex.” J Neurosci 31(47):17260-8 Details

2008

Whitaker KJ, Kolind SH, MacKay AL, Clark CM (2008), “Quantifying development: Investigating highly myelinated voxels in preadolescent corpus callosum.” Neuroimage 43(4):731-5 Details