Karina Quevedo

Associate Professor


Karina Quevedo, PhD, LP, is a tenured Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. She directs the Health and Emotions in Adolescent Trajectories laboratory (HEAT lab). Dr. Quevedo completed her doctoral graduate training at the University of Minnesota Institute of Child Development (ICD) and her postdoctoral T32 training at the University of Pittsburgh Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics. She has received a BA in Psychology from the University of Havana, Cuba, and a MA in counseling psychology from the University of St. Thomas, MN. Dr. Quevedo’s research interests span typical and atypical pathways of emotional development; brain, physiological, and hormonal markers of child and adolescent adaptation; the long-term impact of adverse experience; and adolescent psychopathology. She has further interests in neuromodulation approaches to treatment-resistant depression (TRD) and suicide attempts in youth and adults. Dr. Quevedo trains graduate and undergraduate students as both emerging clinicians and scientists and mentors post-doctoral junior scientists.


  • fMRI; how to study processes of emotion and social cognition
  • Typical and atypical pathways of emotional development
  • Adolescent depression
  • Psychopathology

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Tenisha Collins

Research Summary

Our laboratory has collected functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) data while teens think about- and see themselves while in the scanner. We are currently finishing data processing on three neuroimaging tasks that tap into self-knowledge and social interaction as well as diffusion tension imaging. Graduate students interested in clinical neuroscience are welcome to contact us at queve001@umn.edu for collaboration in writing manuscripts, data analyses, and learning about how to use fMRI to study basic processes of emotion and social cognition.


Post-Doctoral Scholar, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics
MA, University of St. Thomas
Major: Counseling Psychiatry
PhD, University of Minnesota- Institute of Child Development
Major: Developmental Psychology and Clinical Science
BA, University of Havana
Major: Biochemistry

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Clinical Psychology Internship,
Children's Hospitals and Clinics St. Paul/Minneapolis
Pre-Doctoral Fellowship (T32 MHI5755),
University of Minnesota, National Institute of Mental Health
Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship (T32),
University of Minnesota

Honors and Recognition

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology Annual
Travel Award, Society for Psychophysiology Research
Travel Award, SRCD Biennial Meeting
Travel Award (multiple), Wisconsin Symposium of Health and Emotion
Graduate Research Fellowship, National Science Foundation

Professional Memberships

Society for Neuroscience
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Quevedo, K., Teoh, J. Y., Liu, G., Santana-Gonzalez, C., Forbes, E. E., Engstrom, M., 2022. Neural substrates of rewarding and punishing self representations in depressed suicide-attempting adolescents. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 148 204-213.
Liu, G., Zhang, N., Teoh, J. Y., Egan, C., Zeffiro, T. A., Davidson, R. J., Quevedo, K., 2022. Self-compassion and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex activity during sad self-face recognition in depressed adolescents. PSYCHOLOGICAL MEDICINE, 52 (5): 864-873.
Zhang, L., Baladandayuthapani, V., Neville, Q., Quevedo, K., Morris, J. S., 2021. Bayesian functional graphical models. Cornell University,
Dilernia, A., Quevedo, K., Camchong, J., Lim, K., Pan, W., Zhang, L., 2021. enalized model-based clustering of fMRI data. BIOSTATISTICS,
Engstrom, M., Liu, G., Santana-Gonzalez, C., Teoh, J. Y., Harms, M., Koy, K., Quevedo, K., 2021. The impact of child abuse on the neurobiology of self-processing in depressed adolescents. Neurobiology of Stress, 14 100310.
Zhang, L., DiLernia, A., Quevedo, K., Camchong, J., Lim, K., Pan, W., 2020. A random covariance model for bi-level graphical modeling with application to resting-state fMRI data. BIOMETRICS,
Quevedo, K., Teoh, J. Y., Engstrom, M., Wedan, R., Santana-Gonzalez, C., Zewde, B., Porter, D., Kadosh, K. C., Amygdala Circuitry During Neurofeedback Training and Symptoms' Change in Adolescents With Varying Depression. FRONTIERS IN BEHAVIORAL NEUROSCIENCE, 14
Liu, G., Zhang, N., Teoh, J. Y., Egan, C., Zeffiro, T. A., Davidson, R. J., Quevedo, K., 2020. Self-compassion relates to reduced neural responses in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex during sad self-face recognition in depressed adolescents. Psychological Medicine,
Quevedo, K., Liu, G., Teoh, J. Y., Ghosh, S., Zeffiro, T., Ahrweiler, N., Zhang, N., Wedan, R., Oh, S., Guercio, G., Paret, C., 2019. Neurofeedback and neuroplasticity of visual self-processing in depressed and healthy adolescents: A preliminary study. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 40
Harms, M. B., Casement, M. D., Teoh, J. Y., Ruiz, S., Scott, H., Wedan, R., Quevedo, K., 2019. Adolescent suicide attempts and ideation are linked to brain function during peer interactions. Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging, 289 1-9.
Selected Presentations

Selected Presentations

Quevedo, K. M. "Amygdala and Social Cognition Circuits During and Following Neurofeedback in Depressed Youth Clinical", 60th Annual Meeting of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), Puerto Rico. December 08, 2021.
Quevedo, K. M., (Chair) "Dimensions of Abuse and Brain Function During Verbal Self-Processing", Society for Research in Child Development, April 07, 2021.
Quevedo, K. M., (Presenter) "Self-Compassion Neurobiology and Self-Processing in Depressed and Healthy Adolescents", Mind & Life Institute Contemplative Research Conference, November 08, 2020.
Quevedo, K. M., (Presenter) "What The Developing Brain Can Tell Us About Target Selection In Real-Time fMRI-Based Neurofeedback", Real Time Functional Imaging And Neurofeedback Conference (rtFIN), Netherlands. December 11, 2019.
Quevedo, K. M., (Presenter) "Brain Function And Pubertal Development During Social Exclusion In Youth With Varying Depression.", Thirty-third Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Buffalo, New York, September 22, 2019.
Quevedo, K. M. "Pubertal Maturation and Neurodevelopmental Pathways Underlying Risk for Psychopathology", Thirty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, Buffalo, New York, September 21, 2019.
Quevedo, K. M. "The Neural Basis Of Self-Other Processing In Depressed Adolescents", 1st International Symposium on Symbiotic Intelligent Systems, Japan. January 25, 2019.
Quevedo, K. M. "Effects And Mechanisms of Plasticity On The Developing Brain", Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry, Boston, Massachusetts, May 14, 2012.
Quevedo, K. M., Frenn, K., Mary, S., Pollock, S., Gunnar, M. "Fear-Potentiated Startle In Post-Institutionalized Children", Biennial Meeting of the Society for Child Development, Denver, Colorado, April 04, 2009.
Quevedo, K. M., (Chair), Egeland, B., Sroufe, A. "The Recurrence Of Adolescent Depressive Symptoms In Adulthood, Prospective Risk Factors And Mediators", Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado, April 03, 2009.



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