Stuart White, Ph.D.

Stuart White, Ph.D.



Stuart White, Ph.D. is the Director of the Decision-Making Research Program in the Center for Neurobehavioral Research. He is an expert in the neurobiology of antisocial behavior youth and has published more than 30 scientific manuscripts on this and related topics. His academic service includes sitting on the editorial boards of the Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology and Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and teaching at the University of Nebraska Medical Center/Creighton University Residency Programs, the University of Nebraska Medical Center Graduate Neuroscience Program and the University of Nebraska-Omaha undergraduate psychology program. Dr. White also serves as a scientific advisor to the National Courts and Sciences Institute, which involves educating judges on scientific topics. Dr. White was awarded a K01 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health in 2017. He received his Ph.D. at the University of New Orleans and trained in neuroimaging at the National Institute of Mental Health, NIH. Dr. White joined the Center for Neurobehavioral Research in October of 2015.

Research Interests

Dr. White's primary research interests focus on behavioral problems and aggressive behavior, particularly in the context of Conduct Disorder and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Dr. White's program of research examines the neurobiology of various kinds of decision-making and how dysfunction in brain regions involved in decision-making processes is related to behavioral problems and aggression. Dr. White uses functional MRI in conjunction with behavioral and clinical research techniques. 

Selected Recent Publications: 

White, S.F., Tyler, P.M., Erway, A.K., Botkin, M.L., Pope, K., Meffert, H. & Blair, R.J.R. (2016). The association of dysfunctional representation of expected value, reinforcement-based decision-making deficits and conduct problems in adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

White, S.F., Vantieghem, M.M., Brislin, S.J., Sypher, I. Sinclair, S., Pine, D.S, Hwang, S. & Blair, R.J.R. (2016). Neural correlates of the propensity for retaliatory behavior in youth with disruptive behavior disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 173(3), 282-90.

White, S.F., Pope, K., Sinclair, S., Fowler, K.A., Brislin, S.J., Williams, W.C., Pine, D.S. & Blair, R.J.R. (2013).  Disrupted expected value and prediction error signaling in youth with disruptive behavior disorders during a passive avoidance task. American Journal of Psychiatry, 170(3), 315-323.

White, S.F., Brislin, S.J., Sinclair, S & Blair, R.J.R. (2013). Punishing unfairness: Rewarding or the organization of a reactively aggressive response? Human Brain Mapping, 35(5), 2137-2147.

White, S.F., Marsh, A.A., Fowler, K.A., Schechter, J.C., Adalio, C.J., Pope, K., Sinclair, S., Pine, D.S., & Blair, R.J.R. (2012). Reduced amygdala responding in youth with Disruptive Behavior Disorder and Psychopathic Traits reflects a reduced emotional response not increased top down attention to non-emotional features. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169, 750-758. 

Frick, P.J. & White, S.F. (2008). The importance of callous-unemotional traits for developmental models of aggressive and antisocial behavior. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49(4), 359-375.