Faculty Profile

Megan Herting, PhD

Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine
herting@usc.edu

Megan M. Herting, PhD joined the Department of Preventive Medicine at the University of Southern California as an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine in 2016. Dr. Herting is a behavioral neuroscientist with a strong background in neurodevelopment using MRI. She earned her PhD in behavioral neuroscience from Oregon Health & Science University in 2012, where her work focused on understanding family history and environmental influences on adolescent neurodevelopment and behavior. As a postdoctoral fellow, Dr. Herting trained in applying longitudinal multi-level modeling to neuroimaging datasets at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. She also worked to explore how hormones influence brain-behavior development during this time.

Dr. Herting’s current research interests include 1) examining effects of prenatal and early life environmental factors (e.g. chemicals, physical activity) on neurodevelopment and cognition, 2) investigating how alterations to hormone levels in utero and during puberty influence brain-behavior outcomes, and 3) identifying preclinical indicators of neurodevelopmental disorders and mental health risk across childhood and adolescence.


Publications


Regional and traffic-related air pollutants are associated with higher consumption of fast food and trans fat among adolescents
Am J Clin Nutr. 2019 Jan 01; 109(1):99-108.

Development of subcortical volumes across adolescence in males and females: A multisample study of longitudinal changes
Neuroimage. 2018 May 15; 172:194-205.

Test-retest reliability of longitudinal task-based fMRI: Implications for developmental studies
Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2018 10; 33:17-26.

Neuroanatomical morphometric characterization of sex differences in youth using statistical learning
Neuroimage. 2018 05 15; 172:217-227.

Development of subcortical volumes across adolescence in males and females: A multisample study of longitudinal changes
Neuroimage. 2018 05 15; 172:194-205.

Exercise, cognition, and the adolescent brain
Birth Defects Res. 2017 Dec 01; 109(20):1672-1679.

Low-Cost Air Quality Monitoring Tools: From Research to Practice (A Workshop Summary)
Sensors (Basel). 2017 Oct 28; 17(11).

Test-retest reliability of longitudinal task-based fMRI: Implications for developmental studies
Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2017 Jul 13.

Longitudinal changes in pubertal maturation and white matter microstructure
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 Jul; 81:70-79.

Lower total and regional grey matter brain volumes in youth with perinatally-acquired HIV infection: Associations with HIV disease severity, substance use, and cognition
Brain Behav Immun. 2017 May; 62:100-109.

Development of the Cerebral Cortex across Adolescence: A Multisample Study of Inter-Related Longitudinal Changes in Cortical Volume, Surface Area, and Thickness
J Neurosci. 2017 Mar 22; 37(12):3402-3412.

Puberty and structural brain development in humans
Front Neuroendocrinol. 2017 01; 44:122-137.

Development of the Cerebral Cortex across Adolescence: A Multisample Study of Inter-Related Longitudinal Changes in Cortical Volume, Surface Area, and Thickness
J Neurosci. 2017 03 22; 37(12):3402-3412.

Structural brain development between childhood and adulthood: Convergence across four longitudinal samples
Neuroimage. 2016 Nov 01; 141:273-281.

Quality Control of Structural MRI Images Applied Using FreeSurfer-A Hands-On Workflow to Rate Motion Artifacts
Front Neurosci. 2016; 10:558.

Aerobic Fitness Linked to Cortical Brain Development in Adolescent Males: Preliminary Findings Suggest a Possible Role of BDNF Genotype
Front Hum Neurosci. 2016; 10:327.

Default Mode Connectivity in Youth With Perinatally Acquired HIV
Medicine (Baltimore). 2015 Sep; 94(37):e1417.

White matter microstructure among youth with perinatally acquired HIV is associated with disease severity
AIDS. 2015 Jun 01; 29(9):1035-44.

Atypical parietal lobe activity to subliminal faces in youth with a family history of alcoholism
Am J Drug Alcohol Abuse. 2015 Mar; 41(2):139-45.

A longitudinal study: changes in cortical thickness and surface area during pubertal maturation
PLoS One. 2015; 10(3):e0119774.

The role of testosterone and estradiol in brain volume changes across adolescence: a longitudinal structural MRI study
Hum Brain Mapp. 2014 Nov; 35(11):5633-45.

The neurobiology of childhood structural brain development: conception through adulthood
Curr Top Behav Neurosci. 2014; 16:3-17.

White matter connectivity and aerobic fitness in male adolescents
Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2014 Jan; 7:65-75.

White matter microstructure correlates of inhibition and task-switching in adolescents
Brain Res. 2013 Aug 21; 1527:15-28.

Hemispheric lateralization of verbal and spatial working memory during adolescence
Brain Cogn. 2013 Jun; 82(1):58-68.

Differences in brain activity during a verbal associative memory encoding task in high- and low-fit adolescents
J Cogn Neurosci. 2013 Apr; 25(4):595-612.

Atypical spatial working memory and task-general brain activity in adolescents with a family history of alcoholism
Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2013 Mar; 37(3):390-8.

High and low sensation seeking adolescents show distinct patterns of brain activity during reward processing
Neuroimage. 2013 Feb 01; 66:184-93.

The impact of sex, puberty, and hormones on white matter microstructure in adolescents
Cereb Cortex. 2012 Sep; 22(9):1979-92.

Aerobic fitness relates to learning on a virtual Morris Water Task and hippocampal volume in adolescents
Behav Brain Res. 2012 Aug 01; 233(2):517-25.

Atypical frontal lobe activity during verbal working memory in youth with a family history of alcoholism
Drug Alcohol Depend. 2012 Jun 01; 123(1-3):98-104.

Altered white matter microstructure in children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2011 Mar; 50(3):283-92.

Altered fronto-cerebellar connectivity in alcohol-naïve youth with a family history of alcoholism
Neuroimage. 2011 Feb 14; 54(4):2582-9.

Delay discounting behavior and white matter microstructure abnormalities in youth with a family history of alcoholism
Alcohol Clin Exp Res. 2010 Sep 01; 34(9):1590-602.

Myelination of the corpus callosum in male and female rats following complex environment housing during adulthood
Brain Res. 2009 Sep 08; 1288:9-17.