Elliott A. Beaton, Ph.D.

Elliott A. Beaton, Ph. D.

Dr. Beaton is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans and the Director of the Stress, Cognition, and Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. He studies how stress affects in brain development and function children and adolescents at ultra-high risk for developing serious mental illness in adulthood including anxiety, schizophrenia, and dementia.  The goal of his translational work is to inform diagnosis, prevention and mitigation by identifying and understanding early prodromal indicators.  To this end, Dr. Beaton uses functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging with network connectivity analyses and combines it with behavioral, psychophysiological, hormonal, and immunological stress measures. He has extensive experience working with and studying special populations of children, adolescents, and adults. Dr. Beaton’s work has been funded by local, state, and national funding agencies, including the National Institutes of Mental Health.

SCANLab Website: http://unoscanlab.com/


Selected Publications

  1. Sanders AF, Hobbs DA, Stephenson DD Jr, Laird RD, Beaton EA. Working Memory Impairments in Chromosome 22q11.2 Deletion Syndrome: The Roles of Anxiety and Stress Physiology. J Autism Dev Disord. 2017 Apr;47(4):992-1005. PubMed PMID: 28083777.
  2. Tang A, Beaton EA, Tatham E, Schulkin J, Hall GB, Schmidt LA. Processing of different types of social threat in shyness: Preliminary findings of distinct functional neural connectivity. Soc Neurosci. 2016;11(1):15-37. PubMed PMID: 25855888.
  3. Stewart AM, Nguyen M, Poudel MK, Warnick JE, Echevarria DJ, Beaton EA, Song C, Kalueff AV. The failure of anxiolytic therapies in early clinical trials: what needs to be done. Expert Opin Investig Drugs. 2015 Apr;24(4):543-56. Review. PubMed PMID: 25727478.
  4. Tang A, Beaton EA, Schulkin J, Hall GB, Schmidt L. Revisiting shyness and sociability: a preliminary investigation of hormone-brain-behavior relations. Front Psychol. 2014 Dec 23;5:1430. PubMed PMID: 25566117; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4274875.
  5. Stephenson DD, Beaton EA, Weems CF, Angkustsiri K, Simon TJ. Identifying patterns of anxiety and depression in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome: comorbidity predicts behavioral difficulties and impaired functional communications. Behav Brain Res. 2015 Jan 1;276:190-8. PubMed PMID: 24906195; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4254311.
  6. Angkustsiri K, Leckliter I, Tartaglia N, Beaton EA, Enriquez J, Simon TJ. An examination of the relationship of anxiety and intelligence to adaptive functioning in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. J Dev Behav Pediatr. 2012 Nov-Dec;33(9):713-20. PubMed PMID: 23117596; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3523689.
  7. Beaton EA, Simon TJ. How might stress contribute to increased risk for schizophrenia in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome? J Neurodev Disord. 2011 Mar;3(1):68-75. PubMed PMID: 21475728; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3056992.
  8. Beaton EA, Stoddard J, Lai S, Lackey J, Shi J, Ross JL, Simon TJ. Atypical functional brain activation during a multiple object tracking task in girls with Turner syndrome: neurocorrelates of reduced spatiotemporal resolution. Am J Intellect Dev Disabil. 2010 Mar;115(2):140-56. PubMed PMID: 20441384; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2967304.
  9. Beaton EA, Qin Y, Nguyen V, Johnson J, Pinter JD, Simon TJ. Increased incidence and size of cavum septum pellucidum in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. Psychiatry Res. 2010 Feb 28;181(2):108-13. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2009.10.009. Epub 2010 Jan 13. PubMed PMID: 20074913; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2904971.
  10. Beaton EA, Schmidt LA, Schulkin J, Antony MM, Swinson RP, Hall GB. Different fusiform activity to stranger and personally familiar faces in shy and social adults. Soc Neurosci. 2009;4(4):308-16. PubMed PMID: 19322727.
  11. Beaton EA, Schmidt LA, Ashbaugh AR, Santesso DL, Antony MM, McCabe RE. Resting and reactive frontal brain electrical activity (EEG) among a non-clinical sample of socially anxious adults: does concurrent depressive mood matter? Neuropsychiatr Dis Treat. 2008 Feb;4(1):187-92. PubMed PMID: 18728822; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC2515916.
  12. Beaton EA, Schmidt LA, Schulkin J, Antony MM, Swinson RP, Hall GB. Different neural responses to stranger and personally familiar faces in shy and bold adults. Behav Neurosci. 2008 Jun;122(3):704-9. PubMed PMID: 18513140.
  13. deCatanzaro D, Beaton EA, Khan A, Vella E. Urinary oestradiol and testosterone levels from novel male mice approach values sufficient to disrupt early pregnancy in nearby inseminated females. Reproduction. 2006 Aug;132(2):309-17. PubMed PMID: 16885539.
  14. Beaton EA, deCatanzaro D. Novel males’ capacity to disrupt early pregnancy in mice (Mus musculus) is attenuated via a chronic reduction of males’ urinary 17beta-estradiol. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2005 Aug;30(7):688-97. PubMed PMID: 15854785.
  15. deCatanzaro D, Muir C, Beaton EA, Jetha M. Non-invasive repeated measurement of urinary progesterone, 17beta-estradiol, and testosterone in developing, cycling, pregnant, and postpartum female mice. Steroids. 2004 Sep;69(10):687-96. PubMed PMID: 15465115.
  16. Cabaral MH, Beaton EA, Stoddard J, Simon TJ. Impaired multiple object tracking in children with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion syndrome. J Neurodev Disord. 2012 Apr 12;4(1):6. PubMed PMID: 22958454; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3374294.
  17. Quintero AI, Beaton EA, Harvey DJ, Ross JL, Simon TJ. Common and specific impairments in attention functioning in girls with chromosome 22q11.2 deletion, fragile X or Turner syndromes. J Neurodev Disord. 2014 Mar 14;6(1):5. PubMed PMID: 24628892; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3995552.