Megan M. Herting, PHD

Dr. Herting is a behavioral neuroscientist with expertise in neurodevelopment using mutli-modal MRI techniques, including structural MRI, functional MRI (fMRI), resting-state functional connectivity (rs-fcMRI), and Diffusion Tensor Imaging (DTI).

Dr. Herting is an Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine and has a joint appointment in Pediatrics at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles. She is also a Faculty Mentor for the USC Neuroscience Graduate Program.


Recent Publications

Herting, M. M., Johnson, C., Mills, K. L., Vijayakumar, N., Dennison, M., Liu, C., . . . Tamnes, C. K. (2018). Development of subcortical volumes across adolescence in males and females: A multisample study of longitudinal changes. Neuroimage, 172, 194-205. doi:S1053-8119(18)30021-1 [pii]

Sepehrband, F., Lynch, K. M., Cabeen, R. P., Gonzalez-Zacarias, C., Zhao, L., D’Arcy, M., . . . Clark, K. A. (2018). Neuroanatomical morphometric characterization of sex differences in youth using statistical learning. Neuroimage, 172, 217-227. doi:S1053-8119(18)30065-X [pii]

Herting, M. M., Kim, R., Uban, K. A., Kan, E., Binley, A., & Sowell, E. R. (2017). Longitudinal changes in pubertal maturation and white matter microstructure.Psychoneuroendocrinology, 81, 70-79. doi:S0306-4530(16)30848-4 [pii]

Herting, M. M., & Chu, X. (2017). Exercise, cognition, and the adolescent brain. Birth Defects Research, 109(20), 1672-1679. doi:10.1002/bdr2.1178 [doi]

Uban, K. A., Herting, M. M., Wozniak, J. R., Sowell, E. R., & CIFASD. (2017). Sex differences in associations between white matter microstructure and gonadal hormones in children and adolescents with prenatal alcohol exposure. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 83, 111-121. doi:S0306-4530(16)30584-4 [pii]

Tamnes, C. K., Herting, M. M., Goddings, A. L., Meuwese, R., Blakemore, S. J., Dahl, R. E., . . . Mills, K. L. (2017). Development of the cerebral cortex across adolescence: A multisample study of inter-related longitudinal changes in cortical volume, surface area, and thickness. The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, 37(12), 3402-3412. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3302-16.2017 [doi]

Lewis-de Los Angeles, C. P., Williams, P. L., Huo, Y., Wang, S. D., Uban, K. A., Herting, M. M., . . . Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) and the Pediatric Imaging, Neurocognition, and Genetics (PING) Study. (2017). 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, Behavior, and Immunity, 62, 100-109. doi:S0889-1591(17)30003-X [pii]

Herting, M. M., & Sowell, E. R. (2017). Puberty and structural brain development in humans. Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology, 44, 122-137. doi:S0091-3022(16)30063-2 [pii]

Clements, A. L., Griswold, W. G., Rs, A., Johnston, J. E., Herting, M. M., Thorson, J., . . . Hannigan, M. (2017). Low-cost air quality monitoring tools: From research to practice (A workshop summary). Sensors (Basel, Switzerland), 17(11), 10.3390/s17112478. doi:E2478 [pii]

Herting, M. M., Gautam, P., Chen, Z., Mezher, A., & Vetter, N. C. (2017). Test-retest reliability of longitudinal task-based fMRI: Implications for developmental studies.Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, doi:S1878-9293(16)30029-9 [pii]

Mills, K. L., Goddings, A. L., Herting, M. M., Meuwese, R., Blakemore, S. J., Crone, E. A., . . . Tamnes, C. K. (2016). Structural brain development between childhood and adulthood: Convergence across four longitudinal samples. Neuroimage, 141, 273-281. doi:S1053-8119(16)30351-2 [pii]

Backhausen, L. L., Herting, M. M., Buse, J., Roessner, V., Smolka, M. N., & Vetter, N. C. (2016). Quality control of structural MRI images applied using FreeSurfer-A hands-on workflow to rate motion artifacts. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 10, 558. doi:10.3389/fnins.2016.00558 [doi]

Herting, M. M., Keenan, M. F., & Nagel, B. J. (2016). Aerobic fitness linked to cortical brain development in adolescent males: Preliminary findings suggest a possible role of BDNF genotype. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 10, 327. doi:10.3389/fnhum.2016.00327 [doi]

Uban, K. A., Herting, M. M., Williams, P. L., Ajmera, T., Gautam, P., Huo, Y., . . . Pediatric HIVAIDS Cohort and the Pediatric Imaging, Neurocognition, and Genetics Studies. (2015). White matter microstructure among youth with perinatally acquired HIV is associated with disease severity. AIDS (London, England), 29(9), 1035-1044. doi:10.1097/QAD.0000000000000648 [doi]

Peraza, J., Cservenka, A., Herting, M. M., & Nagel, B. J. (2015). Atypical parietal lobe activity to subliminal faces in youth with a family history of alcoholism. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 41(2), 139-145. doi:10.3109/00952990.2014.953251 [doi]

Herting, M. M., Uban, K. A., Williams, P. L., Gautam, P., Huo, Y., Malee, K., . . . Sowell, E. R. (2015). Default mode connectivity in youth with perinatally acquired HIV.Medicine, 94(37), e1417. doi:10.1097/MD.0000000000001417 [doi]

Herting, M. M., Gautam, P., Spielberg, J. M., Dahl, R. E., & Sowell, E. R. (2015). A longitudinal study: Changes in cortical thickness and surface area during pubertal maturation.PloS One, 10(3), e0119774. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0119774 [doi]

Houston, S. M., Herting, M. M., & Sowell, E. R. (2014). The neurobiology of childhood structural brain development: Conception through adulthood. Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences, 16, 3-17. doi:10.1007/7854_2013_265 [doi]

Herting, M. M., Colby, J. B., Sowell, E. R., & Nagel, B. J. (2014). White matter connectivity and aerobic fitness in male adolescents. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 7, 65-75. doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2013.11.003 [doi]

Herting, M. M., Gautam, P., Spielberg, J. M., Kan, E., Dahl, R. E., & Sowell, E. R. (2014). The role of testosterone and estradiol in brain volume changes across adolescence: A longitudinal structural MRI study. Human Brain Mapping, 35(11), 5633-5645. doi:10.1002/hbm.22575 [doi]

Seghete, K. L., Herting, M. M., & Nagel, B. J. (2013). White matter microstructure correlates of inhibition and task-switching in adolescents. Brain Research, 1527, 15-28. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2013.06.003 [doi]

Nagel, B. J., Herting, M. M., Maxwell, E. C., Bruno, R., & Fair, D. (2013). Hemispheric lateralization of verbal and spatial working memory during adolescence. Brain and Cognition, 82(1), 58-68. doi:10.1016/j.bandc.2013.02.007 [doi]

Mackiewicz Seghete, K. L., Cservenka, A., Herting, M. M., & Nagel, B. J. (2013). Atypical spatial working memory and task-general brain activity in adolescents with a family history of alcoholism. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, 37(3), 390-398. doi:10.1111/j.1530-0277.2012.01948.x [doi]

Herting, M. M., & Nagel, B. J. (2013). Differences in brain activity during a verbal associative memory encoding task in high- and low-fit adolescents. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 25(4), 595-612. doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00344 [doi]

Cservenka, A., Herting, M. M., Seghete, K. L., Hudson, K. A., & Nagel, B. J. (2013). High and low sensation seeking adolescents show distinct patterns of brain activity during reward processing. Neuroimage, 66, 184-193. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2012.11.003 [doi]

Cservenka, A., Herting, M. M., & Nagel, B. J. (2012). Atypical frontal lobe activity during verbal working memory in youth with a family history of alcoholism. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 123(1-3), 98-104. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2011.10.021 [doi]

Herting, M. M., Maxwell, E. C., Irvine, C., & Nagel, B. J. (2012). The impact of sex, puberty, and hormones on white matter microstructure in adolescents. Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991), 22(9), 1979-1992. doi:10.1093/cercor/bhr246 [doi]

Herting, M. M., & Nagel, B. J. (2012). Aerobic fitness relates to learning on a virtual morris water task and hippocampal volume in adolescents. Behavioural Brain Research, 233(2), 517-525. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2012.05.012 [doi]

Herting, M. M., Fair, D., & Nagel, B. J. (2011). Altered fronto-cerebellar connectivity in alcohol-naive youth with a family history of alcoholism. Neuroimage, 54(4), 2582-2589. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.10.030 [doi]

Herting, M. M., Schwartz, D., Mitchell, S. H., & Nagel, B. J. (2010). Delay discounting behavior and white matter microstructure abnormalities in youth with a family history of alcoholism. Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research, 34(9), 1590-1602. doi:10.1111/j.1530-0277.2010.01244.x [doi]

Markham, J. A., Herting, M. M., Luszpak, A. E., Juraska, J. M., & Greenough, W. T. (2009). Myelination of the corpus callosum in male and female rats following complex environment housing during adulthood. Brain Research, 1288, 9-17. doi:10.1016/j.brainres.2009.06.087 [doi]