Title: Professor
Research: Social Neuroscience
Tel: 8610-5880-2846
Address: Room 207, fMRI Building, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, 100875, P.R.China
Postcode: 100875

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Dr. Yina Ma is currently the director of Social & Affective NeuroPharmacology (SANP) Lab and Principle Investigator in State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, and IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University.
She obtained her Ph.D. degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at Peking University in 2012, and was a Research Scientist at Dartmouth College and Johns Hopkins University from 2012 to 2015. Her research interests lie broadly in human emotion and social cognition. Integrating neuroscience techniques, genetics, pharmacological challenge and disorder model, she aims to elucidate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying social and emotional processes and to reveal how the mechanisms are altered. These findings have been published on high-profile journals such as Molecular Psychiatry, Brain, Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Proc Natl Acad Sci USA (PNAS),Cerebral Cortex, Neuropsychopharmacology, British Journal of Psychiatry, Neuroimage, Human Brain Mapping, JEP, JESP etc. The long-term goals of the SANP Lab are to uncover the central neurobiological determinants of human emotion and social cognition, and to then integrate its empirical findings with public mental health issues to promote treatment for mental disorders and wellbeing. 

2007 –2012           Ph.D., Psychology & Neuroscience
                Department of Psychology, Peking University, China
2003 –2007           B.S., Psychology
                Department of Psychology, Fudan University, China

Working Experience:
2015 – present: Principle Investigator, State Key Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience and Learning, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
2015 – present: Principle Investigator, IDG/McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, China
2013 – 2015: Research Scientist, Lieber Institute for Brain Development, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA
2012 –2013: Postdoctoral Fellow; Psychological & Brain Sciences, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NH, USA