Neuropsychology Fellowship: Faculty Bibliography

Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology
Selected Faculty Bibliography

Bertocci, M.A., Bebko, G.M., Mullin, B.C., Langenecker, S.A., Ladouceur, C.D., Almeida, J.R.C., Phillips, M.L., Abnormal anterior cingulate cortical and putamen activity distinguish bipolar from unipolar depression in females, Psychological Medicine, 42, 1417-1428   2011, DOI: 10.1017/S003329171100242X 

Briceno, E.M., Weisenbach, S.L., Rapport, L.J., Hazlett, K.E., Bieliauskas, L.A., Haase, B.D., Ransom, M.T., Brinkman, M.L., Pecina, M., Schteingart, D., Starkman, M.N., Giordani, B., Welsh, R.C., Noll, D.C., Zubieta, J-K, & Langenecker, S.A. (In Press). Inferior frontal laterality in women with major depressive disorder is related to emotion processing deficits. 

Considine, C. Wright, S.L., Walker, S.J., McFadden, M., Franti, L.M., Bieliauskas, L.A., Maixner, D., Giordani, B., Berent, S., Langenecker, S.A. (2011). Auditory memory decrements, without dissimulation, among patients with major depressive disorder. Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology, 26, 445-453. 

Drag, L.L., Bieliauskas, L.A., Langenecker, S.A., Greenfield, L.J. Cognitive Functioning, Retirement Status, and Age: Results from the Cognitive Changes and Retirement among Senior Surgeons Study, Journal of the American College of Surgeons, 211:303-307. 2010. 

Festa, J.R., Schwarz, L., Pliskin, N.H., Cullum, C.M., Lacritz, L., Charbel, F., Matthews, M., Starke, R., Connolly, E.S., Marshall, R.S. and Lazar, R. M. Neurocognitive Function in Adult Moyamoya Disease.  Journal of Neurology, 257(5), 806-815, 2010.  

Gaviria, M., Pliskin, N. and Krey, A.  Cognitive Impairment in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure and Its Implications on Decision-Making Capacity. Congestive Heart Failure Jul-Aug; 17(4):175-9, 2011. 

Geary, EK, Kraus, MF, Pliskin, NH and Little, DM. Verbal Learning Differences in Chronic Mild Traumatic Brain Injury.  Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 16(3), 506-516, 2010. 

Hsu DT, Langenecker SA, Kennedy SE, Zubieta JK, Heitzeg MM.  FMRI BOLD responses to negative stimuli in the prefrontal cortex are dependent on levels of recent negative life stress in major depressive disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 123(3), 202-208. 2010.  DOI: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2009.12.002.  

Iverson, GL, Brooks, BL, Langenecker, SA, Young, Allan.  Identifying a Cognitive Impairment Subgroup in Adults with Mood Disorders, Journal of Affective Disorders, 132 (3), pp. 360-36. 2011.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2011.03.001 

Langenecker, SA, Kennedy, SE, Guidotti, LM, Briceno, EM, Own, L., Hooven, T, Young, EA, Akil, H, Noll, DC, Zubieta, JK.   Frontal and limbic activation during inhibitory control predicts treatment response in Major Depressive Disorder.  Biological Psychiatry, 62(11), 1272-1280. 2007. 

Langenecker, S.A., Saunders, E.F.H., Kade, A.M., Ransom, M.T., McInnis, M.G.  Intermediate Cognitive Phenotypes in Bipolar Disorder, Journal of Affective Disorders, 122, 285–293. 2010.  DOI: 10.1016/j.jad.2009.08.018. 

Langenecker, SA, Weisenbach, SL, Giordani, B, Briceno, EM, Guidotti-Breting, LM, Schallmo, M-P., Leon, H., Noll, D.C., Zubieta, JK., Schteingart, DE, Starkman, MN.  Chronic Hypercortisolemia and Affective Dysfunction, Neuropharmacology, 62 (1), pp. 217-225. 2012.  DOI: 10.1016/j.neuropharm.2011.07.006. 

Little, D.M., Kraus, M.F., Joseph, J., Geary, E.K., Susmaras, T., Zhou, X.J., Pliskin, N.H. and Gorelick, P.B. Thalamic integrity underlies executive dysfunction in traumatic brain injury.  Neurology, 74(7), 558-564, 2010.  

Loeher, K.E., Rapport, L.J., Vangel, S.J., Hanks, R.A., Lequerica, A., Whitman, R.D., & Langenecker, S.A.. Impulsivity and Traumatic Brain Injury:  The Relationship between Behavioral Observation, Performance Measures, and Rating Scales. Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 23(2):65-73, 2008. 

Maki PM. Prospective Assessment Of Estrogen Replacement Therapy And Cognitive Functioning: Atherosclerosis Risk In Communities Study.  Am J Epidemiol. 2002 Oct 15;156(8):785. 

Maki PM, Rich JB, Rosenbaum RS. Implicit memory varies across the menstrual cycle: estrogen effects in young women. Neuropsychologia. 2002;40(5):518-29. 

Maki PM, Resnick SM. Effects of estrogen on patterns of brain activity at rest and during cognitive activity: a review of neuroimaging studies.  Neuroimage. 2001 Oct;14(4):789-801. 

Maki P, Zonderman A, Resnick S. Enhanced verbal memory in nondemented elderly women receiving hormone-replacement therapy. Am J Psychiatry. 2001 Feb;158(2):227-33. 

Maki PM, Bylsma FW, Brandt J. Conceptual and perceptual implicit memory in Huntington's disease. Neuropsychology. 2000 Jul;14(3):331-40. 

Maki PM, Resnick SM. Longitudinal effects of estrogen replacement therapy on PET cerebral blood flow and cognition. Neurobiol Aging. 2000 Mar-Apr;21(2):373-83. 

Pliskin , N.H., Capelli-Schellpfeffer, M., Law, R.T., Malina, A.C., Kelley, K.M. and Lee, R.C. Neuropsychological Symptom Presentation Following Electrical Injury. Journal of Trauma, 44(4), 709-715, 1998. 

Pliskin , N.H, Fink, J, Malina, A.M., Moran, S., Kelley, K.M., Capelli- Schellpfeffer, M. and Lee, R.C.  The neuropsychological effects of electrical injury: New insights. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences, 888,140-149, 1999. 

Prigatano, G.P. and Pliskin, N.H. (2002).  Clinical Neuropsychology and Cost Outcomes Research: A Beginning.  Brighton:  Psychology Press. 

Ramati, A. Pliskin, N., Keedy, S. Erwin, R., Fink, J. Bodnar, E., Lee, R., Cooper, M. and Sweeney, J. Alteration in Functional Brain Systems After Electrical Injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 26(10):1815-22, 2009. 

Ramati, A., Rubin, L., Wicklund, A., Pliskin, N., Ammar, A., Fink, J., Bodnar, E., Lee, R., Cooper, M. and Kelley, K. Prevalence of Psychiatric Morbidity Following Electrical Injury and Its Effects on Cognitive Functioning.  General Hospital Psychiatry, 31(4):360-6, 2009. 

Resnick SM, Maki PM Effects of hormone replacement therapy on cognitive and brain aging. Ann N Y Acad Sci. 2001 Dec;949:203-14. 

Ryan, K.A., Vederman, A.C., McFadden, E.M., Weldon, A., Kamali, M., Langenecker, S.A., McInnis, M.G. Executive functioning components change across phases of bipolar disorder, Bipolar Disorders 2012: 14: 527–536.  DOI: 10.1111/j.1399-5618.2012.01032.x 

Schwarz, L., Schrift, M., and Pliskin, N Forensic neuropsychological evaluations in a university-affiliated medical center.  Journal of Head Trauma Rehabilitation, 24, 99-103, 2009. 

Vederman, A.C., Weisenbach, S.L., Rapport, L.J., Leon, H.M., Haase, B., Franti, L.M., Schallmo, M-P, Saunders, E.F.H., Kamali, M.M., Zubieta, J-K., Langenecker, S.A., McInnis, M.G. (2011). Modality-specific alterations in the perception of emotional stimuli in Bipolar disorder compared to healthy controls and Major Depressive Disorder. Cortex, doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2011.03.017. 

Votruba, K.L., Langenecker, S.A., Factor Structure, Construct Validity and Age- and Education-Based Normative Data for the Parametric Go/No-go Test. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, in press. 

Weisenbach, S.L ., Boore, L.A., & Kales, H.C. (2012). Depression and cognitive impairment in older adults. Current Psychiatry Reports, doi 10.1007/s11920-012-0278-7.  

Wright, S.L., Persad, C. (2007) Distinguishing between depression and dementia in the elderly: Neuropsychological and neuropathological correlates. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 20, 187-188. Review 

Wright, S.L. , Langenecker, S.A., Deldin, P.J., Rapport, L.J., Nielson, K.A., Kade, A.A., Own, L.S., Akil, H., Young, E.A., & Zubieta, J-K. (2009). Gender specific disruptions in emotion processing in younger adults with depression. Depression and Anxiety, 26, 182-189. 

Wright, S.L., Kay, R.E., Avery, E.T., Giordani, B., & Alexander, A. (2011). The impact of depression on dual tasking among patients with high fall risk. Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry and Neurology, 24, 142-150. 

Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Bechara, A., Martin, E. M. (2007). Are all drug addicts impulsive? Effects of antisociality and extent of multidrug use on cognitive and motor impulsivity. Addictive Behaviors, 32 (12), 3071-3076. 

Vassileva, J., Petkova, P., Georgiev, S., Martin, E. M., Tersiyski, R., Velinov, V., Raycheva, M., Marinov, P. (2007). Impaired decision making in psychopathic heroin addicts. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 86, 287-289. 

Vassileva, J., Georgiev, S., Martin, E. M., Gonzalez, R., Segala, L. (2011). Psychopathic heroin addicts are not uniformly impaired across neurocognitive domains of impulsivity. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 114 (2-3), 194-200. 

Liu, R. T.,Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Martin, E. M. (in press). A comparison of delay discounting among substance users with and without suicide attempt history. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. 

Paxton, J.,Vassileva, J., Gonzalez, R., Maki, P., Martin, E. M. (in press). Neurocognitive performance in drug dependent males and females with PTSD symptoms. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.  

Gonzalez, R., Schuster, R., Mermelstein, R. J., Vassileva, J., Martin, E. M., Diviak, K. R. (in press). Performance of young adult cannabis users on neurocognitive measures of impulsive behavior and their relationships to symptoms of cannabis use disorders. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology.


Neuropsychology Fellowship: Faculty/Listing

Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology
Neuropsychology Faculty

Scott A. Langenecker, Ph.D. Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology, Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Center (Marquette University, 2001). Professional Interests: Adult Attention Deficit, Mood Disorders, Disorders with Dysfunctional HPA axis function (e.g., Cushing’s disease). Research interests: Functional imaging, task development, mood disorders, predicting treatment response.

Pauline M. Maki, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Illinois at Chicago. Research interests: neuropsychology of aging, with a focus on interventions, particularly, hormonal therapy, and their effects on both age-related cognitive change and dementia.

Neil H. Pliskin, Ph.D., ABPP/CN Professor and Division Chief of Neuropsychology, University of Health Sciences/Chicago Medical School (1988). Clinical and research interests: Medical neuropsychology, including renal disease, multiple sclerosis, dementia, electrical injury and the cognitive effects of somatic treatments.

Sara L. Weisenbach, PhD. Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of Illinois-Chicago, Clinical Psychologist, Jesse Brown VA (Colorado State, 2005). Professional Interests: mood disorders, neurodegenerative disease. Research interests: geriatric mood disorders, Alzheimer's disease, neuroimaging, gender differences


Neuropsychology Fellowship

The Neuropsychology Service also offers training programs at the externship, internship (http://www.psych.uic.edu/internship/trainOppr.htm), and residency levels. The Neuropsychology Program within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago (UIC) is recruiting one new position in its two-year residency program in clinical neuropsychology. The program is a member of the Association of Postdoctoral Programs in Clinical Neuropsychology (APPCN) and conforms to the Houston Conference guidelines for training in clinical neuropsychology. We have 5 faculty neuropsychologists, 1 of whom is board certified in Clinical Neuropsychology (ABPP). Fellows receive broad clinical training with diverse adult neurologic, psychiatric, and neurodevelopmental populations and clinical rotations are flexible. All residents participate in a variety of didactic activities including a Neuroanatomy review course and Behavioral Neurosciences seminar, teaching/supervision of interns and graduate students, and contribution to or initiation of research programs under the mentorship of faculty. Research programs are ongoing in the following areas: Mood Disorders, Vascular Cognitive Disorders, Electrical Injury, Traumatic Brain Injury, Chronic Pain, Hormones and Cognition, and Epilepsy. Rotations in other medical clinics such as Memory and Aging Clinic, Neurosurgery Clinic, EEG Lab, and Neuroradiology may also be arranged as individual candidate interests dictate.

Trainees interested in applying for the upcoming academic year beginning in July can obtain more information from our web-based program description. Most interviewing of candidates will take place at the annual meeting of the International Neuropsychological Society (INS) in February although phone/onsite interviewing is available to select applicants. Please note that our residency program participates in the APPCN match system. Application should include a letter of interest, CV, and three letters of recommendation. The deadline for receipt of all application materials is January 15. Additional information may be obtained at the APPCN website (http://www.appcn.org/departmentofpsychiatryuniversityofillinois). All inquiries regarding this information as well as application materials should be addressed to:

Neil H. Pliskin, Ph.D., ABPP-CN
Director, Neuropsychology Program
Training Director, Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology
912 S. Wood Street, MC 913
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, IL 60612
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Phone: (312) 996-6217

Postdoctoral Residency in Clinical Neuropsychology:

Program Overview

Program Mission: To provide advanced level clinical, didactic and academic training to produce competent psychologists in the specialty of Clinical Neuropsychology.

Entry Requirements: Successful completion of an APA accredited doctoral education and training program as well as an internship program that includes substantial training in clinical neuropsychology. No candidates who are ABD at the beginning of the Residency will be considered.

Program Components:

1. Development of advanced skill in the neuropsychological evaluation and treatment of patients, and consultation to patients and professionals sufficient to practice on an independent basis;
2. Development of advanced understanding of brain-behavior relationships; medical neuroanatomy course.
3. Scholarly activity, e.g., submission of a study or literature review for publication, presentation, and submission of a grant proposal or outcome assessment.
4. Pedagogical activities, e.g. teaching contributions to Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar, Neuroanatomy Review, facilitation of monthly Journal Club and opportunities for supervision of a psychology intern or extern.

Program Structure:

This is a two-year residency. Three days (60%) of the postdoctoral resident's week will be spent engaged in providing clinical service, including assessment and treatment activities. The remaining two days (40%) will be spent in research and educational activities.
The Neuropsychology Program provides neuropsychological assessment of adult and pediatric inpatients and outpatients drawn from the medical center's Departments of Psychiatry, Neurosurgery, Neuropsychiatry, Rehabilitation, Neurology, Geriatrics, and Medicine, as well as from outside referral sources and school settings. These referrals span the entire list of neuropathological conditions such as dementia, cerebrovascular disorders, tumor, HIV, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, degenerative disorders, ADHD, learning disabilities, developmental disorders, and traumatic brain injury.

Year 1:

• Major focus in adult neuropsychology
• Support the Neuropsychology Inpatient Consultation Service
• Medical Neuroanatomy course with concurrent half-time major rotation over 3 months
• Twenty-four hours of assessment per week are required. These will typically consist of three outpatient evaluations and one inpatient evaluation per week although this requirement will be reduced to 12 hours/week during the 3 months of the Neuroanatomy course
• 2 minor elective rotations over the course of the year (see below) can be arranged
• Submission of a small study (e.g., archival or part of faculty members' research program) or literature review for presentation and publication in the first year. Outline of original research project, grant proposal or outcome assessment written in first year and carried out in second year. Presentation at national or international meeting is encouraged.

Year 2:

The composition of this year will depend on the resident's clinical interests and career trajectory. This additional year could be utilized for further clinical subspecialization.
• Continued major focus in adult neuropsychology
• Continued support of inpatient consultation service
• Two minor elective rotations over the course of the year
• Conduct and complete original research including paper submitted for publication
• Devote more time to the neuropsychological consultation service.

Major Rotations:
Adult Neuropsychology Clinic
Inpatient Consultation Service
Elective Rotations:
Neurology Bedside Rounds
Inpatient Rehabilitation
Neuropsychiatry Consultation Rounds
Memory and Aging Clinic
EEG Clinic
Neuroradiology Clinic
Epilepsy Surgery Clinic


Research is an important component of this residency, with residents expected to devote a minimum of 20% of their time in order to take advantage of the rich research opportunities provided within the educational and research programs of the Department of Psychiatry. This can be accomplished through a variety of means including archival studies and involvement within current research protocols. Some of the research opportunities are detailed below:

Multifaceted Explorations of the Neurobiology of Depressive Disorders

This is a research program in mood disorders, including those directed by Dr. Langenecker, by junior colleagues, mentees and students, as well as those of close collaborators. These investigations are designed to span from basic to applied research with the overarching goal to better understand to more effectively treat mood disorders. Neuropsychology and neuroimaging techniques are used in these studies.

Vascular Brain Aging

Melissa Lamar, Ph.D. leads a program of research investigating the impact of subclinical cardiovascular disease on brain structure and function across the lifespan. Dr. Lamar’s VITAL (Vascular Integrity To Advance Longevity) Studies employ clinical standards and novel advances in neuropsychology and neuroimaging (DTI, SWI, fMRI and myelin mapping). The primary focus is on older adults and minority populations at great risk for coronary heart disease and stroke. Additional studies involve dietary and exercise interventions to determine the impact of improving cardiovascular health on brain structure and function in at risk individuals as well as larger community-based studies of root causes of disease. This work is done in close collaboration with faculty in Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Radiology as well as Nursing and Genetics.

Hormones and Cognition

Pauline M Maki, Ph.D. leads a program of research into the effects of hormone therapy on cognition and brain function, using both neuropsychological and neuroimaging (fMRI, PET) outcomes. The primary focus is the effects of estrogen therapy on age-related changes in cognitive abilities. Other studies involve assessments of cognitive function across the menstrual cycle, following hormone suppression, and following other hormone and alternative treatments for menopausal symptoms.

Neuropsychological Effects of Electrical Injury

This research program is devoted to clarifying the biologic mechanisms that underlie neuropsychological and neuropsychiatric changes seen following electrical injury. Clinical, psychiatric and neuropsychological data have been collected on over 250 electrical injured. Residents are welcome to engage in archival studies of this database or become involved in the current clinical-research protocol.


Behavioral Neuroscience Seminar
Neurology Grand Rounds
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Neuroradiology Rounds
Psychiatry Grand Rounds
Neuroanatomy Review Series
Required Medical Neuroanatomy (January - March daily during Year 1)


The resident will make regular teaching contributions to the weekly Neuropsychology Seminar and facilitate the monthly Neuroanatomy Review series. There will also be opportunities for supervision of psychology interns or advanced externs.


The resident will meet weekly with the residency director and will also meet regularly with a research supervisor and/or rotation supervisor. There are also at least five hours of structured educational activities per week, including group supervision as outlined above.


1. Formal evaluation of competency at the end of the residency indicates advanced skill in neuropsychological evaluation, treatment and consultation.
2. Eligibility for state licensure or certification for the independent practice of psychology.
3. Eligibility for board certification in clinical neuropsychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology.

Julie Janecek, PhD
Melissa Lamar, PhD
Scott Langenecker, PhD
Pauline Maki, PhD
Neil Pliskin, PhD, ABPP-CN
Woojin Song, PhD

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