Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago
Room No. 249,
1747 W. Roosevelt Rd. (MC 747),
Chicago, IL 60616
Office Phone:312-413-4470
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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., Langenecker, S.A. (2009). Differential risk for emotion processing difficulties by gender and age in Major Depressive Disorder. In Women and Depression, P. Hernandez & S. Alonso (Eds.). Nova Publishers, New York.

Drag, L.L. Wright, S.L., & Bieliauskas, L.A. (Epub 10/15/2010). Prescribing practices of anticholinergic medications and effects on cognition in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. Journal of Applied Gerontology. http://jag.sagepub.com/content/early/2010/10/09/0733464810384592.

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.

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.

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.

Langenecker, S.A., Weisenbach, S.L., Giordani, B., Briceno, E.M., Guidotti, L.M., Schallmo, M-P, Leon, H.M., Noll, D.C., Zubieta, J-K, Schteingart, D.E., Starkman, M.N. Impact of chronic hypercortisolism on affective processing (2012). Neuropharmacology, 62, 217-225.

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

Pecina, M., Mickey, B.J., Love, T., Langenecker, S.A., Shen, P-H, Villafuerte, S., Weisenbach, S.L., Stohler, C.S., Goldman, D., & Zubieta, J-K. (2012). DRD2 receptor polymorphisms modulate reward and emotion processing circuitry, dopamine neurotransmission and are related to openness to experience. Cortex. Feb. 14. [EPub Ahead of Print].

Jelsone-Swain, L., Persad, C., Votruba, K., Weisenbach, S.L., Johnson, T., Gruis, K., & Welsh, R.C. (2012). The effect of depressive and physical symptoms on cognition in amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. Frontiers in Psychology, 3:542.

Weisenbach, S.L., Rapport, L.J., Briceno, E.M., Haase, B.D., Vederman, A., Bieliauskas, L.A., Welsh, R.C., Starkman, M.N., McInnis, M.G., Zubieta, J-K, & Langenecker, S.A. (2012). Reduced Emotion Processing Efficiency in Healthy Males Relative to Females. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience. Dec. 22. [EPub Ahead of Print].

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. (2013). Inferior frontal laterality in women with major depressive disorder is related to emotion processing deficits. Psychological Medicine. Jan. 8: 1-13. [EPub Ahead of Print].

Weisenbach, S.L., Gabel, N., Briceno E. Vascular Depression. In Prevention of Late-life Depression: Current Clinical Challenges and Priorities, Springer Publishing, In Press.

Sara L. Weisenbach, Ph.D, ABPP-Clinical Neuropsychology

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

Clinical Psychologist, Jesse Brown VA Medical Center, Research & Development

Dr. Weisenbach is a clinical neuropsychologist studying the mechanisms and deficits underlying depression during late life in a developmental/longitudinal context and translating this knowledge into effective neuropsychological and neuroimaging tools to monitor and predict treatment response. Dr. Weisenbach earned her B.A. in Psychology at Wittenberg University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University. She completed a clinical internship in professional psychology at the VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. She then went on to complete a post-doctoral fellowship in Clinical Neuropsychology at University of Michigan Medical Center (UM) and a Special Fellowship in Advanced Aging at the VA Ann Arbor Medical Center. Following her fellowship training, Dr. Weisenbach took a faculty position as a Clinical Lecturer at UM and a Staff Psychologist position at VA Ann Arbor. She was promoted to Assistant Professor in March 2012. She accepted an Assistant Professor position at UIC and Clinical Psychologist position at the Jesse Brown VA, and began her work there in January 2013.


Mechanisms of late life depression, treatment strategies for late life depression, neuroimaging, relationship between late life depression and dementia


International Neuropsychological Society
American Psychological Association
Society of Biological Psychiatry
American Association of Geriatric Psychiatry
Human Brain Mapping


Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Mechanisms of Late Life Depression (Level 2 Career Development Award, Rehabilitation Research & Development)

Exercise as a Treatment of Depression in Older Veterans (Midwest Roybal Center for Health Promotion and Translation Pilot Grant Award)


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