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scottLangenecker

LANGENECKER, SCOTT

(PhD - Psychology & History)

Dr. Langenecker directs the Cognitive Neuroscience Center and the lab for Multifaceted Explorations of the Neurobiology of Depression Disorders (MEND2). His work focuses on neuroimaging, neuropsychology, and treatment prediction in mood disorders.

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JACOBS, RACHEL

(Research Assistant Professor 
Licensed Clinical Psychologist)

Dr. Jacobs has a background in treatment outcomes for pediatric mood disorders and is interested in studying mechanisms of effective treatment. Recently, Dr. Jacobs has focused on the problem of relapse in adolescent depression and whether mindfulness may protect against the return of depressive symptoms.

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PASSAROTTI, ALESSANDRA

(Research Assistant Professor)

Dr. Passarotti is a developmental cognitive neuroscientist who employs neurocognitive and fMRI methods to examine the neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive and affective dysfunction in pediatric mental illness. In particular she studies impulsivity, cognitive control and reward processes, as they relate to behavior regulation, learning, and substance abuse, in adolescents with pediatric bipolar disorder and ADHD.

saraweisenbach

WEISENBACH, SARA

(Assistant Professor of Psychiatry)

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.

lisanne

JENKINS, LISANNE

(PhD - Psychology)

Lisanne completed her PhD at the University of Melbourne, Australia. She has been a postdoc in the MEND2 lab since July 2013, where she studies functional neuroimaging in mood disorders. Some of her other research interests include the reward system, consciousness and psychosis.

Julia Rao

RAO, JULIA

(PhD - Neuropsychology)

After completing graduate degree in Neuropsychology from Northwestern Univ (2013) and her clinical internship at the Alpert Medical School at Brown University, she started at the University of Illinois at Chicago in July 2013. Spends half her time seeing patients in our neuropsychology clinic under the guidance of Dr. Neil Pliskin and the other half conducting functional neuroimaging (fMRI) research with Drs. Scott Langenecker and Sara Weisenbach. She is interested in functional brain abnormalities in depression and how these changes interact with normal brain functional changes due to aging.

nataniaCrane

NATANIA

((M.A. - Psychology)

Natania is a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD Program at UIC and has worked in the MEND2 lab since August 2012. Her primary research interests involve using neuropsychological and neuroimaging techniques to understand how substance use, particularly adolescent substance use, and affective states may interact to impact brain functioning, especially executive functioning and emotional processing. Natania likes to do yoga, ballet, spend time outdoors, and she loves to travel.

Sophie

DELDONNO, SOPHIA

(Graduate Student - Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program)

Her general research interests include identifying trait markers for depression and the cognitive, affective, and neural components of reward processing in depressed individuals.

PETERS, AMY

(Graduate Student - Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program)

Her general research interests include identifying trait markers for depression and the cognitive, affective, and neural components of reward processing in depressed individuals.

EricaHymen

HYMEN, ERICA

((M.S. Clinical Counseling, LCP; B.S./B.A. Psychology/French)

Erica has been a research assistant in the MEND2 lab for one year. Her primary research interests utilize neuropsychology and imaging techniques to investigate cognitive and emotional outcomes in traumatic brain injury. She plans to begin her doctorate, but in the meantime, hopes to attend as many White Sox games as possible while here in her home city.

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GRUBMAN, NATALIE

(Clinical Research Coordinator)

After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Psychology in 2010, Natalie moved back to Chicago to complete her Masters in Social Work from UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work, with a concentration in Mental Health. She has worked extensively with clients suffering from a wide range of mental illnesses and am passionate about empowering people to advocate for better community based services for themselves. Natalie is currently the Clinical Research Coordinator for Dr. Weisenbach’s study: Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Markers of Late Life Depression.

khushboo

SHARMA, KHUSHBOO

(Graduate Research Assistant - Programming)

Khushboo is Graduate Management Information Systems student at UIC. She is working for Dr. Scott Langenecker as an Information Technology Aide, assist with design and development of research tasks and website development.

lauraGabriel

GABRILE, LAURA

((B.A Psychology)

Laura has been working under Dr. Scott Langenecker's supervision for 3 years, but she has it enjoyed so thoroughly that it feels more like 2 years 10 months. In her spare time, Laura engages in 'mouse on string' with her beloved cat, Gizmo. Laura believes the best parts about the MEND2 lab are the lack of humor and sterility of the office environment.

 

 ALYSSA

((B.A Psychology)

Laura has been working under Dr. Scott Langenecker's supervision for 3 years, but she has it enjoyed so thoroughly that it feels more like 2 years 10 months. In her spare time, Laura engages in 'mouse on string' with her beloved cat, Gizmo. Laura believes the best parts about the MEND2 lab are the lack of humor and sterility of the office environment.

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Victor G Patron

((Research Assistant)

Subjects assessment, Neuropsychological testing and fMRI Preprocessing. Interests: General Psychiatry and Neuropsychiatry.