I am a Professor of Psychiatry with adjunct appointments in Psychology and Anatomy & Cell Biology, the Graduate Program in Neuroscience and the Graduate Education in Medical Sciences Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC). I am our Department of Psychiatry’s Associate Head of Clinical and Translational Research at UIC, and Chief of Neuropsychiatric Research at the Jesse Brown VA Medical Center. I am on the leadership team of the University of Illinois Center on Depression & Resilience. I direct the Clinical Research Center within UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science at UIC. I graduated from the University of Michigan (BS ’95, MD ’98, Psychiatry Residency and Research Track Fellowship ’03 – GO BLUE!). I join my colleagues in our multi-disciplinary, translational research Program in a unified purpose - to alleviate the burden of anxiety and depression by advancing our understanding of the pathophysiology and by innovating better treatment strategies. We integrate three core approaches: cognitive and affective neuroscience, neuropsychopharmacology, and intervention clinical trials (involving pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy or their combination and neuromodulation). We study patients across the life span from young children to older adults. We view the course of illness in a longitudinal manner from risk to resilience and from illness to recovery.
I am an Assistant Professor and Director of the Social Anxiety Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I received my MS and PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia in Athens and completed an APA-accredited internship at the North FL/South GA Veterans Health System in Gainesville and an APA-accredited Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. My broad interest is to understand brain pathophysiology in anxiety and depression in the context of attention, emotion, and cognitive processes for clinical translation. Therefore, I use fMRI and psychophysiological techniques to delineate treatment-related mechanisms of change and translate innovations from neuroscience for clinical application. The overarching objective is to increase therapeutic response with available treatment and develop more individually-tailored interventions.
I received my BS and MSW at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor and am currently in the MBA program here at UIC. I started working in clinical research during my undergraduate studies at the University of Michigan. My role in MADRP includes planning the delivery of the overall program and its activities and ensuring that all program activities operate within and comply with all policies and standards. I also manage the staff within the program which includes selecting and supervising all program staff.
Amy Kennedy, LCSW
I received my PhD in Clinical-Community psychology from DePaul University where my work focused on trauma, PTSD, and substance use. Prior to joining MADRP, I completed my internship as a clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School where I also trained at the National Center for PTSD. I am very interested in how chronic stress and trauma affect the neurobiology of underserved communities and am excited to currently be a postdoctoral fellow examining the neural underpinnings of PTSD.
I am currently a postdoctoral research fellow at UIC. I completed my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Stony Brook University and predoctoral clinical internship at UIC. My research incorporates behavioral, psychophysiological and neural measures to identify emotional processing styles that contribute to the development of mood and anxiety disorders, with the goal of identifying children at greatest risk and informing early intervention and prevention efforts. My work at UIC has focused on examining neurobiological processes underlying anxiety in children and adolescents, as well as neural predictors and mechanisms of treatment response.
Autumn Kujawa, PhD
I received my PhD in Clinical Psychology from Stony Brook University and completed my Clinical Internship at UIC. My research interests lie in understanding how emotional response and the cognitive factors impacting this response go awry in affective psychopathology (primarily anxiety). I also have a growing interest in clarifying the neural basis of psychotherapeutic treatment response in anxiety. This work aims to refine classifications of anxiety and ultimately, to improve treatment outcome. To this end, my research uses EEG, fMRI and behavioral measures.
I graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) in 2015 with a BA in Psychology and a minor in Philosophy. My passion is the brain! I want to know how the brain works and how Psychological disorders affect our minds. I decided to approach my passion from three different angles: Philosophy, Psychology and Neuroscience. I read Philosophy on daily basis, and my goal is to get my PhD in clinical Psychology with a focus on Behavioral Neuroscience. Currently, I am working as a research assistant in this lab. I analyze EEG and EEG/fMRI simultaneous data, perform EEG experiments and help to maintain and organize data to be used in different experiments.
Kaveh Afshar, BA
I received my Master of Arts in Counseling with a specialty in Addictions from the University of Detroit Mercy, and my Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Eastern Michigan University. My clinical experience includes counseling in inpatient psychiatric settings with a focus on chemical dependency and comorbid disorders. My previous research work and focus has been on addiction, substance use disorders, eating disorders, food dependence, and psychopharmacology education. My role in MADRP includes recruiting and screening potential participants for study eligibility, along with coordination of data management and research protocols.
Alyssa Frederick, MA
I graduated from Vanderbilt University with high honors in 2011 with a BA in American Studies. After spending three years as a buyer for Bloomingdale’s, I now assist in studying the effects of treatment on adults with anxiety and/or mood disorders. I intend to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology with a focus on PTSD.
Roark Luskin, BA
I received my B.A. from the honors psychology program at Vanderbilt University in 2014. During my time there, I conducted research on cognitive and emotional disturbances in personality and psychotic disorders, primarily focusing on the role of self-body processing in schizophrenia. I am interested in using a transdiagnostic approach to study the behavioral and neural mechanisms of affective psychopathology. I am currently involved in projects utilizing EEG, fMRI, and tDCS methodologies to study how various treatment strategies influence symptoms and brain function in anxiety and depression.
Jamie Michael, BA
I graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor in 2013 with a BS in Biochemistry. I have worked in both Organic and Biochemistry labs as a research lab assistant researching a medical hydrogel and an experimental hydrogen catalyst. Currently, I perform EEG experiments, maintain and process data, and work closely with the 3T research staff to perform functional MRIs. I am passionate about patient care and I am currently pursuing a career in medicine. I hope to be starting medical school in the fall of 2016.
An Nguyen, BS
I graduated from the University of Michigan Honors Program in 2013 with a BS in Neuroscience. My honors thesis project researched the relationship between the sleep architecture of a 60-minute midday nap and the subsequent effect on state impulsivity in a healthy college student population. Presently, I am working to study the effects of CBT and SSRI’s on adult mood and anxiety disorders using EEG and fMRI techniques. Specifically, I am exploring the relationships between adult anxiety, depressive symptoms and sleep disruptions in this patient population.
Julia Roberts, BS
I have degrees in Clinical Psychology and Social Psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and University of Washington, respectively. Throughout my career, I have worked on projects ranging from a randomized controlled trial of a social-emotional learning program to a clinical trial for a medication to treat obstructive sleep apnea. I am currently working on the “Brain and Mental Health RECOVERY” project, a 3-year longitudinal study measuring mental health outcomes, behavior, and brain functioning of Operation Enduring Freedom/Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation New Dawn veterans.
Chris Schroth, MS
I graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with a MS in Bioengineering. My research interests are computational neural engineering, neural network connectomics analysis and network data analysis. During my master years, I worked on EEG based connectivity analysis for healthy participants and anxiety patients in an emotion regulation task. My current work is mainly focused on applying machine learning and other data analysis methods on EEG and fMRI data.
Maggie Xing, MS
I am currently a doctoral student in the Department of Psychology, Behavioral Neuroscience Program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. My research interests center on uncovering risk and resilience factors for PTSD within the Veteran population and, specifically, investigating brain circuitry involved in affect dysregulation. To do so, I use both neuroimaging and EEG recordings to correlate neuronal activity with social and psychological factors in an effort to understand more about what influences PTSD trajectory.
I am currently a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Program. My research focus is on investigating the basic nature of anxiety disorders, as well as the mechanisms behind treatments for anxiety disorders. I am particularly interested in studying the cognitive and neural correlates of emotional processing in anxiety.
Kerry Kinney, BA
My primary research interests pertain to the etiology, manifestation, and multi-method measurement of emotion dysregulation associated with disruptive behavior disorders generally and ADHD specifically; the associations of emotion dysregulation with social impairment and other negative outcomes such as substance abuse and risky sex; and the way in which these inform the development and evaluation of psychosocial preventions and interventions for adolescents.
Nora Bunford, MS
I am a Psychology Intern in the Department of Psychiatry at UIC. I am currently finishing the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Binghamton University (SUNY). My research interests focus on combining multiple levels of analysis to better understand emotion processing, including emotion recognition, regulation, and reactivity, and its relation to the development, maintenance, and treatment of youth depression. To examine these relations, my research utilizes EEG, eye-tracking, genetics, behavioral measures, and fMRI.
Katie Burkhouse, MS
I am a clinical psychology intern in the Department of Psychiatry, and will complete my doctoral degree in June, 2016. My research broadly focuses on the intersection between anxiety and substance abuse and how individual differences in threat reactivity relate to risk for internalizing and externalizing disorders. Moving forward, I aim to focus on the identification of behavioral-brain risk phenotypes and preventative treatment targets for problematic alcohol use.
Stephanie M.Gorka, M.A.
I am a doctoral student at Temple University and am completing my clinical internship at UIC. My research focus is on flexibility, the ability to adapt to meet changing demands, a multifaceted characteristic that often is impaired in individuals with mood disorders and that may confer vulnerability to the onset and recurrence of problems such as depression. In the MADRP, I am using event-related potentials and emotion processing tasks to evaluate the cognitive control of emotionally-salient information in relation to treatment outcome of CBT for depression and anxiety.
Jonathan Stange, MA