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I am a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Anatomy & Cell Biology. I join my colleagues in our multi-disciplinary, integrated, translational research Program in a unified purpose - to alleviate the burden of anxiety and depression by advancing our understanding of the their pathophysiology and by innovating better treatment strategies. We do so by integrating three core approaches: cognitive and affective neuroscience, neuropsychopharmacology, and intervention clinical trials (involving pharmacotherapy and psychotherapy or their combination). 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 am 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. I completed my B.A. in Psychology at Wittenberg University, and my M.S. and Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Colorado State University followed by clinical internship in professional psychology at the VA Medical Center in Dayton, Ohio. Subsequently I completed 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 fellowship training, I accepted a faculty position as a Clinical Lecturer at UM and a Staff Psychologist position at VA Ann Arbor with promotion to Assistant Professor in March 2012. Most recently, I accepted an Assistant Professor position at UIC and Clinical Psychologist position at the Jesse Brown VA, beginning work there in January 2013.

SaraSara L. Weisenbach, Ph.D.

Dr. Nathan has many clinical areas of interest and activity. He performs clinical work mainly in the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Program, and is also a member of the Hospital Clinical Ethics Committee. He teaches extensively in the Psychiatry Residency Program, and lectures on anxiety disorders to medical students. Fellowship: Boston Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, Boston, MA; Residency: Brown University; Medical School: University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Medicine

I am a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago working on developing advanced functional and structural MR imaging techniques (including T1w, DTI, resting-state and task-based fMRI). I also am involved in applying these techniques to characterize the developmental trajectories of normal brain maturation as well as the developmental perturbations or deviations in neuropsychiatric disorders.

minjieWuMinje Wu, Ph.D.

I received my Ph.D. 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.

AnnmarieAnnmarie MacNamara

I have worked in neuroimaging research environments for over a decade looking at a diverse range of psychiatric and behavioral issues (primarily the effects of clinical anxiety and depression) and cognitive processes (effects of mood, memory, face processing). My focus here at UIC is to develop the technical infrastructure and instruct other researchers on techniques for investigating fear acquisition, face and emotional stimulus processing in social anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and also on pharmacy-fMRI. Future and ongoing research interests include the impact of social context on fear acquisition, tDCS and combined eeg-fMRI research projects.https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Daniel_Fitzgerald/

DanielDaniel A. Fitzgerald

Prior to joining the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Program I obtained my BS in Biopsychology from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, and my MSW in Interpersonal Practice/Mental Health from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, School of Social Work. Throughout my undergraduate and graduate school career I worked in the Trauma, Stress and Anxiety Research Group at the University of Michigan Health System as a research assistant working on NIMH funded studies focused on depression and the HPA axis, and as a clinical research coordinator on a NIMH funded study focused on cognitive modulation of the HPA axis and on a multi-site NIMH funded trial focused on depression treatment. More recently, before transferring here to the MADRP, I worked in the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System Post-traumatic Stress Disorder Clinical Team/Mental Health Clinic as Dr. Phan’s clinical research coordinator on his VA Merit Review funded study focused on identifying if specific regions of the brain can predict response to SSRI treatment in PTSD. I currently am the Program/Business Manager of the MADRP. I oversee research and regulatory operations in the MADRP including supervision of the research assistants and study coordinators on the projects in the research group.

akennedyAmy E. Kennedy, LCSW

I graduated from Indiana University as a Therapeutic Recreation major and Psychology minor in 2006. In 2012, I received my graduate degree in clinical social work from the University of Chicago’s School of Social Service Administration. While I was a graduate student, I completed training at UIC’s Institute for Juvenile Research in the Pediatric Stress and Anxiety Disorders Clinic. I have also worked in the field of child welfare for over five years as a recreation therapist, supervisor, and program manager. I strongly believe in the implementation of creative, expressive, and activity based interventions as a tool to process, heal, and grow. I have led several trainings, presentations, and groups- at both a local, national, and international level- on diversity, leadership, creative therapies, and restorative justice. Although I approach my work from an integrative perspective, I am trained in, and an advocate for Cognitive Behavioral and Dialectical Behavior Therapy, as well as other evidence-based treatments.

MeghanMeghan Johnson, MSW, CTRS

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2012 with a major in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science. I initially became interested in medical imaging while working at the MRI Institute for Biomedical Research in Detroit during the summer after my freshman year of college. I continued to explore this interest in the Department of Psychiatry at Michigan, where I undertook a research project that utilized functional MRI to examine gender differences in the brain. Currently, I assist in the coordination of the Child and Adolescent Anxiety Disorder Research Study at UIC. My specific research interests focus on the neurocircuitry underlying mood and anxiety disorders.

LisaLisa Hamm, B.S.

I graduated from the University of Michigan in 2011 with a B.S. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science. While there I researched changes in brain function during the progression of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis using fMRI (under Dr. Robert Welsh). Presently I am working on furthering treatment options for persons suffering from fear and anxiety disorders. Specifically I’m researching the effects of marinol on fear learning and extinction (under Dr. K. Luan Phan), as well as anxiety disorders in adult populations (under Dr. Heide Klumpp).

DonaldDonald McNair

I graduated from the University of Michigan Honors Program in 2013 with a B.S. in Neuroscience. As a research assistant in the Mood and Schizophrenia Lab and Sleep Chronophysiology Lab, I used EEG techniques to study sleep and mood disorders. 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 with Dr. Heide Klumpp to study the effects of CBT on adult anxiety disorders using EEG and fMRI techniques. Specifically, I am exploring the relationship between adult anxiety, depressive symptoms and sleep disruptions in a socially anxious population.

JuliaJulia Roberts, B.S.

I am the clinical research coordinator for 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. Additionally, I develop programming for UIC’s student veterans in conjunction with the Office of Student Veteran Affairs. I have a master’s degree in clinical psychology from Loyola University Chicago, and enjoy using my experience as a clinician, researcher, and college instructor to improve the lives of Chicago’s veterans.

AlyxAlyx Kesselring

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. My past research has focused on affect dysregulation within the context of suicide in pediatric populations, investigating the role of behavioral disinhibition and cognitive flexibility in suicidal outcomes.

JacklynnJacklynn Fitzgerald

I am a graduate student in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at UIC. I hold a BA in Biology and an MSEd in Counseling and Psychological Services from the University of Pennsylvania. My research interests center around neuroscience-based approaches to improving treatment for mood and anxiety disorders. Personal interests include theatre, music, and dance. I am also interested in the intersection of mental health and social justice, and I serve on the Young Leaders Board of the Lakeview Food Pantry.

MichaelMichael Keutmann, MSEd

I am currently the Clinical Research Coordinator for Dr. Weisenbach’s study: Cognitive, Clinical, and Neural Markers of Late Life Depression. After graduating from the University of Miami with a degree in Psychology in 2010, I moved back to Chicago to complete my Masters in Social Work from UIC’s Jane Addams College of Social Work. With a concentration in Mental Health, I completed practicums at an adult inpatient psychiatric hospital, as well as a child and adolescent community mental health center. I received training in a certificate program for Evidence Based Mental Health Practices with Children and Adolescents, and graduated with my MSW in 2012. I have 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. As a clinician I believe in providing culturally competent services to individuals and families living in urban and at-risk communities.

NatalieNatalie Grubman

I am currently a 4th year doctoral student in the clinical psychology program. My broad research interests are in psychiatric comorbidity, particularly between internalizing and substance use disorders. My recent work includes a series a studies on the neuropsychopharmacological effects of psychoactive drugs in humans. Specifically, I recently completed studies examining the acute effects of alcohol, oxycodone, and oxytocin on emotional processing using functional magnetic resonance imaging.

StephanieStephanie M.Gorka, M.A.

I am a doctoral candidate in Clinical Psychology at Michigan State University and I am currently completing my clinical internship in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In my research, I examine factors that contribute to individual differences in parenting. In other words, why do people parent the way that they do? I am particularly interested in genetic and neurobiological influences on parenting. I am also interested in the impact of pregnancy-related hormonal changes and mental health on parenting as well as the association between parenting and child outcomes. As a clinician, I work with children, parents, and families using evidence-based cognitive-behavioral, parent training, and family systems techniques.Website: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Ashlea_Klahr/?ev=hdr_xprf

AshleaAshlea M. Klahr, MA

I am a Psychology Intern in the Department of Psychiatry at UIC. I am currently finishing the clinical psychology Ph.D. program at the University of Missouri. My interests are related to the classification, epidemiology, antecedents, course, and consequences of substance use disorders.

AlvaroAlvaro Vergés

I am currently a 3rd year medical student at the University of Illinois College of Medicine at Chicago. I am working on EEG and fMRI of socio-emotional information processing in veterans with and without PTSD. I was awarded the UIC James Scholar for Independent Study.

PostDavid Post

I am currently a fourth-year undergraduate student at the University of Chicago majoring in Psychology and Biology (Neuroscience). My research interests include the psychopathology and neural correlates of mood disorders. I am currently working on a project that examines the correlation between depression severity and neural activity in response to emotional faces.

PeggyPeggy Chau

My interests lie in the mentality of individuals and their world views that guide individual behavior. Why do people do the things they do? How does our mentality dictate our behavior? My project in the MADRP included the investigation of difference in functional connectivity between major nodes in the default mode network between veteran and control subject groups with and without PTSD.http://ataday2.people.uic.edu/

ArminArmin Tadayyon

Before joining the Mood and Anxiety Disorders Research Program I was a helicopter avionics technician in the Coast Guard. After my service term ended I earned my associate’s degree from Harold Washington College in Chicago and then transferred to UIC where I earned a B.S. in Biological Sciences. For three years I worked as an undergraduate research assistant at the Institute for Tuberculosis Research at the UIC College of Pharmacy where my primary duties focused on cloning and expressing essential genes of M. tuberculosis into nonpathogenic hosts for future study. I currently work primarily on the “Brain and Mental Health RECOVERY” project and help out with the other projects at MADRP.

rPatwellRyan Patwell

I graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2012 with a double-major in Psychology and English and a minor in Music. After graduating, I taught special education in Chicago as a corps member of Teach for America. I became interested in the treatment of anxiety and depression after working with many students dealing with these disorders. Currently, I assist in the coordination of studies that research the effects of specific treatments on social anxiety disorders, anxiety disorders, and depression. I am especially passionate about equality of mental health treatment for people of low socio-economic status.

Sheila Sheila D’Sa
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