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Tory Eisenlohr-Moul PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • Associate Director of Translational Research in Women’s Mental Health
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul joins the Women’s Mental Health Research Program in January 2018. Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul is a clinical scientist studying emotional, cognitive and behavioral responses to changing hormones across the menstrual cycle. Primary outcomes of interest are suicidality, substance abuse, and dysregulated interpersonal functioning (e.g., the interpersonal symptoms of borderline personality disorder or BPD).

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Melissa L. Wagner-Schuman MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Co-Director, Women's Mental Health Clinical Services
Dr. Melissa Wagner-Schuman was born and raised in Wisconsin and completed most of her training in the Milwaukee area. She went to undergrad at the Milwaukee School of Engineering and graduated with a B.S. in Biomedical Engineering. She continued her education at the Medical College of Wisconsin where she received her MD in 2012 and received a PhD in Neuroscience in 2010. During the last several years of medical school she became interested in psychiatry, particularly at risk youth, and developed interventions to help prevent or limit adverse childhood experiences (ACEs).

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Hafsah Tauseef MS

  • Graduate Research Assistant
Hafsah will joined the CLEAR Lab in the fall of 2020, and she will begin graduate work in the Clinical Psychology PhD program at UIC with Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul serving as her primary scientific mentor. Hafsah graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a M.S in clinical rehabilitation and mental health counseling in 2018. Hafsah then gained extensive training under Drs. Susan Girdler and Crystal Schiller in the psychopathology and pathophysiology of reproductive mood disorders at the UNCCH Center for Women’s Mood Disorders. She worked on two projects that examine the relationship among estradiol variability, stress, and affect in perimenopausal women and peripubertal girls. Additionally, she explored the efficacy of mindfulness-based stress reduction intervention and social support for women with high stress. 

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Viraja Alluri

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
Viraja is a Sophomore at UIC pursuing a B.S. in Bioinformatics with a Minor in Finance. Viraja joined the CLEAR lab in the summer of 2019 to work with Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul and her staff on the CLEAR-2 and CLEAR-3 NIMH-funded studies. She is a pre-med student and member of the UIC GPPA Medicine Program.

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Jordan Barone BA

  • Graduate Research Assistant
Jordan is a current graduate student in UIC's Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), where she will receive both her MD and PhD degrees. She graduated in 2016 from Vanderbilt University with double majors in Neuroscience and Child Development. After graduation, she spent 2 years as a post-baccalaurate research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) under Dr. Karen Berman in the Section on Integrative Neuroimaging. At NIMH, Jordan used neuroimaging techniques to measure structural brain development in relation to the onset of puberty. Jordan recently completed her first 2 years of medical school at UIC and is excited to begin her PhD in Neuroscience in the fall of 2020.

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Grace Caldwell MD, MHA

  • Psychiatry Volunteer

Grace Caldwell is a recent medical school graduate with academic interests in neuropsychiatry and child and adolescent psychiatry. After finishing her undergraduate studies in leadership and psychology at the University of New Brunswick in Canada, Grace went on to complete her M.D. through Saint James School of Medicine. In 2020, Grace joined Dr.

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Kathleen Duffy BS, RN

  • Visiting Clinical Research Coordinator
Kathleen Duffy joined the CLEAR Lab in December of 2018 to work alongside the team in investigating the acute risk of hormones on suicidality. She graduated Loyola University Chicago with a degree in Nursing with a concentration in mental health. Her research interests focus on anxiety and its effects on physiological adaptations and responses.

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Sarah Owens MS

  • Graduate Student Affiliate
Sarah is a current graduate student pursuing her PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Sarah first began working with Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul during her collaborations with Dr. Mitch Prinstein on projects examining puberty, social stress, and suicide in adolescents. Sarah earned her Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology from UNC Chapel Hill in 2017. Since then, Sarah and Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul have collaborated on a review examining menstrual cycle fluctuations in transdiagnostic suicide risk factors and numerous projects examining within-person cycle fluctuations in internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Sarah recently received a Ruth L. Kirschstein Predoctoral Individual National Research Service Award (F31) from the NIMH to complete her dissertation study examining menstrual cycle fluctuations in suicidal ideation and related social risk factors in chronically suicidal adolescents, under the mentorship of Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul and Dr. Prinstein.

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Alyssa Kania BS

  • Graduate Research Assistant
Alyssa is currently a second year medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She completed her undergraduate degree in Behavioral Neuroscience at Northeastern University and has a background in both clinical and basic science research in women’s health; Alyssa is incredibly excited to continue her exploration into the field of women’s health by working with Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul and her team.   At Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Alyssa worked on studies that focused on the future health risks of women who have undergone pregnancies complicated by preeclampsia or gestational diabetes. While in the Laboratory for Aging and Infertility Research at Northeastern, she worked on the derivation of oocyte support cells from human embryonic stem cells as an alternative to conventional hormone replacement therapy

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Sabina Raja BS

  • Clinical Research Coordinator
Sabina joined Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul’s CLEAR Lab (Claryifing Endocrinology of Acute Risk) in January 2020 as a clinical research coordinator to assist on research investigating acute neurobiological risk of depression and suicidal behaviors. She received her B.S. in psychology with a concentration in behavioral neuroscience, a B.S. in molecular and cellular biology, and a minor in chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in May 2018.

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Husna Sajid

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
Husna joined the lab in June 2019 to work with Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul on an NIH funded clinical trial investigating the acute neurobiological risk for suicide. Husna will receive her B.S in Neuroscience from UIC in the Spring of 2020. She is interested in the menstrual cycle and how it relates to mood disorders such as premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD).

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Tolu Salako MS

  • Graduate Research Assistant
Tolu is a first-year medical student at the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine. She received her B.S in Biological Sciences, B.S in Health & Society, and her B.A in Psychology at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX. She then completed her M.S in Biomedical Science at the University of North Texas in 2019. Tolu is currently interested in pursuing a career in psychiatry with a focus on mood and personality disorders and is excited to be a member of Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul’s team. While at Southern Methodist University she partnered with the University of Glasgow in Scotland for a study on ‘fMRI neurofeedback on brain state during listening to music’ in the neuroscience department. Tolu was also a research lab assistant in the Treatment of Anxiety and Depression Research Center while at Southern Methodist University.

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Katja Schmalenberger MS

  • Graduate Student Affiliate
  • Ph.D. Candidate in Medical Psychology
  • Heidelberg University, Germany
After completing her master's program in clinical and cognitive psychology at Heidelberg University, Germany, in 2015, Katja Schmalenberger spent four months interning in Dr. Tory Eisenlohr-Moul's laboratory in the Center for Women's Mood Disorders at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since that time, she has mentored my work and PhD project at the Institute of Medical Psychology at Heidelberg University and we have been collaborating closely on various projects. In joint research, they are focusing on improving the reliability and validity of the new DSM-5 diagnosis premenstrual dysphoric disorder (PMDD) and on investigating the prevalence, underlying mechanisms and consequences of cyclical changes in cognitive functioning. Their work together has led to several high-impact publications, numerous other works in progress, joint conference contributions, and another three-month research visit to the laboratory in the Center for Women's Mood Disorders in North Carolina.

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Elizabeth Wenzel BA

  • PhD Student, Behavioral Neuroscience Program
  • Graduate Student Affiliate, CLEAR Lab and Women's Mental Health Research Program
Elizabeth began her doctoral studies in the Behavioral Neuroscience Program in the Department of Psychology in the fall of 2018. She is a member of Dr. Pauline Maki's laboratory within the Women's Mental Health Research Program at UIC and thus collaborates with the CLEAR Lab and Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul. She is interested in studying phenotypes of mood and anxiety disorders in women in the context of behavior and biomarkers such as neuroactive steroids, inflammatory markers, etc. Her interests particularly include periods of hormonal fluctuation (i.e. pregnancy). Elizabeth received her B.A. in Psychology and Neuroscience from Carthage College in 2018.

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Chia-Ching Wu MS

  • Senior Research Specialist
Chia-Ching (Christie) is originally from Taiwan with her B.S. in Physical Therapy and Assistive Technology. She worked as a licensed physical therapist specializing in neurology for three years overseas. In 2018, She earned her M.S. in Neurobiology from Northwestern University and started to work as a clinical research staff in the field of Psychology. Christie joined Dr.Eisenlohr-Moul's CLEAR lab in 2020 as a senior research specialist to research projects focusing on women’s mental health of acute neurobiological risk for suicide.

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In addition to her primary affiliation at the UIC Women’s Mental Health Research Program, Dr. Eisenlohr-Moul remains affiliated with the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Center for Women’s Mood Disorders, where she maintains online resources for the Carolina Premenstrual Assessment Scoring System, a standardized computerized protocol for the diagnosis of DSM-5 PMDD that she created, coded, and validated with her colleagues at UNC in 2015.

Several key collaborators:

Susan Girdler PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Susan Girdler

Crystal Schiller PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Crystal Schiller

Mitchell Prinstein PhD

  • John Van Seters Distinguished Professor
  • Director of Clinical Psychology
  • University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mitchell Prinstein

Jessica R. Peters PhD

  • Clinical Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
  • Brown University
Jessica Peters

Jennifer Gordon PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • University of Regina
  • Regina, Saskatchewan, CA
Jennifer Gordon