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Cognition and Affect Regulation (CAR) Lab

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Jonathan P. Stange PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director, Cognition and Affect Regulation (CAR) Lab
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Stange’s research focuses on identifying mechanisms and outcomes of inflexible cognitive and affective processes in mood disorders. His current work seeks to identify how disrupted interactions between cognitive and affective processes may underlie maladaptive affect regulation in individuals at risk for problems such as depression and suicide.  This work involves the use of neuroimaging, autonomic psychophysiology, and experimental, behavioral, and longitudinal methods. Increasingly, this work involves studying affect regulation outside of the lab in “real-world” contexts that may have greater ecological validity than traditional laboratory-based methods, by using ambulatory assessment techniques (e.g., ambulatory autonomic psychophysiology, sleep actigraphy, and behavior with ecological momentary assessment). By improving our understanding of how risk factors may vary between individuals, and within individuals across contexts over time, these studies will have implications for the development of real-time, person-centered metrics for detecting periods of risk, and for intervening to improve affect regulation and reduce risk.

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Aditi Mehta

  • Research Assistant
  • Honors Student
Aditi Mehta is an undergraduate GPPA Medicine student working towards a B.S. in Neuroscience. She is currently assisting with ongoing research projects involving affect regulation and mood disorders, utilizing both ambulatory and psychophysiological assessment techniques. Aditi hopes to attend medical school in the future and pursue a career in the field of psychiatry.

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Yasmin Pina

  • L@S GANAS Research Fellow
  • Research Assistant
Yasmin Pina is currently working in Dr. Stange’s lab. She's assisting with cleaning up electrocardiogram and respiration data to examine how physiological responses are related to emotion regulation and depression. She has prior experience with EEG data and working with MATLAB software for fMRI analysis (from Dr. Gorka’s lab). She hopes to attend medical school in the future and pursue a career in neurology or psychiatry.

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Jada Roberts

  • Research Assistant
Jada Roberts is an undergraduate student at the University of Illinois at Chicago and will have obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Neuroscience in May 2020. Her past research has focused on the effects of alcohol and substance on response inhibition during the go/no-go behavioral task as well as studying iron deposition in the brain parenchyma post intracerebral hemorrhaging. Her current work seeks to assess heart rate variability as a method used to understand the underlying processes associated with affect regulation in individuals with depression and at risk for suicide.

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Pearl Zihua Ye MA

  • Research Associate I- Social Sciences
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Alex Leow MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor in Psychiatry and Bioengineering
Joining the University in 2009, Dr. Leow received clinical training in Psychiatry and research training in biomedical imaging, both at UCLA. Having co-authored more than 70 articles, Dr. Leow's current research interests focus on developing novel probabilistic reconstruction, tractography, and network analyses techniques for high angular resolution diffusion imaging (HARDI) and their clinical applications.

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Olusola Ajilore MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Associate Director, Residency Training and Education
  • Director, Psychiatry Residency Neuroscience Research Tracks
Dr. Ajilore's research goal is to understand the pathophysiology of major depressive disorder in the context of medical co-morbidities and late life using novel magnetic resonance imaging techniques. His group focuses on using structural and functional brain connectivity to study the brain as a network.

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Heide Klumpp PhD

  • Associate Professor
Dr. Klumpp's main research interest is using a cognitive-affective neuroscience approach to understand anxiety and depression for clinical translation. She uses neuroimaging to delineate brain markers of response to psychotherapy to increase therapeutic success with available treatment and develop more individually-tailored, novel interventions. In addition, she translates discoveries from basic neuroscience to enhance therapies for anxiety disorders and depression.

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Katie L. Burkhouse PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Illinois at Chicago College of Medicine
Dr. Burkhouse is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a Clinical Psychologist affiliated with UIC’s Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) and completed her Clinical Internship at UIC. Her program of research broadly focuses on identifying behavioral-brain risk phenotypes and preventive interventions for youth depressive disorders. Much of this work focuses on utilizing multiple levels of analysis (i.e., behavioral, EEG, pupil dilation, fMRI) to identify cognitive-affective processing styles involved in the transmission of depression from parents to their offspring. A second focus of her research involves applying this mechanism-based work to prevention efforts for youth at high risk for depression. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the identification and prevention of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents.

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Robin Mermelstein PhD

  • Psychology Professor
Robin Mermelstein, PhD. is Distinguished Professor, Psychology Department, Director of the Institute for Health Research and Policy at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), and Co-Director of UIC’s Center for Clinical and Translational Science.  Dr. Mermelstein has been active in health-behavior research for over 25 years, with continuous NIH funding as a Principal Investigator on grants since 1986. Dr. Mermelstein’s research focuses on understanding the development of health-compromising and health-promoting behaviors and developing interventions to reduce health risks. Much of her work has focused on the role of mood regulation in the development, progression, and change in tobacco use behaviors in adolescents and young adults.

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Bharati Prasad MD

  • Associate Professor of Medicine Director, UI Health Sleep Sciences Center

Dr. Prasad is board certified in Pulmonary, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine. She completed her medical training at UIC in 2009. Her special interest is sleep-disordered breathing and its relationship with cardiovascular disease.

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Lauren Alloy PhD

  • Joseph Wolpe Distinguished Faculty in Psychology
  • Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology
  • Director of the Mood and Cognition Lab
  • Temple University

Tom Olino PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of the Child and Adolescent Development of Emotion, Personality and Psychopathology Lab
  • Department of Psychology
  • Temple University

Tim Trull PhD

  • Curators’ Distinguished Professor
  • Byler Distinguished Professor
  • Director of the Personality and Emotion Laboratory
  • Department of Psychological Sciences
  • University of Missouri

Lisanne Jenkins PhD

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
  • Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Northwestern University

Dr. Jenkins research interests include emotion and social neuroscience, clinical neuropsychology, emotion and the self in psychopathology, behavioural neurology, neurocircuitry of reward, the prefrontal cortex, and neuroimaging.

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Annmarie MacNamara PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Director of the Multimethod Affect and Cognition (MAC) Lab
  • Texas A&M University

David Fresco PhD

  • Professor
  • Director of the Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation Laboratory (PERL)
  • Co-Director of the Kent Electrophysiological Neuroscience Laboratory
  • Department of Psychological Sciences
  • Kent State University

Thilo Deckersbach PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Director of the Laboratory for Bipolar Neuroimaging
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Erika Forbes PhD

  • Professor
  • Director of the Affective Neuroscience and Developmental Psychopathology Laboratory
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Pittsburgh

Jessica Hamilton PhD

  • Postdoctoral Scholar
  • Sleep and Chronobiology Center
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Pittsburgh

Melvin McInnis MD, FRCPsych

  • Thomas B and Nancy Upjohn Woodworth Professor of Bipolar Disorder and Depression
  • Associate Director for Research, University of Michigan Depression Center
  • Director of the Heinz C. Prechter Bipolar Research Program
  • Department of Psychiatry
  • University of Michigan

Greg Hajcak PhD

  • Professor
  • Director of the Clinical Psychophysiology and Risk Lab
  • Department of Psychology
  • Florida State University
Dr. Hajcak's work utilizes a range of psychophysiological and neurobiological measures (i.e., event-related brain potentials or ERPs, functional magnetic resonance imagining or fMRI, startle reflex, pupillometry, eye tracking, heart rate, and skin conductance) to understand cognition, emotion, and psychopathology.

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David Miklowitz PhD

  • Professor
  • Director of the Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program
  • Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Behavior
  • University of California, Los Angeles

Lisa O’Donnell PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • School of Social Work
  • Wayne State University

Michael Berk MBBCH, MMed, FF(Psych)SA, FRANZCP, PhD

  • Alfred Deakin Professor and Chair of Psychiatry
  • School of Medicine, Deakin University
  • NHMRC Senior Principal Research Fellow
  • Director of the IMPACT Strategic Research Centre
  • Department of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne

Peter Kuppens PhD

  • Research Group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences
  • Faculty of Psychology and Educational Sciences
  • University of Leuven

Scott A. Langenecker PhD

  • Professor of Psychiatry
  • University of Utah
Dr. Langenecker is a clinical neuropsychologist, and neuroimaging specialist who focuses on the translational neuroscience of mood disorders. His goal is to contribute to work defining the neural circuits leading to the development and perseveration of depression and related mood disorders, as well as prediction of treatment response.

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Evan Kleiman PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology
  • Rutgers University