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Families, Affective Neuroscience, and Mood Disorders (FAM) Lab

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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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Nicholas Defelice BA

  • UIC Medical Student
Nick DeFelice is from Cleveland, Ohio where he graduated with a degree in biology from Case Western Reserve University. After college, he joined Teach For America and taught Science for three years on the west side of Chicago. Following this, enrolled in medical school at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has been a volunteer with the FAM lab since 2018.

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Meghan Elliott BA

  • FAM Lab Research Associate
Meghan Elliott joined the FAM lab as a Research Associate in July 2022. She received her B.A. in Psychology from the University of Chicago in 2019 with a minor in neuroscience. Her research interests include biopsychosocial risk factors for depression and suicidal ideation in youth.

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Maria Granros MA

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Psychology Extern
Maria Granros is a graduate student in the UIC Clinical Psychology Doctoral Program. Maria graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Psychology with neuroscience emphasis and a BA in Spanish. In her graduate studies, Maria is interested in examining risk factors for the transmission of depression with a special interest in investigating predictors of depression in adolescents. Under the mentorship of Dr. Burkhouse, Maria examines biomarkers of depression with the hope of tailoring mechanisms of prevention for at-risk populations. She is also a psychology extern in the Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic at UIC.

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Ritika Prasad

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
Ritika is a third-year undergraduate at the University of California, Los Angeles, majoring in neuroscience. She is volunteering at the UIC Families, Affective Neuroscience, and Mood Disorders (FAM) Lab as an undergraduate research assistant for the summer under the guidance and supervision of Dr. Cope Feurer. Her interests include studying risk markers and experiences in childhood and adolescence that affect neural pathways and brain function, contributing to the development of mental illnesses over time. In the future, Ritika hopes to pursue a career focusing on psychiatry and clinical psychology, and further research preventative methods and early interventions for mental disorders in order to better support future generations.

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Michelle Sheena BS

  • MD/PhD Student
Michelle is currently a graduate student in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) at UIC. She graduated from Tulane University in 2016 with a BS in Neuroscience, and double minors in Spanish and Studio Art. Michelle is working under a joint mentorship between Dr. Katie Burkhouse and Dr. Olusola Ajilore; her research in the Burkhouse/Ajilore lab focuses on family history of psychopathology and dysfunctional neural responses (fMRI/EEG). She is also interested in data visualization, health humanities, and medical education.

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Jaime Sosa BS

  • EMT Student / Research Assistant
Jaime is a current EMT student at UIC who graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2021 with a Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts and Sciences and a minor in Spanish. He has a passion for the health sciences, helping others reach their goals, and he plans to pursue a career in the health field as a physician in the near future. He works in the FAM Lab with Dr. Katie Burkhouse, which works towards identifying behavioral-brain risk markers and preventative interventions for depression in children and adolescents. The main goal of the lab is to create tools to assist in the prevention and diagnosis of youth depression.

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Jennifer Suor PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Department of Psychiatry
Dr. Jennifer Suor is a postdoctoral fellow in the FAMLAB. Dr. Suor completed her predoctoral psychology internship at the University of Illinois at Chicago (2018-2019). She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Rochester, with emphasis in developmental psychopathology. Her program of research broadly focuses on elucidating the multilevel processes (e.g., family, socioeconomic, cognitive, biological) that shape self-regulation across child and adolescent development, particularly in relation to mental and health-risk behavior outcomes. This work is supported by a NICHD F32 postdoctoral fellowship. Her goal is for this work to further clarify family and biological mechanisms that can be targeted in preventive interventions for at-risk youth.

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Nancy Morales

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

Nancy is an undergraduate majoring in Neuroscience and minoring in Life Science Visualization. She is currently volunteering in the Families, Affective Neuroscience, Mood Disorders Lab. She received her Associates in Science from Malcolm X College.

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Nallely Ramirez

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
Nallely Ramirez is an undergraduate Honor’s student majoring in Biology. She has an interest in advocating for mental health issues and learning how to best reduce it’s impact on people’s lives. She hopes to attend Medical School after graduation to pursue a career as a physician.

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Cope Feurer PhD

  • Postdoctoral Fellow
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Cope Feurer is a T32 postdoctoral fellow at the University of Illinois – Chicago. Her research utilizes a multiple levels of analysis approach integrating peripheral and neurophysiological methods to examine correlates and markers of risk for internalizing disorders, particularly within the context of stress. Specifically, her research aims to examine whether biomarkers of risk generalize to risk for psychopathology outside of the lab through contributing to individual differences in stress reactivity and generation.

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Kaveh Afshar BA

  • Research Associate II
Kaveh worked as a research assistant in the FAM Lab from 2016-2019 and began pursuing his PhD in Clinical Psychology at Auburn University in the fall of 2019.

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Shannon Karich BA

  • Visiting Research Associate II
Shannon worked as a research assistant in the FAM Lab from 2017-2019 and recently began pursuing her master of social work degree at the University of Pennsylvania in the fall of 2019.

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