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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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Alison Calentino BA

  • FAM Lab Project Coordinator
Alison received a B.A. in Psychology and a B.A. in Comparative Human Development with honors from the University of Chicago in June of 2018. Her senior honors thesis explored the topics of depression and suicide among college students in Hong Kong. She has shifted her focus from an anthropological perspective to a clinical one, and her research interests are now focused around risk factors and preventative interventions for adolescent depression and suicidality. She joined the FAM Lab as a research associate in March of 2019 and hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the future.

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Hannah Duttweiler BA

  • FAM Lab Project Coordinator

Hannah recently received a B.A. in psychology from the University of Rochester in May 2020, joining the FAM Lab as a research associate. Her interests include understanding mechanisms of depression risk as well as depression-anxiety comorbidity. She hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in clinical psychology in the future.

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Maria Granros BS

  • UIC Clinical Psychology Graduate Student
Maria Granros is a first-year graduate student in the Clinical Psychology Program. Maria recently graduated from the University of Georgia with a BS in Psychology with neuroscience emphasis and a BA in Spanish. During her time at UGA, she worked in the NAMAL lab using neuroimaging to research cognitive dysfunction in aging populations. 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 will research biomarkers of depression with the hope of tailoring mechanisms of prevention for at-risk populations.

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Tayler Jones MA

  • UIC Clinical Psychology Doctoral Candidate

Tayler Jones is a Clinical Psychology doctoral candidate in the UIC Department of Psychology. Her research program is primarily in the field of Psychology and Law, investigating factors that affect the cases of child abuse victims and how children understand transgressions. She is also a volunteer in Dr. Katie Burkhouse’s Families, Affective Neuroscience, and Mood Disorders Lab.

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Kayla Kreutzer BS

  • Psychiatry Volunteer
Kayla received a B.S in Neuroscience with honors from the University of Illinois at Chicago in May of 2017. She has 5 years of clinical research experience in a variety of topics and has worked with child, adolescent, and young adult populations. She is currently completing her Masters in Clinical Social Work at Michigan State University with a specialization in Evidence-Based Trauma Treatment Methods and plans to graduate in May of 2021. Kayla’s career interests include working clinically with adolescent survivors of sexual trauma.

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Khushboo Patel BS

  • Psychiatry Volunteer
Khushboo is a second-year medical student at the New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University. In 2017, she graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a BS in neuroscience and psychology. After her undergraduate graduation, she worked as a therapeutic specialist at an autism clinic as well as assisted in the FAM Lab research projects. Upon finishing medical school, Khushboo hopes to pursue a residency in psychiatry with an emphasis in women’s mental health.

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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.

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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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Abigail Ayemoba

  • Psychiatry Volunteer

Sophia Chervak

  • Psychiatry Volunteer

Hannah Choh

  • Psychiatry Volunteer

Saranya Menon

  • Undergraduate Research Volunteer

Saranya Menon is an undergraduate and first year GPPA Medical Student with a major in Neuroscience. Passionate about mental health and how it can affect individuals on a neurological basis, she hopes to help alleviate the suffering of individuals who may be facing these issues.

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Gabrielle Munoz

  • Psychiatry Volunteer

Eraj Shah

  • Psychiatry Volunteer

Jaime Sosa

  • Psychiatry Volunteer

Charlotte Steele

  • Medical Lab Assistant I (Extra Help)

Raeeha Syeda

  • Volunteer Research Assistant
Raeeha Syeda is a Junior at UIC majoring in biological sciences. She is also a member of the honors college. After graduation, she plans on going to medical school. She has a strong interest to learn about the effects of psychological disorders on people and how to prevent them, and she believes the FAM lab will help me explore that and more.

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Katie Bessette

  • UIC Clinical Psychology Graduate Student (Advisor: Scott Langenecker)

Cope Feurer MS

  • Pre-Doctoral Psychology Intern
  • Department of Psychiatry, UIC
Cope Feurer is a pre-doctoral psychology intern in the child track at the University of Illinois – Chicago and is a doctoral candidate in the clinical psychology program at Binghamton University (SUNY). Her program of research centers on the bidirectional relation between stress and depression risk in adolescents. Specifically, her research utilizes peripheral and neurophysiological methods to examine moderators and mechanisms contributing to individual differences in stress reactivity and generation in youth at risk for depression, with a special emphasis on interpersonal stress. 

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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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