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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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Anna Buckstaff BA

  • Research Associate I - Soc Sciences (Academic Hourly)
Anna received a B.A. in Psychology with Honors and a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Cognitive Science from Marquette University in May 2021. Her senior honors thesis analyzed parents reflective functioning and emotion socialization with pre-school aged children. She will build upon her interests in the role of emotions and their relationship to mental health and the implementation of preventative interventions. She joined the FAM Lab as a research associate in June of 2021 and hopes to purse 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

  • Graduate Research Assistant
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.

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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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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

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant

Saranya Menon

  • Undergraduate Research Volunteer
Saranya Menon is an undergraduate GPPA Medical Scholar 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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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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Jaime Sosa

  • Undergraduate Research Assistant
Jaime is a senior at UIC majoring in biological sciences and spanish. He is interested in learning best methods to reduce mental health issues, particularly among minority populations. His overall goal is to attend medical school and become a physician

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Raeeha Syeda

  • Undergraduate 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.

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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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