My current line of research involves examining spatial navigation abilities in both cognitively normal older adults and adults with Alzheimer's disease. More specifically, I'm interested in improving spatial navigation abilities in older adults through cognitive training. I'm also interested in the use of spatial navigation tasks as a means for detecting the earliest cognitive symptoms of Alzheimer's disease.
Research InterestMyra is a 5th year graduate student with a clinical and research emphasis on behavioral medicine and health psychology. She is particularly interested in health promotion, disease prevention, and the intersection between psychology and public health. Her research focuses on the prevention and treatment of childhood obesity utilizing a socioecological framework. She is currently conducting a cluster randomized controlled trial investigating the effect of an online targeted and universal intervention focusing on health eating, physical activity, quality of life, and positive body image in two middle schools in Missouri. In addition, she has examined the effect of diet, physical activity, and the built environment on weight loss outcomes in the context of family-based behavioral weight loss treatment.
Patrick Cruitt is a graduate student in Tom Oltmann's SPAN Lab. He is interested in the relationship between personality pathology and physical health in the context of aging. He has previously examined the role of employment in the relationship between borderline personality pathology and physical health. Patrick is currently studying the prevalence of personality symptoms in later life as well as exploring the influence of work and economic variables on personality and health.
Adam received his B.S. in Psychology from Indiana University. He is currently interested in understanding the reductions in motivation and goal-oriented decision-making associated with schizophrenia. In order to fully explore this area he is conducting studies using a wide range of techniques including fMRI, ecological momentary assessment, and computational modeling.
Culbreth, A.J., Gold, J.M., Cools, R., Barch, D.M. (2015). Impaired activation in cognitive control regions predicts reversal learning in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia bulletin, sbv075
Strauss, G. P., Kappenman, E. S., Culbreth, A. J., Catalano, L. T., Ossenfort, K. L., Lee, B. G., & Gold, J. M. (2015). Emotion regulation abnormalities in schizophrenia: Directed attention strategies fail to decrease the neurophysiological response to unpleasant stimuli. Journal of abnormal psychology, 124(2), 288.
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Catherine is interested in investigating threat and reward-related neural mechanisms associated with psychopathology and addiction, and how genetic risk modulates these effects. Catherine received her B.A. with honors in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2011, and worked at the National Institute of Drug Abuse before coming to Washington University in 2013.
Demers, CH., Bogdan, R., & Agrawal, A. (2014). The Genetics, Neurogenetics and Pharmacogenetics of Addiction. Curr Behav Neurosci Rep, 1(1), 33-44.
McHugh MJ, Demers CH, Salmeron BJ, Devous MD, Stein EA, Adinoff B. (2014). Cortico-amygdala coupling as a marker of early relapse in cocaine-addicted individuals. Frontiers in Psychiatry.
McHugh MJ, Demers CH, Braud J, Briggs R, Adinoff B, Stein EA. (2013). Striatal-insula circuits in cocaine addiction: implications for impulsivity and relapse risk. American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 39(6).
Christina's research investigates how environment and genetic variation contribute to individual differences in brain function and the development of psychopathology. She is particularly interested in understanding the association of genetic variation and threat- and reward- related neural mechanisms, which may place some individuals at risk for stress-related psychopathology, such as depression and anxiety. Specifically, she examines genetic variations within the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis, the body’s central regulator of stress responsiveness, in order to create genetic profiles conferring increased stress-responsivity.
Di Iorio CR, Watkins TJ, Dietrich MS, Cao A, Blackford JU, Baxter R, Ansari MS, Baldwin RM, Li R, Kessler RM, Salomon RM, Benningfield M, Cowan RL. (2012). Evidence for chronically altered serotonin function in the cerebral cortex of female 3,4-Methylenedioxymethamphetamine and polydrug users. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69(4):399-409.
Bauernfeind AL, Dietrich MS, Blackford JU, Charboneau EJ, Lillevig JG, Cannistraci CJ, Woodward ND, Cao A, Watkins T, Di Iorio CR, Cascio C, Salomon RM, Cowan RL. (2011). Human ecstasy use is associated with increased cortical excitability: an fMRI study. Neuropsychopharmacology, 36(6):1127-1141.
Michelle is a graduate student working with Dr. Jeffrey Zacks and Dr. Thomas Rodebaugh. She is interested in investigating the relationship between Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), information processing, memory, and prediction ability. For her dissertation, Michelle is studying whether there is an integrative prediction mechanism that drives prediction performance across tasks. Her dissertation also investigates whether PTSD affects prediction ability across task domains.
Jon's research focuses on how physicians, older adults, and families communicate with one another regarding the diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). In collaboration with researchers at the Washington University Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center (ADRC), Jon is studying research participant and general public knowledge and preferences regarding the disclosure of risk for AD. In addition, Jon is interested in how physicians weigh and consider diagnostic evidence to diagnose and treat AD.
Previously, Jon worked as a research coordinator at the Memory and Aging Center at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). He is currently in his fifth year of the Clinical Psychology PhD program.
Gooblar, J., et al. (In press). Attitudes of research participants and the general public regarding disclosure of Alzheimer disease research results. JAMA Neurology.
Gooblar, J., Carpenter, B.D., Coats, M.A., Morris, J.C., & Snider, B.J. (2015). The influence of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) biomarkers on clinical dementia evaluations. Alzheimer’s & Dementia, 11, 533-540.http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jalz.2014.04.517
Gooblar, J., & Carpenter, B.D. (2013). Print advertisements for Alzheimer’s disease drugs: Informational and transformational features. American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias, 28(4), 355-362.
Natasha is a first year graduate student in Renee Thompson’s lab at Washington University. Her research interests include emotion regulation and the use of maladaptive coping mechanisms in Major Depressive Disorder, and she has a particular interest in ecological momentary assessment methodology. She graduated with a BA in Psychology from Pomona College in 2012, after which she spent three years working as a research assistant at Brown University.
Research SpecializationClinical Research InterestsElizabeth is a graduate student with Dr. Deanna Barch in the Cognitive Control & Psychopathology Laboratory (CCP Lab). She is interested in exploring how specific domains of executive function and cognitive control may influence the development of later psychopathology in children. The goal of this research is to connect improved characterization of sample heterogeneity with neural network theory to advance the identification of behavioral deficits and neural systems that span across disorders.
Zoë is a graduate student in Desiree White's Pediatric Neuropsychology Laboratory at Washington University. Her research focuses on the relationship between brain and behavior in populations with neurodevelopmental disorders. Specifically, she is interested in whether structural and functional neural markers predict executive abilities in populations with phenylketonuria (PKU) and autism (ASD). Zoë received her B.S. in Biopsychology, Cognition & Neuroscience from University of Michigan in 2014.
Jackie Hayes is a second year graduate student in Denise Wilfley’s lab. Jackie received her B.A. in Psychology from Tufts University in 2009. Her research interests include the prevention and treatment of obesity and eating disorders, with a specific desire to assess and implement individual, family, and community-based interventions for childhood obesity. Additional interests include cognitive and emotional factors related to loss of control eating and binge eating disorder.
Anna received her B.A. with honors in Psychology from California State University. She is interested in investigating how executive abilities (e.g., inhibitory control, working memory, strategic processing) are impaired by chronic and experimental pain and how executive abilities develop in children with disorders that disrupt function of the prefrontal cortex of the brain, with a focus on phenylketonuria (PKU) and sickle cell anemia.
Hood, A., Grange, D. K., Christ, S. E., White, D.A. (2014). Variability in Phenylalanine Control Predicts IQ and Executive Abilities in Children with Phenylketonuria. Molecular genetics and metabolism 111(4), 445-451.
Hood, A., Pulvers, K., & Spady, T. J. (2013). Timing and Gender Determine If Acute Pain Impairs Working Memory Performance. The Journal of Pain, 14(11), 1320-1329.
Hood, A., Pulvers, K., Carrillo, J., Merchant, G., & Thomas, M. D. (2011). Positive traits linked to less pain through lower pain catastrophizing. Personality and Individual Differences, 52(3), 401-405.
Anna Karam is a second year graduate student in the clinical psychology doctoral program at Washington University in St. Louis. Anna received her B.A. in Psychology and Women’s and Gender Studies in 2013 from UNC-Chapel Hill. Her research interests include the prevention, etiology, and treatment of eating disorders and obesity. Additionally, she is interested in emotional eating and the dissemination and implementation of interventions and evidence-based treatments.
Hannah is a third year graduate student in Tom Oltmann's lab. She graduated from Boston University in 2009 with a degree in Psychology. She then worked for two years in a lab that researches the longitudinal course of borderline personality disorder. Hannah is interested in both psychopathology and healthy aging. Her current research focuses on how personality can help explain the relationship between volunteering and health. She is also interested in how personality disorders and flourishing are related.
Katherine is a first year graduate student working with Dr. Deanna Barch. Katherine is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms that support various cognitive-emotional processes. She looks forward to applying various imaging techniques to investigate the neural substrates of emotion regulation in depression and anxiety disorders. Katherine graduated from the University of Maryland with a B.S. in Psychology and spent the subsequent five years doing imaging and neuropsychological research at the National Institutes of Health.
Research SpecializationClinicalResearch InterestsAnnette is a third year graduate student working in Renee Thompson's lab. She is primarily interested in understanding how individual differences in emotional experience and emotion regulation contribute to resilience and to psychopathology, particularly for depression and anxiety. Selected PublicationsMankus, A.M., Boden, M.T., & Thompson, R.J. (2016). Sources of variation in emotional awareness: Age, gender, and socioeconomic status. Personality and Individual Differences, 89, 28-33. doi:10.1016/j.paid.2015.09.043 Mankus, A.M., Aldao, A., Kerns, C., Wright Mayville, E., & Mennin, D.S. (2013). Mindfulness and heart rate variability in individuals with high and low generalized anxiety symptoms. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 51, 386-391. doi: 10.1016/j.brat.2013.03.005
I am currently a Ph.D. candidate in Clinical Psychology, working with Dr. Thomas Oltmanns on the SPAN study, a longitudinal investigation of personality, aging and health in a representative community sample of late mid-life adults. My research investigates the mechanisms of personality-health associations and their relevance to racial health inequities. Extensive research shows that how we think, feel and act — our personality — is a key predictor of health. I am interested in whether established personality-health links replicate across race and gender, and how a range of social experiences, particularly those that are stressful, intervene in personality-health connections to impact inequities in health. My research has been funded by an NIH National Research Service Award and RO1 Diversity Supplement, and I was awarded the 2016 Outstanding Student Diversity Research Award from the Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP). My ultimate goal is to identify novel intervention targets that can lead to the elimination of racial health inequities.
Caroline is a third year graduate student working with Dr. Brian Carpenter in the Clinical Geropsychology Lab. She graduated from Princeton University with a B.A. in Psychology in 2011. Caroline’s research interests center around older adults and aging, as well as advancing and expanding the field of geropsychology. Her current projects include the evaluation of an online screening tool for dementia risk factors, ways to reduce stigma and bias against older adults, the factors contributing to clinical psychologists entering the field of aging.
Research InterestsMarilyn is a Clinical student in the Anxiety and Psychotherapy Laboratory, working with Tom Rodebaugh. Her research interests focus on the cognitive and behavioral factors that maintain social anxiety, especially within the context of interpersonal relationships. Marilyn has a special interest in processes like post-event processing and safety behaviors that socially anxious individuals may use within the context of friendships and plans to study how these processes effect the initiation and maintenance of friendships.
I am interested in improving our understanding of cognitive deficits in psychotic disorders, with a particular interest in the hypothesized common or “generalized” cognitive deficit in schizophrenia. I hope to better understand whether the deficits seen across a wide range of cognitive domains are due to whole-brain dysfunction, or whether they are instead the product of many localized brain abnormalities with diffuse effects. To address these questions I am using functional connectivity MRI analysis and applying graph theoretical techniques.
Research InterestsMichelle St. Paul is a clinical psychology graduate student in the Weight Management and Eating Disorders Program, lead by Denise E. Wilfley, PhD. She received her B.A. in Psychology from Boston University in 2009, and her M.A. in Psychology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2015. Her current research interests include the sociocultural contributors to disordered eating, especially body image, and the use of novel technology to deliver evidence-based interventions.
Natasha is interested in using EMA (ecological momentary assessment) tools to measure how anxious traits change over time. She is also interested in characterizing how social anxiety and traits related to social impairment are related to attention mechanisms..
My research interests include cognitive and behavioral processes in the etiology, maintenance, and treatment of anxiety disorders. Specifically, I am interested in the diminished positive affect that characterizes social anxiety disorder and comorbid conditions such as major depressive disorder. In the future, I hope to develop interventions aimed at increasing positive affect.
Erika received her B.S. in Psychology and B.A. in Biology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2013. Here at WashU, Erika is a graduate student in the Developmental Neuropsychology Lab under the mentorship of Desiree White. Her research focuses on age-related trends in executive abilities and brain development in children with neurodevelopmental and medical disorders, including phenylketonuria (PKU) and specific learning disorders.
Haijing is a second-year graduate student working with Dr. Renee Thompson. Haijing is interested in examining the roles of emotion and reward responsiveness in decision-making, particularly in individuals who have depression. She graduated with a B.A. in psychology from Vanderbilt University and worked as a lab manager at University of Pennsylvania before joining Dr. Thompson's lab.