WELCOME to the home page for the Serious Mental Illness Research Group at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln!!

Through this page you can access information relevant to the research and clinical work being done by members of the group, as well as personal information about each member.

Current News and Updates

Welcome to our newest member, Jessica Palmer-Bacon.

Congratulations to:

Our newest Ph.D's:

Paul Nabity
Emily Treichler

Our members on internship:

Axel Bouchard

Other congratulations:

Will Spaulding, Elaina Montague, Andrea Avila, and Mary Sullivan authored a book chapter on recovery from mental illness:

Spaulding, W.D., Montague, E., Avila, A., & Sullivan, M.E.  (in press).  The idea of recovery.  In N.N. Singh, J.W. Barber, and S. Van Sant (Eds.), Recovery: Principles, research and practice in inpatient psychiatric hospitals.

This chapter systematically analyzes the idea of recovery, as it is used in contemporary mental health research, practice, services and policy, the scientific and social issues that fall under its rubric, the evolution of related ideas that results in the current state of affairs, and where that evolution may take us in the foreseeable future.

Elaina Montague and Will Spaulding, in collaboration with other UNL psychology researchers, were awarded a seed grant and are preparing a subsequent manuscript for publication. 

Montague, E., Spaulding, W. D., Neta, M., & Stoltenberg, S. F. (February – June, 2015). fMRI and genetic correlates of social and nonsocial cognition. Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior Seed Grant, UNL, $11,000. 

The SMI RG's 2015 Seed Grant study sought to clarify the neural, genetic, and behavioral correlates of social functioning within a sample of students with subclinical schizotypy (N=19) using an fMRI paradigm known to evoke amygdala reactivity to ambiguous facial stimuli. We hypothesized participants with higher cumulatively schizotypal traits will demonstrate greater initial amygdala hyperresponsivity (reactivity), as well as greater amygdala hyporesponsivity (deactivaton) across task duration in comparison to participants with lower cumulative traits.

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