Petra Kleinlein, PhD

Petra’s research interests include cognitive and affective deficits in psychotic disorders. She is specifically interested in the effects of various treatment approaches on symptom presentation, cognitive functioning, and social cognition in schizophrenia. Currently, she is working as a Senior Psychology Extern at CTP where she represents psychology on interdisciplinary treatment teams.

Prior to coming to UNL, Petra received her BA (Psychology/Sociology) from Northern Illinois University (DeKalb, IL) in 2000, and her MA (Social Sciences, focus Clinical Psychology) from the University of Chicago (Chicago, IL) in 2001. She has worked on research projects involving neuropsychological, oculomotor, and fMRI testing with seriously mentally ill patients at the University of Chicago Center for Psychiatric Rehabilitation and the Center for Cognitive Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Petra is currently completing a post-doc at Yale University.

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Corrigan, P.W., & Kleinlein, P. (2005). The impact of mental illness stigma. In Corrigan, P.W. (Ed.), On the Stigma of Mental Illness: Implications for Research and Social Change. Washington: The American Psychological Association.

Corrigan, P.W., Swantek, S., Watson, A.C., Kleinlein, P. (2003). When do older adults seek primary care for depression? Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 191(9):619-22.

Publications In Progress
Vogler, J.E., Spaulding, W.D., Kleinlein, P., & Johnson, R. (in press). Chapter 14: Schizophrenia. In D.W. Nangle, D.J. Hansen, & C.A. Erdley (Eds.), Practitioner's guide to empirically based measures of social skills. Manuscript submitted.

Presentations & Posters

Tarasenko, M., Kleinlein, P., Choi, K., Davidson, C. A., Cook, E., & Spaulding, W. (2009, November). Emotion Perception and Social Functioning in Serious Mental Illness: Differential Relationships Among Inpatients and Outpatients. Poster presented at the 43rd Annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. New York City, NY.

Choi, K. H., Liu, N. H., Kleinlein, P., Wynne, A. Kim, J.S., Lee, S.A., Kwon, J. H., & Spaulding, W.D. (2007). Culture and Contextual Cues Affect Emotion Perception: Context-dependent emotion perception among Korean controls and negative biases in emotion perception in individuals with schizophrenia. Poster presented at the 19th APS Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Choi, K. H., Liu, N. H., Kleinlein, P., Wynne, A., & Spaulding, W. D. (2006, November). Facial affect and emotional context processing in people with severe mental illness. Poster presented at the 40 th ABCT Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Liu, N. H., Kleinlein, P., Choi, K. H., & Spaulding, W. D. (2006, November). Gender differences in social cognition. Poster presented at the 40 th ABCT Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.

Choi, K. H., Liu, N. H., Kleinlein, P., Kang, H. S., Lee, H. J., Kwon, J. H., & Spaulding, W. D. (2006).Validation Study of Emotional and Contextual Cue Processing Task. Poster presented at the 1st Asian CBT Conference, Hong Kong.

Nolting, J.R., Kleinlein, P., & Spaulding, W.D. (2005). NRRI vs. Non-NRRI: Difference of staff perceptions and implications for staff training and patient treatment decisions. Poster presented at the 39th ABCT Annual Convention, Washington, DC.

Vogler, J.E., Kleinlein, P. & Spaulding, W.D. (2004, November). An analysis of clozapine- and olanzapine-induced weight gain and associated psychological effects. Poster presented at the 38th AABT Annual Convention, New Orleans, LA.

Herbener, E.S.; Krisky, C.; Kleinlein, P.; Pavuluri, M.; and Sweeney, J. (2003, June). Emotional Valence Effects on Incidental Encoding and Recognition: An fMRI Study. Presented at the Organization for Human Brain Mapping Conference, New York, NY.

Herbener, E.S., Hill, S.K., Harris, M.S., Kleinlein, P., and Sweeney, J: Deficits in processing of emotional expressions in first episode schizophrenia patients: Medication effects on performance. Presented at the Annual Convention of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, San Francisco, CA. 2002. Abstract in: Biological Psychiatry, 53(8S): 124S-125S.