Elaina Montague, M. A.
Academic email: elaina.montague@huskers.unl.edu 

RESEARCH STATEMENT

I am interested in how various traits and characteristics interact over the life course to increase cumulative risk for developing psychosis. Much of my work has focused on identifying novel treatment targets for early intervention and risk prediction of schizophrenia-spectrum disorders. This includes characterizing neurophysiological, behavioral, and clinical phenomena in healthy individuals who possess schizotypal traits.

Some of my more recent work has used quantitative approaches to better identify potential mediators, moderators, and predictors (e.g., emotion regulation, trauma, early development and home environment) of psychosis phenomenology. My dissertation research seeks to identify modifiable endophenotypes associated with paranoid social cognition and proposes negativity bias as a viable treatment target for persecutory beliefs. This study will specifically test the collective mediation of negativity bias and emotion regulation on amygdala reactivity to ambiguous faces amongst individuals with subclinical psychotic traits. The scope of my research has also expanded to consider the role of sleep/wake circadian rhythm cycle, as measured by actigraph motion logger devices, in predicting neurocognitive and social cognitive outcomes in subclinical populations.

ACTIVE LAB PROJECTS

  • Experimental psychopathology

  • Behavioral & neuroimaging studies

  • Psychometrics & latent variable analyses

PLACEMENTS

  • Integrated Pathways for Antelope Valley (IPAV) Outpatient Treatment Program for Adults with Severe Mental Illness

  • OMNI Adult Outpatient Treatment Clinic, Eating Disorders

  • Research Assistantship, Center for Brain, Biology, and Behavior (CB3)

AWARDS & HONORS

  • American Association for University Women Fellowship, UNL

  • Dean’s Scholarship, UNL

  • Research Advisory Committee Research Productivity Rewards, UNL

  • Warden Travel Fellowship, UNL

RESEARCH SUPPORT

  1. Spaulding, W.D., Neta, M., & Stoltenberg, S.F., & Montague, E. (January, 2016). Enhancing biomarker identification: A combined polygenetic and behavioral neuroscience approach to Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. UNL Social and Behavioral Sciences Research Consortium (SBSRC) Grant for Participant Reimbursement Expenses, $600.

  2. Spaulding, W.D., Neta, M., & Stoltenberg, S.F., & Montague, E. (December, 2016). Enhancing biomarker identification: A combined polygenetic and behavioral neuroscience approach to Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorders. Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) Seed Grant, $8,625. 

  3. Montague, E., Spaulding, W.D., Neta, M., & Stoltenberg, S.F. (February, 2015). fMRI and genetic correlates of social and nonsocial cognition. Center for Brain, Biology and Behavior (CB3) Seed Grant, $11,500. 

PUBLICATIONS

1.     Spaulding, W. D., Montague, E., Avila, A., & Sullivan, M. E.  (2016). 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

2.     Montague, E., Hochheiser, J., Brock, R., & Spaulding, W. D. (Under review). Defining new dimensions in psychosis: A factor structure replication of the Schizotypal Personality Questionnaire-Brief Revised Updated (SPQ-BRU).

3.     Davidson, C. A., Montague, E., Treichler, E., Bottoms, H.C., Cook, E.A., Gallegos, Y., Spaulding, W.D. (Under review). Self-efficacy and externality: Factor structure, concurrent validity, and parameters in community mental health and undergraduate samples.

4.     Hochheiser, J., Montague, E., & Spaulding, W. D. (In preparation). Schizotypy as a predictor of cognitive-emotion regulation.

5.     Montague, E., Spaulding, W. D., Neta, M., & Stoltenberg, S.F. (In preparation). The element of surprise: Mediating effects of negativity bias & emotion regulation in neural activity to faces in schizotypy.

POSTERS & PRESENTATIONS:

  1. Montague, E., Hochheiser, J., Brock, R., & Spaulding, W. D.  (March, 2017).  Predictors of subclinical positive features: A Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) approach.  Poster presented at the International Congress for Schizophrenia Research Meeting.  San Diego, CA.  
  2. Montague, E., Hochheiser, J., Palmer-Bacon, J., Brock, R., & Spaulding, W. D. (September, 2017). Sleep disturbance in schizotypy. Poster presented at the Fourteenth Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology Meeting, Denver, C.O.
  3. Hochheiser, J., Montague, E., & Spaulding, W. D. (March, 2017). Schizotypy as a predictor of cognitive-emotion regulation. Poster presented at the International Congress for Schizophrenia Research Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  4. Montague, E., Hochheiser, J., Brock, R., & Spaulding, W. D. (March, 2017). Predictors of subclinical positive features: A Structural Equation Modeling (SEM) approach. Poster presented at the International Congress for Schizophrenia Research Meeting, San Diego, CA.
  5. Montague, E., Spaulding, W.D., & Neta, M. (September, 2016). Cognition-emotion interaction in psychometrically-defined schizotypy: An fMRI study of valence bias in social ambiguity. Poster to be presented at the Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  6. Montague, E. & Spaulding, W.D. (September, 2016). Multivariate predictors of social and nonsocial cognitive task performance in psychometrically-defined schizotypy. Poster to be presented at the Thirtieth Annual Meeting of the Society for Research in Psychopathology Meeting, Washington, D.C.
  7. Montague, E. (February, 2016). Counteracting heightened vulnerability to body dissatisfaction and eating disorders among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) individuals with Affirmative Treatment approaches. Professional research and training workshop presented at the Eating Disorder Awareness Luncheon at OMNI Behavioral Health, NE.
  8. Montague, E. & Spaulding, W.D. (November, 2015). Biopsychosocial correlates of social functioning in college students with schizotypy. Poster presented at the 49th Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies convention, Serious Mental Illness Special Interest Group (SMI SIG), Chicago, IL.
  9. Rudasill, K.M., Molfese, V.J., Prokasky, A., & Montague, E. (April, 2014). Sleep and toddler self-regulation. Paper presented at the 2014 Early Childhood Research Summit, Lincoln, NE.
  10. Molfese, V.J., Rudasill, K.M., Prokasky, A., & Montague, E. (March, 2014). Toddlers need more than tiaras: The brain’s role in self-regulation. Paper presented at the Eureka! 2014 Conference, Lincoln NE.
  11. Laib, K., Montague, E., Spaulding, W.D. (November, 2013). Clinical variables that impact executive functioning of serious mental illness. Poster presented at the 47th Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies convention, Nashville, TN.  
  12. Montague, E., & Choi, J.  (April, 2013).  Avolition and apathy in schizophrenia.  Poster presented at the International Congress on Schizophrenia Research.  Orlando, Fl.  
  13. Choi, J., & Montague, E.  (November, 2012).  Individually tailored and fluid treatment algorithms to address work-related social and cognitive impairments in adults with severe mental illness.  Paper presented at the 46th Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies convention.  National Harbor, MD.
  14. Montague, E., Chue, A., & Choi, J.  (November, 2012).  The role of avolition as a predictor of amotivation.  Poster presented at the 46th Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention.  National Harbor, MD.
  15. Chue, A.E., Montague, E., Lysaker, P., & Choi, J.  (November, 2012).  Addressing defeatist beliefs in vocational rehabilitation for schizophrenia.  Poster presented at the 46th Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention.  National Harbor, MD.  
  16. Montague, E., Santorelli, G., & Choi, J.  (May, 2012).  The relationship between negative symptoms, intrinsic motivation and cognition in enhancing learning outcomes in schizophrenia.  Poster presented at the 25th Association for Psychological Science Convention.  Chicago, IL.  

UPDATED: March 30, 2017