Dr. Christine L. Larson
Associate Professor, Department of Psychology
I investigate how people regulate their emotions, how cognition and affect interact in this process, and how regulation goes awry in anxiety, depression, and disinhibitory psychopathology. One major current focus of our work is to prsopectivlely predict posttraumatic stress using multilevel assessments of acute trauma survivors. We use multimodal neuroimaging, electrophysiological, behavioral, and molecular genetic techniques to address these questions.
Currently I am a postdoctoral research fellow specializing in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods in the study of neurocircuitry underlying symptom provocation and emotion regulation in internalizing disorders. My most recent work examines neural aberrations during voluntary regulation of emotion using the strategy of cognitive reappraisal in those with PTSD, generalized anxiety disorder, social anxiety disorder, and depression. Currently I am interested in the impact of acute trauma on amygdalo-frontal functioning responsible for fear acquisition and extinction, and specifically how aberrations in this network predict peripheral markers of the stress response and behavioral outcomes.
I am currently a fourth year student in the clinical psychology program. I am interested in the neural underpinnings and interplay of anxiety and emotion. Specifically, I am interested in the relationship between uncertainty, worry, and avoidance, and how it relates to the development and maintenance of anxiety. Currently, I am working on a project at the VA that is examining the effects of a computerized working memory training on anxiety-related symptoms in a veteran PTSD population. I am also involved in a project investigating how the response to uncertainty relates to the development of PTSD symptoms in a sample that was recently exposed to a traumatic event.
I am a third year in the clinical psychology doctoral program. Broadly, I am interested in the neural underpinnings of anxious and trauma-related psychopathology. I am currently working on a prospective PTSD study, where I am particularly interested in understanding how neural and behavioral processes indicative of fear dysregulation (such as overgeneralized fear) may predict chronic posttraumatic distress. I am also working on a pre-post neuroimaging study of a computer-based intervention for obsessive-compulsive related symptoms and a project examining the effects of uncertainty and negative affective distraction on working memory and visual attention.
I am a first year student in the clinical psychology doctoral program. My research interests involve the use of psychophysiological and neuroscience methods to understand how individual differences in threat reactivity contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety symptoms. The current focus of my research is the role of sensitivity to uncertainty in the development of maladaptive avoidance, and how these factors interact in pathological anxiety.
I am a first year student in the neuroscience doctoral program. My general research interests involve investigating the neural mechanisms underlying the interaction between anxiety and performance on working memory tasks. Specifically, I am interested in understanding the relationship between trait anxiety and attentional control in the presence of threatening stimuli.
I am I am a second year student in the neuroscience doctoral program. Broadly, I am interested in using neuroimaging techniques to understand structural and functional differences in the those with anxiety and PTSD. I am currently working on a project using MRI to investigate structural changes over time in a population of individuals at risk for developing PTSD after a traumatic event.
I am currently a Ph.D student in the experimental psychology program. I am interested in learning, memory, and how stress affects implicit and explicit performance. I am currently working on a project examining the effect of threat on proactive and reactive cognitive control. I have also studied the implicit memory by using behavioral and eyetracking methods. I received my bachelor’s degree in Bioscience at Northeast Normal University in China and a master’s degree in psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
I am an undergraduate research assistant currently working on recruitment for a study that determines predictors of risk for PTSD following the experience of a traumatic event. My main area of interest is in developing somatic-based therapeutic tools for the treatment of PTSD and mood disorders such as anxiety and depression. I plan to pursue a PhD in Clinical Psychology following the completion of my undergraduate degree.
I am a Research Specialist in the UWM Affective Neuroscience Laboratory. In the future I plan to pursue a career in clinical neuroscience research. I am currently serving as study coordinator for an NIH R01-funded project attempting to identify early post-trauma predictors of risk for PTSD and other disorders.
Currently a postdoctoral fellow in the Laboratory for Affective and Translational Neuroscience at McLean Hospital directed by Diego Pizzagalli.
Currently on internship at the Boston VA.
Currently on internship at the Northern California VA.
Currently a postdoctoral fellow with Alan Simmons in the CESAMH Advanced Fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the VA San Diego Health Care System/UCSD.
Currently a psychologist at Rogers Memorial Hospital, Minneapolis.