Stewart A. Shankman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Director of Clinical Training
Department of Psychology
Clinical Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry
University of Illinois at Chicago

Behavioral Sciences Building, 1062D
1007 W. Harrison St., M/C 285
Chicago, IL 60607-7135
(312) 355-3812

Ph.D., Stony Brook University, 2005


Alison DeLizza, B.A.
Research Assistant

graduate students

Casey Sarapas, M.A.

My interests include cognitive and biological mechanisms underlying emotion and its regulation; how alterations in these mechanisms contribute to emotional disorders; and laboratory methods to assess emotionality and other individual differences. I am involved in two lines of research in our lab. The first examines how basic neurocognitive abilities, including attention and effortful control, affect the processing of emotion and lead to psychopathology. The second examines genetic bases of aspects of defensive and appetitive responding. I am also interested in the structure and classification of psychopathology.

Miranda L. (Nelson) Campbell, M.A.

My research interests involve the use of various psychophysiological methods to better understand mood and anxiety disorders. Methodologies I have a particular interest in using include structural and functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging (DTI), and the electromyography (EMG) startle response.  My master's project looked at the relationship between anxiety sensitivity and the timecourse of the acoustic startle response. My preliminary examination project is focused on commonalities and distinctions in white matter structure among individuals with major depression and/or anxiety. 

Stephanie M. Gorka, M.A.

My research focuses on biological and emotional processes that contribute to psychopathology, with an emphasis on mechanisms underlying the comorbidity between internalizing and externalizing disorders. In line with these interests, my dissertation aims to examine psychophysiological factors (e.g., startle reactivity, respiratory sinus arrhythmia) associated with the co-occurrence of anxiety disorders and alcohol dependence. It is my hope that this line of research would ultimately lead to the identification of treatment markers and the development of more targeted interventions.

Andrea C. Katz, B.A.

I am interested in mood and anxiety disorders, specifically in how and why they typically co-occur, as well as the biological and physiological aspects of each disorder. Currently, I am working on a project examining brain activity during reward processing, which may help identify markers for psychopathology.

Huiting Liu, M.A.

I am interested in using psychophysiology and affective neuroscience to examine the biological correlates of psychopathology, looking at both risk factors and predictors of treatment outcome. 

Lynne Lieberman, B.A.

I am interested in using psychophysiological methods to explore abnormalities in defensive reactivity across internalizing disorders. I am particularly interested in the impact anxiety has on cognitive processes, such as working memory and attention. 
former lab members

Brady D. Nelson, Ph.D.
Brady is now a post-doctoral fellow at Stony Brook University. He received his Ph.D. in 2013.
E. Jenna Robison-Andrew, Ph.D.
Jenna is now a research psychologist at the University of Minnesota Brain Sciences Center. She received her Ph.D. in 2011.
Sarah E. Altman, Ph.D.
Sarah is now a post-doctoral fellow at the Cleveland Center for Eating Disorders. She received her Ph.D. in 2011.


Jeff Bishop
UIC College of Pharmacy
Christian Grillon
National Institute of Mental Health
Greg Hajcak
Stony Brook University
Martin Harrow
UIC Department of Psychiatry
Ellen Herbener
UIC Department of Psychology
Scot Hill
Rosalind Franklin University
Jon Kassel
UIC Department of Psychology
Rick Kittles
UIC College of Medicine
 Daniel Klein
Stony Brook University
Scott Langenecker
UIC Department of Psychiatry
Peter Lewinsohn
Oregon Research Institute
UIC Department of Psychiatry
Harvard University
Research Triangle Institute
John Seeley
Oregon Research Institute
Steven Silverstein
Robert Wood Johnson Medical School

 undergraduate research assistants

Alana Bendersky Steve Hall Angelica Kladis
Arshila Merchant Courtney Quigley