Emotion, Cognition, and Neuropsychology Lab

Emotion, Cognition, and Neuropsychology Laboratory

Stacie L. Warren, Ph.D.

Email: swarren@paloaltou.edu

The Emotion, Cognition, and Neuropsychology Laboratory (ECN) takes a multidisciplinary approach in understanding mechanisms and pathways that contribute to the development and maintenance of anxiety and depression, and related brain function and dysfunction. Specific interests include understanding how cognitive processes (e.g., executive function, attention, and cognitive control), affective factors (e.g., positive and negative affect), and socialization experiences (e.g., attachment, trauma) contribute to emotion dysregulation and psychopathology.  As a clinical scientist, a goal of my research is to integrate basic science research with clinical intervention. I anticipate developing cognitive treatment methods (e.g., executive function training protocols) using the knowledge gained from understanding the etiological mechanisms of cognitive and affective symptoms associated with anxiety and depression. These studies employ a variety of methods, including neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI), genetics, behavioral measures (e.g., neuropsychological testing, experimental laboratory testing), clinical interviews, self-report, and informant-report instruments. Training is geared toward facilitating the development of fellow clinical scientists, with the goal of helping students become independent researchers.

ECN provides students with didactic and applied experiences in neuropsychological, affective, and neuroscience research. ECN emphasizes research productivity (e.g., data collection, analyses, manuscript publication, conference presentations, and grant applications). Lab meetings will occur once per week to bring our creative minds together to brainstorm about projects, coordinate our research efforts, discuss our research findings, and to engage in didactic experiences. ECN requires a minimum of 10 hours per week commitment and a good sense of humor.    

Openings:  New students will be required to start as soon as accepted, with increased lab presence in summer 2019.  

Applications:  Interested students are asked to submit the following to Dr. Warren via email (swarren@paloaltou.edu) by midnight on Friday, April 5th:

  1. Updated curriculum vitae.
  2. Up to three-page statement describing past research experience(s), how and why you became interested in ECN, and a description of your specific research and clinical interests.  Experience in programming (Matlab, C/C++, python, e-prime, or other programming languages/shells) is highly desirable though not required for application. If you have programming experience, please note specific experience(s) and your level of expertise in your statement. If you have neuroimaging experience, please note specific experiences in your statement.
  3. A writing sample (e.g., research proposal from your Research Methods class, or another paper submitted for a graduate-level course, first author publication, first author poster presented at a research conference).
  4. Copy of your transcript (unofficial is ok)

Notification Process:  Dr. Warren anticipates interviewing potential students starting Thursday, April 11th through Thursday, April 18th. Students accepted into ECN will be notified via email by 5pm on Monday, April 29th, 2019.

Questions: Please feel free to contact Dr. Warren via email: swarren@paloaltou.edu

Frequently Asked Questions:

Do I need neuroimaging experience to join ECN? No.

Do I need programming experience to join ECN? Nope, just a willingness to learn.

Do you really require a minimum of 10 hours a week? Yes. There is far too much research to be done and not enough time!


Representative Publications:

Bredemeier, K., Warren, S. L., Berenbaum, H., Miller, G. A., & Heller, W. (2016). Executive function deficits associated with current and past major depressive symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 204, 226-233.

Snyder, H. R., Kaiser, R. K., Warren, S. L., & Heller, W. (2015).  Obsessive compulsive disorder is associated with broad impairments in executive function: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychological Science, 3, 301-330.

Sadeh, N. S., Spielberg, J. M., Warren, S. L., Miller, G. A., & Heller, H. (2014). Aberrant neural connectivity during emotional processing associated with posttraumatic stress. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 748-755.

Warren, S. L., Crocker, L. D., Spielberg, J. M., Engels, A. S., Banich, M. T., Sutton, B., Miller, G. A., & Heller, W. (2013). Cortical organization of inhibition-related functions and modulation by psychopathology. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, Article 271.

Crocker, L. D., Heller, W., Warren, S. L., O’Hare, A., & Miller, G. A. (2013). Cognition/Emotion relationships and neuroplasticity: Implications for intervention in psychopathology. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, Article 261.

Warren, S.L., Bost, K.K., Roisman, G.I., Levin Silton, R., Spielberg, J.M., Engels, A.S., Choi, E., Sutton, B.P., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2010). Effects of adult attachment and emotional distractors on brain mechanisms of cognitive control. Psychological Science, 21(12), 1818-1826.

Engels, A.S., Heller, W., Spielberg, J.M., Warren, S.L., Sutton, B.P, Banich, M.T., & Miller, G.A. (2010). Co-occurring anxiety influences patterns of brain activity in depression. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience,10, 141-156.

Warren, S.L., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2008). Emotional facilitation and disruption of memory. In M. Guadagnoli, A.S. Benjamin, S. de Belle, B. Etnyre, & T. Polk. (Eds.). Human learning: Biology, brain and neuroscience. Holland: Elsevier.   


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