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Dr. Fred Helmstetter received a new five-year $1.8M R01 grant from the NIMH.

Dr. Fred Helmstetter received a new five-year $1.8M R01 grant from the NIMH. His research project is entitled, “Systems and molecular mechanisms of retrival-dependent memory destabilization. The project looks at how memories that have been formed in the brain can… Read More

Dr. Lee received a 2016 UWM Foundation Research Award.

Dr. Hanjoo Lee received a UWM Foundation Research Award at the 2016 annual Fall Awards ceremony on October 5. At the award ceremony, his experimental psychopathology research work on cognitive processes underlying anxiety problems was recognized. Dr. Lee has been working on… Read More

In the Media

UWM Psychology faculty have recently gained attention in the media. Dr. Karyn Frick earned an Alzheimer’s Association Research Grant to study potential sex differences in Alzheimer cases, a study which has caught the attention of the Milwaukee Courier. Dr. Ira Driscoll’s study showing that coffee may reduce women’s chance of developing dementia caught the attention of the University of New South Wales in Australia.

Dr Frick awarded an inaugural “Sex and Gender in Alzheimer’s” Research award from the Alzheimer’s Association

Dr. Frick was recently awarded one of nine inaugural “Sex and Gender in Alzheimer’s” research grants by the Alzheimer’s Association. Dr. Frick’s project is designed to examine how sex and estrogen treatment interact with the genetic risk factor apolipoprotein E… Read More

Amy Goetz published a new paper that examines different types of safety behaviors related to fear reduction.

Amy Goetz and her colleagues recently published a new paper in Clinical Psychology Review.  Goetz, A.R., Davine, T.P., Siwiec, S.G., & Lee, H.J. (in press). The functional value of preventive and restorative safety behaviors: A systematic review of the literature…. Read More

Adam Barnas published a new paper exploring the role of visual field meridians on object-based attention.

Barnas, AJ & Greenberg, AS (in press). Visual field meridians modulate the reallocation of object-based attention, Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics. Adam Barnas and Dr. Greenberg have a new manuscript accepted for publication in Attention, Perception, & Psychophysics in which they… Read More

Tara Miskovich published a new study in the journal PLOS One that examined abnormalities in cortical folding associated with trait anxiety.

Miskovich, T. A., Pedersen, W. S., Belleau, E. L., Shollenbarger, S., Lisdahl, K. M., & Larson, C. L. (2016). Cortical Gyrification Patterns Associated with Trait Anxiety. PloS one, 11(2), e0149434. Graduate student Tara Miskovich and Colleagues published a new study… Read More

Salahadin Lotfi received a Sigma Xi grant for a study on emotional working memory training of anxious individuals

Sala Lotfi, a grad student working with Dr. Hanjoo Lee, was recently awarded a grant-in-aid of research from the Sigma Xi, titled “Improving inhibitory control through emotional working memory training of anxious individuals”. This grant aims to cover the expenses… Read More

New Journal of Neuroscience paper by Dr. Frick and graduate student Jen Tuscher solves an old mystery in behavioral endocrinology

Researchers have known for two decades that the sex steroid hormone 17beta-estradiol alters the morphology of neurons in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex, parts of the brain necessary for memory formation that deteriorate in aging and Alzheimer’s disease. In particular,… Read More

Jaekyoon Kim published a new study on the role of G-protein-coupled Estrogen Receptor in female mice hippocampal memory.

G-protein-coupled Estrogen Receptor (GPER/GPR30): The Estrogen Receptor That Doesn’t Act Like an Estrogen Receptor / Kim J, Szinte JS, Boulware MI, Frick KM. 17β-Estradiol and Agonism of G-protein-Coupled Estrogen Receptor Enhance Hippocampal Memory via Different Cell-Signaling Mechanisms. J Neurosci. 2016… Read More