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Shackman, Alexander

Shackman, Alexander

Associate Professor
College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
Brain and Behavior Institute
3123G Biology-Psychology Building

Dr. Shackman received his Ph.D. in Biological Psychology with a distributed minor in Neuroscience from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2008. He subsequently conducted postdoctoral research in the laboratories of Richard Davidson, Brad Postle, and Ned Kalin in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry at Wisconsin. He serves as an Associate or Consulting Editor at Emotion; Cognition and Emotion; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; and Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience (CABN). Dr. Shackman joined the faculty at UMD in the summer of 2013.

  • Mechanisms that contribute to the development of anxiety and mood disorders in adults and youth
  • Identification of the neural basis of individual differences in anxious temperament, behavioral inhibition, and negative emotionality
  • Risk for the development of anxiety disorders, depression, and co-morbid substance abuse
  • Multimodal brain imaging (MRI, PET)
  • Acute pharmacological manipulations
  • Peripheral physiological measures
  • Eye-tracking
  • Ecological momentary assessment (EMA)
  • Behavioral assays

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