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David Dodell-Feder

  • Assistant Professor of Psychology

PhD, Harvard University, June 2017

453 Meliora Hall
(585) 275-2595

Office Hours: N/A


Research Overview

Professor Dodell-Feder will be accepting applications for graduate students for the 2020-2021 academic year.

The primary goal of Professor Dodell-Feder's research program is understanding the processes that contribute to healthy and disordered social functioning, and their improvement, with a particular focus on psychotic spectrum disorders. Professor Dodell-Feder utilizes a multimodal and multidisciplinary approach, including neuroimaging (e.g., task-based and resting-state fMRI) and behavioral methods (e.g., experience-sampling), as well as insights from cognitive, social, and relationship psychology, to address the following overarching questions:

  • What processes contribute to how we function in the social world?
  • In the case of disorders characterized by marked and persistent social difficulties, such as schizophrenia, what are the underlying pathophysiological mechanisms, and how do they contribute to illness risk, onset, and exacerbation?
  • How do we prevent and intervene on social difficulties and improve social functioning for clinical and non-clinical populations alike?
  • How do we best assess social cognition, social behavior, and intervention-related change in these areas?

Selected Publications

  • Dodell-Feder, D., Felix, S., Yung, M., & Hooker, C. I. (2016). Theory-of-mind-related neural activity for one's romantic partner predicts partner well-being. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(4), 593-603.
  • Tamir, D. I., Bricker, A. B., Dodell-Feder, D., & Mitchell, J. P. (2016). Reading fiction and reading minds: The role of simulation in the default network. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(2), 215-224.
  • Dodell-Feder, D., Tully, L. M., & Hooker, C. I. (2015). Social impairment in schizophrenia: New approaches for treating a persistent problem. Current Opinion in Psychiatry, 28(3), 236-242.
  • Hooker, C. I., Carol, E., Eisenstein, T. J., Yin, H., Lincoln, S. H., Tully, L. M., Dodell-Feder, D., Nahum, M., Keshavan, M., & Seidman, L. (2014). A pilot study of cognitive training in clinical high risk for psychosis: Initial evidence of cognitive benefit. Schizophrenia Research, 157, 314-316.
  • Dodell-Feder, D., DeLisi, L. E., & Hooker, C. I. (2014). The relationship between default mode network connectivity and social functioning in individuals at familial high-risk for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 156(1), 87-95.
  • Dodell-Feder, D., DeLisi, L. E., & Hooker, C. I. (2014). Neural disruption to theory of mind predicts daily social functioning in individuals at familial high-risk for schizophrenia. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 9(12), 1914-1925.
  • Dodell-Feder, D., Tully, L. M., Lincoln, S. H., & Hooker, C. I. (2014). The neural basis of theory of mind and its relationship to social functioning and social anhedonia in individuals with schizophrenia. NeuroImage: Clinical, 4, 154-163.
  • Dodell-Feder, D., Lincoln, S. H., Coulson, J. P., & Hooker, C. I. (2013). Using fiction to assess mental state understanding: A new task for assessing theory of mind in adults. PLoS ONE, 8(11), e81279.
  • Dodell-Feder, D., Koster-Hale, J., Bedny, M., & Saxe, R. (2011). fMRI item analysis in a theory of mind task. NeuroImage, 55(2), 705-712.