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Abhishek Saxena

Graduate Student
Entry Year: 2018-2019
Faculty Mentor(s): David Dodell-Feder

217 Meliora Hall
(585) 273-1762
Fax: (585) 273-1100
a.saxena@rochester.edu


Research Overview

My research uses clinical, behavioral, and neural methods to identify transdiagnostic markers of emotion and social cognition in community and psychiatric populations. More specifically, I am interested in identifying potential symptoms for intervention in peoples at-risk for or with severe psychopathology, including unipolar and bipolar disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Additionally, I am interested in how heterogeneity of symptomatology and individual differences, such as race, socioeconomic status, and gender, affect course of illness, daily functioning, and overall quality of life in psychiatric populations.

Selected Publications

Publications

  • Saxena, A., Luking, K. R., Barch, D. M., & Pagliaccio, D. (2017). Individual differences in hedonic capacity, depressed mood, and affective states predict emotional reactivity. Motivatin and Emotion, 41(3), 419-429. doi: 10.1007/s11031-017-9610-1

Presentations

  • Saxena, A., Dodell-Feder, D., Guty, E., Yi, H., Haut, K. M., Nahum, M., & Hooker, C. I. (2018, May). Changes in connectivity of neural networks in healthy adults following targeted social cognition training. Poster session presented at 5th Annual Society for Affective Science Conference. Los Angeles, CA.
  • Saxena, A., Haut, K. M., Nook, E. C., Dodell-Feder, D., Tully, L., Germine, L. T., & Hooker, C. I. (2017, September). Relationship between emotional granularity and functioning in psychosis in healthy adults. Poster session presented at 31st Annual Society for Research in Psychopathology Meeting. Denver, CO.
  • Iwanski, C. M., Pridgen, S. A., Keutmann, M. K., Haut, K. M., Lynch, J. I., Saxena, A., Rameshkumar, S., Hooker, C. I., & Herbener, E. S. (2017). Implicit and explicit theory of mind across the schizophrenia spectrum. Poster session presented at 31st Annual Society for Research in Psychopathology Meeting. Denver, CO.
  • Saxena, A., Dodell-Feder, D., Guty, E., Yin, H., Haut, K. M., Nahum, M., & Hooker, C. I. (2017, May). Effects of targeted social cognition training on behavioral and neural measures of emotion recognition in healthy adults reactivity. Poster session presented at 29th Annual Association for Psychological science Convention. Boston, MA.
  • Pridgen, S. A., Saxena, A., Haut, K. M., & Hooker, C. I. (2017, May). Beyond stigma benefits of providing structured feedback to clinical high risk individuals. Poster session presented at 29th Annual Association for Psychological science Convention. Boston, MA.
  • Haut, K. M., Saxena, A., Yin, H., Dodell-Feder, D., Lincoln, S. H., Keshavan, M., Seidman, L. J., Nahum, M., & Hooker, C. I. (2017, May). Functional neural network changes following cognitive training in individuals at risk for psychosis. Poster session presented at 29th Annual Association for Psychological science Convention. Boston, MA.
  • Schoeneman, S., E., Saxena, A., Guty, E., Dodell-Feder, D., Nahum, M., & Hooker, C. I.  (2017, May). Accurately identifying anger: A treatment target for schizophrenia. Poster session presented at the 29th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention. Boston, MA.
  • Saxena, A., Dodell-Feder, D., Guty, E., Yin, H., Haut, K. M., Nahum, M., & Hooker, C. I. (2017, April). Neuroplasticity in neural networks of emotion following targeted social cognition training. Poster session presented at 4th Annual Society for Affective Science Conference. Boston, MA.
  • Saxena, A., Guty, E., Dodell-Feder, D., Yin, H., Haut, K. M., Nahum, M., & Hooker, C. I. (2016, October). Effects of targeted social cognition training on behavioral and neural measures of emotion recognition in healthy adults. Poster session presented at 30th Annual Society for Research in Psychopathology Meeting. Baltimore, MD.
  • Saxena, A., Pagliaccio, D., Luking, K. R., & Barch, D. M. (2016, May). Effects of induced affective states on hedonic capacity, depressed mood, and emotional reactivity. Poster session presented at 28th Annual Association for Psychological Science Convention. Chicago, IL.

Honors

  • 2017: Distinguished Contribution Award - Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology (SSCP)
  • 2015: Psi Chi Unrestricted Travel Grant - Psi Chi International Honor Society in Psychology
  • 2015: Department of Psychology Undergraduate Research Award - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2015: Undergraduate Research Award for Conference Travel - Washington University, St. Louis, MO
  • 2014: Summer Undergraduate Research Award - Washington University, St. Louis, MO

Additional Information

  • 2016-2018: Research Coordinator, Social Neuroscience and Psychopathology Lab, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, Il.
  • 2015: Research Assistant I, Vanderbilt Early Psychosis Program, Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital, Nashville, TN.
  • 2015: A.B. Psychology (Conc: Experimental Psychopathology) & Creative Writing, Washington University, St. Louis, MO.