I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, a member of the executive board for the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) Program, a core faculty member of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center, and the Director of the Affective and Translational Neuroscience Laboratory at the University of Maryland. My research program is supported by awards from UMD, NIMH (R01-MH107444), and NIDA (R21-DA040717) and has appeared in PNAS, Molecular Psychiatry, Nature Reviews Neuroscience, J Neuroscience, Psychological Bulletin, and Psychological Science. I am Co-Editor of The Nature of Emotion (Oxford University Press, forthcoming); serve as an Associate or Consulting Editor several journals (Emotion; Cognition & Emotion; Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience; and co-edited several special issues focused on the neurobiology of emotion and emotion-cognition interactions. My program of research highlights the importance of circuits centered on the extended amygdala and mid-cingulate cortex (MCC) for trait-like individual differences in dispositional negativity, one of the most prominent risk factors for the development of anxiety disorders, depression, and co-morbid substance abuse. This is particularly important because these disorders are highly prevalent, frequently debilitating, and often treatment-resistant. From a translational perspective, my work has identified novel intermediate phenotypes and sets the stage for accelerating the development of more effective, personalized, and neurobiologically-grounded prevention and treatment strategies. From a basic psychological science perspective, my work begins to address fundamental questions about the origins of childhood temperament and adult personality—questions that cannot readily be addressed using traditional behavioral or psychometric data.
Dr. Shackman is accepting graduate student applications (Fall 2018). Although you are welcome to apply via the Clinical area group in the Department of Psychology or the Neuroscience and Cognitive Science (NACS) training program, we strongly prefer NACS applications.
- PhD Biological Psychology, University of Wisconsin-Madison (2008)
- Cognitive and Neural Systems (CNS)
Department of Psychology