Emily Stern, PhD
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Psychiatry
- ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR | Neuroscience
Research Topics:Brain Imaging, Cognitive Neuroscience, Depression
- Functional neuroimaging in OCD and related disorders
- Network connectivity in psychiatric disorders
- Sensory processing in psychiatric disorders
- Decision-making in anxiety
Multi-Disciplinary Training AreasClinical Research Education Program [CLR], Neuroscience [NEU]
PhD, Columbia University
Post-doctoral, University of Michigan
- Behavioral and fMRI studies of cognition in healthy individuals and patients with anxiety
The current research study is designed to learn more about how cognition works in individuals with anxiety disorders, specifically Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD). This study uses neuroimaging techniques (fMRI) to examine the neural mechanisms underlying switching at...
- Neurobiology of sensory phenomena in obsessive-compulsive disorder
This study is investigating the neurobiological mechanisms of sensory phenomena symptoms in patients with obsessive-compulsive disorder and their siblings using task-based fMRI, resting-state functional connectivity, and diffusion MRI approaches. Sensory phenomena are uncomfor...
- Cognitive processes related to anxious and compulsive traits
The current research study is designed to look at cognitive processes related to decision making in individuals with anxious and compulsive traits. Specifically, participants will be asked to perform two gambling tasks. The experiment lasts between 1.5-2 hours, and...
- Effects of ondansetron in obsessive-compulsive and tic disorders
The purpose of this study is to examine the effects of a single dose of the drug ondansetron as compared to placebo on neural functioning in OCD and tics patients using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Ondansetron is a serotonin antagonist that is FDA approved to ...
Ely B, Xu J, Goodman WK, Lapidus KA, Gabbay V, Stern ER. Resting-State Functional Connectivity of the Human Habenula in Healthy Individuals: Associations with Subclinical Depression. Human Brain Mapping; in press.
Magioncalda P, Martino M, Ely B, Inglese M, Stern ER. Microstructural white matter abnormalities and their relationship with cognitive dysfunction in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Brain and Behavior 2016; Epub ahead of print.
Sip KE, Muratore AF, Stern ER. Effects of context on risk taking and decision times in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of psychiatric research 2016 Jan; 75: 82-90.
Grimaldi S, Stern ER. Sensory processing in obsessive-compulsive disorder. . Obsessive-compulsive Disorder: Phenomenology, Pathophysiology, and Treatment. in press C. Pittenger (ed.).
Stern ER, Muratore AF, Taylor SF, Abelson JL, Hof PR, Goodman WK. The Persistence of Experience: Prior Attentional and Emotional State Affects Network Functioning in a Target Detection Task. Cerebral cortex 2015; 25(9): 3235-48.
Stern ER, Taylor SF. Cognitive neuroscience of obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Psychiatric clinics of North America 2014 37(2) 37(3):337-352.
Stern ER. Neural circuitry of interoception: New insights into anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. Current Treatment Options in Psychiatry 2014 1(3) 1(3):235-247.
Lapidus KA, Stern ER, Berlin HA, Goodman WK. Neuromodulation for obsessive-compulsive disorder. Neurotherapeutics 2014; 11(3): 485-495.
Henderson SE, Vallejo AI, Ely BA, Kang G, Krain Roy A, Pine DS, Stern ER, Gabbay V. The neural correlates of emotional face-processing in adolescent depression: a dimensional approach focusing on anhedonia and illness severity. Psychiatry research 2014; 224(3): 234-41.
Stern ER, Gonzalez R, Welsh RC, Taylor SF. Medial frontal cortex and anterior insula are less sensitive to outcome predictability when monetary stakes are higher. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 2014; 9(10): 1625-1631.
Fitzgerald KD, Liu Y, Stern ER, Welsh RC, Hanna GL, Monk CS, Phan KL, Taylor SF. Reduced error-related activation of dorsolateral prefrontal cortex across pediatric anxiety disorders. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2013; 52(11): 1183-1191.
Lapidus K, Stern ER, Berlin HA, Goodman WK. Functional neuroimaging and models for OCD and OC spectrum disorders. Obsessive-compulsive disorder and its spectrum: A life-span approach. 2013 Storch & McKay (eds).
Perkins SC, Welsh RC, Stern ER, Taylor SF, Fitzgerald KD. Topographic analysis of the development of individual activation patterns during performance monitoring in medial frontal cortex. Developmental cognitive neuroscience 2013 Sep; 6: 137-48.
Stern ER, Welsh RC, Gonzalez R, Fitzgerald KD, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Subjective uncertainty and limbic hyperactivation in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Human Brain Mapping 2013; 34(8): 1956-1970.
Stern ER, Fitzgerald KD, Welsh RC, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Resting-State Functional Connectivity between Fronto-Parietal and Default Mode Networks in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. PloS one 2012; 7(5): e36356.
Stern ER, Welsh RC, Fitzgerald KD, Gehring WJ, Lister JJ, Himle JA, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Hyperactive error responses and altered connectivity in ventromedial and frontoinsular cortices in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Biological psychiatry 2011 Mar; 69(6): 583-591.
Fitzgerald KD, Welsh RC, Stern ER, Angstadt M, Hanna GL, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Developmental alterations of frontal-striatal-thalamic connectivity in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2011 Sep; 50(9): 938-948.
Stern ER, Gonzalez R, Welsh RC, Taylor SF. Updating beliefs for a decision: neural correlates of uncertainty and underconfidence. The Journal of neuroscience 2010 Jun; 30(23): 8032-8041.
Fitzgerald KD, Stern ER, Angstadt M, Nicholson-Muth KC, Maynor MR, Welsh RC, Hanna GL, Taylor SF. Altered function and connectivity of the medial frontal cortex in pediatric obsessive-compulsive disorder. Biological psychiatry 2010 Dec; 68(11): 1039-1047.
Stern ER, Liu Y, Gehring WJ, Lister JJ, Yin G, Zhang J, Fitzgerald KD, Himle JA, Abelson JL, Taylor SF. Chronic medication does not affect hyperactive error responses in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychophysiology 2010 Sep; 47(5): 913-920.
Fitzgerald KD, Perkins SC, Angstadt M, Johnson T, Stern ER, Welsh RC, Taylor SF. The development of performance-monitoring function in the posterior medial frontal cortex. NeuroImage 2010 Feb; 49(4): 3463-3473.
Stern ER, Welsh RC, Fitzgerald KD, Taylor SF. Topographic analysis of individual activation patterns in medial frontal cortex in schizophrenia. Human brain mapping 2009 Jul; 30(7): 2146-2156.
Stern ER, Blair C, Peterson BS. Inhibitory deficits in Tourette's syndrome. Developmental psychobiology 2008 Jan; 50(1): 9-18.
Taylor SF, Stern ER, Gehring WJ. Neural systems for error monitoring: recent findings and theoretical perspectives. The Neuroscientist 2007 Apr; 13(2): 160-172.
Stern ER, Wager TD, Egner T, Hirsch J, Mangels JA. Preparatory neural activity predicts performance on a conflict task. Brain research 2007 Oct; 1176: 92-102.
Stern ER, Mangels JA. An electrophysiological investigation of preparatory attentional control in a spatial Stroop task. Journal of cognitive neuroscience 2006 Jun; 18(6): 1004-1017.
Stern ER, Horvitz JC, Côté LJ, Mangels JA. Maintenance of response readiness in patients with Parkinson's disease: evidence from a simple reaction time task. Neuropsychology 2005 Jan; 19(1): 54-65.
Stern ER, Rotello CM. Memory characteristics of recently imagined events and real events experienced previously. The American journal of psychology 2000; 113(4): 569-590.