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Dr. Suzanne Vrshek-Schallhorn 
University of North Carolina-Greensboro

About the Donald F. Klein Investigator Award
This award honors an early career investigator for the best original research paper on neurobiology, psychopharmacology, psychosocial treatments, or experimental psychopathology of anxiety disorders and depression. Click here to learn more.

About Dr. Vrshek-Schallhorn
Dr. Vrshek-Schallhorn completed undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Biology at Florida State University in 2002, followed by a PhD in Clinical Psychology at the University of Minnesota in 2008. She then completed five years of postdoctoral training in the Department of Psychology at Northwestern University. Dr. Vrshek-Schallhorn was appointed as an Assistant Professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 2013. She has been supported by a National Science Foundation predoctoral research fellowship, a National Institutes of Health postdoctoral NRSA fellowship, a Brain and Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator NARSAD grant, and internal funding from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG). Dr. Vrshek-Schallhorn's research examines pathways from stress to depression through such lenses as gene-environment interactions and cortisol in daily life and the lab. It emphasizes the importance of objective stressor measurement, interpersonal stress, and additive genetic risk. She is grateful to her former research mentors, Drs. Monica Luciana, Susan Mineka, Richard Zinbarg, and Emma K. Adam, and key collaborator Dr. Catherine B. Stroud. Dr. Vrshek-Schallhorn thanks her four current UNCG graduate students Brad Avery, Vaibhav Sapuram, Maria Ditcheva, and Gail Corneau for keeping research fun. She thanks her husband and two kids for enriching her life. 

A special thank you to our Klein Award reviewers, ADAA members Naomi Simon, MD, Msc and Charles B. Nemeroff, MD, PhD