Dr. Katie Burkhouse
UIC's Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic
About the Award Winner
Dr. Burkhouse is an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and a Clinical Psychologist affiliated with UIC’s Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic. She received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Binghamton University (SUNY) and completed her Clinical Internship at UIC. Her program of research broadly focuses on identifying behavioral-brain risk phenotypes and preventive interventions for youth depressive disorders. Much of Dr. Burkhouse's work has focused on utilizing multiple levels of analysis (i.e., behavioral, EEG, pupil dilation, fMRI) to identify cognitive-affective processing styles involved in the intergenerational transmission of depression. As part of a NIMH K23 award, she is exploring whether deficits in social-emotional and motivational processing at the neural level are direct familial mechanisms implicated in the transmission of depression from mothers to their daughters. A second focus of her research involves applying this mechanism-based work to prevention efforts for youth at high risk for depression. For example, in a project funded by the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation Fellowship in Depression, she is examining whether event-related potentials can be altered through a targeted preventive intervention and be utilized to predict which offspring of depressed parents will respond to the intervention. The ultimate goal of this work is to improve the identification and prevention of internalizing disorders in children and adolescents.
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.