Katy N Thakkar, PhD
- Faculty, Training Faculty, Cognitive - Social
Assistant Professor, Psychology
Ph.D., 2012, Vanderbilt University
The goal of my research is to undestand the cognitive and biological mechanisms of psychotic disorders, with a focus on schizophrenia. I am particularly interested in how alterations in brain function are related to cognitive and social difficulties, psychotic symptoms (like hallucinations and delusions) and more generally to the subjective experience of individuals who have been diagnosed with psychotic disorders. In our group, we use a range of methods to answer these questions, including functional MRI, diffusion tensor MRI, magnetic responsance spectroscopy, eye tracking, and experimental psychology paradigms. A deeper understanding of symptoms and their mechanisms hold the promise to lead to more targeted and effective behavioral and pharmacological treatment options.