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Ph.D. from the University of Chicago

Research Interests

Wendy Heller is Professor of Psychology in the Clinical/Community Division, former Director of Clinical Training and Department Head in the Psychology Department, and a part-time Beckman Institute faculty member in the Cognitive Neuroscience Group. As of 2014 she was appointed Provost Fellow with a special focus on campus diversity. She holds a B.A. in Spanish and Psychology with Honors from the University of Pennsylvania and an M.A. and Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Chicago. Her research investigates the neural mechanisms associated with emotion-cognition interactions and their implications for psychopathology. She is particularly interested in examining cognitive and emotional risk factors associated with the development or maintenance of anxiety and depression. She uses behavioral and neuroimaging methods such as neuropsychological task performance, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and event-related potentials (ERPs).  She draws on psychological theories to model how fundamental emotion and personality constructs can be mapped onto brain systems to clarify the neural mechanisms of emotion and psychopathology. In turn, the neuropsychological  and neuroimaging findings are used to inform psychological theories of emotion and psychopathology. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Office Address

715 Psychology Bldg.
603 E. Daniel Street
M/C 716
Champaign, IL 61820

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Research Output 1981 2019

Effective Connectivity Between Broca’s Area and Amygdala as a Mechanism of Top-Down Control in Worry

Guha, A., Spielberg, J. M., Lake, J., Popov, T., Heller, W., Yee, C. M. & Miller, G. A., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Clinical Psychological Science.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Magnetic Resonance Imaging

Extreme-Groups Designs in Studies of Dimensional Phenomena: Advantages, Caveats, and Recommendations

Fisher, J. E., Guha, A., Heller, W. & Miller, G. A., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Journal of abnormal psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

National Institute of Mental Health (U.S.)
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Inhibitory control of emotional processing: Theoretical and empirical considerations

Bartholomew, M. E., Heller, W. & Miller, G. A., Jan 1 2019, In : International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

Inhibition (Psychology)

Reconfiguration of brain networks supporting inhibition of emotional challenge

Bartholomew, M. E., Yee, C. M., Heller, W., Miller, G. A. & Spielberg, J. M., Feb 1 2019, In : NeuroImage. 186, p. 350-357 8 p.

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Prefrontal Cortex

Repetitive Negative Thought and Executive Dysfunction: An Interactive Pathway to Emotional Distress

Madian, N., Bredemeier, K., Heller, W., Miller, G. A. & Warren, S. L., Apr 1 2019, In : Cognitive Therapy and Research. 43, 2, p. 464-480 17 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Executive Function
Anxiety Disorders