Abhishek Saxena

Abhishek Saxena
University of Rochester | UR · Department of Psychology

Master of Arts

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Introduction
Graduate Student of Dr. David Dodell-Feder at University of Rochester. Interested in using clinical, behavioral, and neural methods to identify transdiagnostic markers of emotion and social cognition in community and psychiatric populations. More specifically, I am interested in identifying potential symptoms for intervention in peoples at-risk for or with severe psychopathology, including unipolar and bipolar disorders and schizophrenia spectrum disorders. Additionally, I am interested in how heterogeneity of symptomatology and individual differences, such as race, socioeconomic status, and gender, affect course of illness, daily functioning, and overall quality of life in psychiatric populations.
Additional affiliations
August 2018 - July 2020
University of Rochester
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • Psychology of Gender, Social Neuroscience, Psychology of Human Sexuality
August 2018 - July 2020
University of Rochester
Position
  • PhD Student
Description
  • Social Cognition and Psychopathology Lab
January 2016 - June 2019
Rush University Medical Center
Position
  • Project Manager
Education
August 2018 - May 2023
University of Rochester
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
August 2011 - May 2015
Washington University in St. Louis
Field of study
  • Psychology (Conc. Experimental Psychopathology)

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Publications (28)
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Identifying factors that contribute to inter-individual differences in emotional reactivity is central to understanding the basic mechanisms that give rise to adaptive emotion reactivity and to disruptions that may occur in psychopathology. The current study related emotional reactivity in an unselected young adult sample (N = 101) to individual di...
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Outcomes for people with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (SSDs) are generally poor, making it important to understand risk states and illness transition. The network approach, which conceptualizes psychopathology as a network of causally interacting symptoms, may hold promise in this regard. Here, we present a network analysis of schizotypal perso...
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Theory of mind (ToM)—the ability to attribute and reason about the beliefs, intents, and emotions of others—is a vital component to successful social interaction. Deficits in ToM are a hallmark of some of the most debilitating mental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. A large body of research has demonstrated that these behavioral defic...
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Background: Approximately 17% of early adolescents experience psychotic-like experiences (PLE). While for many PLE will resolve themselves, for others PLE are signs of future psychopathology. One predictor of PLE is social victimization (SV), which includes bullying and discrimination. Evidence suggests that SV may impact PLE by altering neural net...
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Schizophrenia (SZ) is a debilitating and complex disorder. One often overlooked symptom is marked and persistent difficulties with social information processing. Increasing work has shown that these deficits can be attributed to abnormalities in the network of brain regions supporting mental state attribution, known as the theory of mind (ToM) netw...
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Theory of mind (ToM)—the ability to attribute and reason about the beliefs, intents, and emotions of others—is a vital component to successful social interaction. Deficits in ToM are a hallmark of some of the most debilitating mental disorders, including autism and schizophrenia. A large body of research has demonstrated that these behavioral defic...
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Social anhedonia (SA) is a pernicious symptom observed across schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (SSDs). While in-the-moment social pleasure experiences are intact in SSDs, anticipatory pleasure experiences may be disrupted. Thus, the ability to predict future affect in social situations, or social affective forecasting (SAF), may play a role in SA....
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Urban living is a growing worldwide phenomenon with more than two-thirds of people expected to live in cities by 2050. Although there are many benefits to living in an urban environment, urbanicity has also been associated with deleterious health outcomes, including increased risk for psychotic outcomes particularly when the urban exposure occurs i...
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demonstrated that sexual minority status increased risk for psychosis outcomes, and that this elevated risk was seen for both males and females of sexual minority status. Risk was also heightened across the sexual minority spectrum. Effects did not vary because of sexual orientation definition, psychosis outcome, sample population, or country of st...
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Urban living is a growing worldwide phenomenon with more than two-thirds of people expected to live in cities by 2050. Although there are many benefits to living in an urban environment, urbanicity has also been associated with deleterious health outcomes, including increased risk for psychotic outcomes particularly when the urban exposure occurs i...
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Adolescent psychotic-like experiences (PLE) are linked to the increased likelihood of later psychopathology making it important to identify experiences that increase the risk for PLE. Both experiences of social victimization and atypical neural activity have been independently associated with PLE. However, few studies have examined the relationship...
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Long-term outcomes for individuals with a schizophrenia spectrum disorders (SSDs) are generally poor, making it critical to identify risk factors for the illness and its antecedents (i.e., psychotic-like experiences; PLE). Research on environmental risk factors for SSDs have identified a wide-ranging set of individual- and area-level variables. How...
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Theory of mind (ToM) - the ability to infer the mental states of others - is foundational for our ability to successfully navigate the social world. When impaired, our social lives are negatively impacted. Indeed, ToM and its neural basis is impaired in psychiatric disorders involving social functioning deficits, most notably, schizophrenia. Due to...
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Individuals at clinical high risk for psychosis (CHR) experience attenuated psychotic-like experiences, which are traditionally identified using thorough clinical interviews. Without screening, these time-intensive interviews may result in a low hit rate. Thus, several tools, including the Prodromal Questionnaire—Brief (PQ-B), have been created to...
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Outcomes for people with schizophrenia-spectrum disorders (SSDs) are generally poor making it important to understand risk states and illness transition. The network approach, which conceptualizes psychopathology as a network of causally interacting symptoms, may hold promise in this regard. Here, we present a network analysis of schizotypy—the per...
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Emotional Granularity (EG; aka Emotional Differentiation) is the ability to differentiate emotion states. Poor EG has been linked to a variety of psychiatric illnesses, including depression, borderline personality disorder, and substance use. Kimhy et al (2014) found that EG was relatively intact in Schizophrenia but affected social functioning. Pr...
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Computer-based targeted cognitive training (TCT) shows promise as a tool to improve cognitive skills by stimulating learning-induced neuroplasticity in regions specific to the trained processes. The current study investigated whether SocialVille, a computerized social cognition training program from PositScience Corporation, could improve social co...
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Background: Research has shown that people who develop a psychotic disorder display observable decreases in cognitive abilities even before they begin to display overt symptoms of psychosis. Thus research has shown an increased interest in targeted cognitive training (TCT) as possible technique to deter or even stop cognitive deterioration in psych...
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Background: Deficits in social cognition are prominent features of schizophrenia that play a large role in functional impairments and disability. Performance deficits in these domains are associated with altered activity in functional networks, including those that support social cognitive abilities such as emotion recognition. These social cogniti...
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Research has shown an increased interest in targeted cognitive training (TCT) as a technique to deter and possibly stop cognitive deterioration in psychiatric disorders, such as schizophrenia. Although TCT has shown promising improvements in certain cognitive deficits, TCT research has largely ignored social cognition training. The current study in...
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Investigating the effect of state affect on the relationship between depressive symptomatology and emotional reactivity, this study used novel film clips to induce positive, negative, and neutral moods in an unselected community population. Results indicated that all manipulations changed the relationship between depressive symptomatology and emoti...
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is often characterized by impaired emotional functioning, which can vary drastically based on the cluster of symptoms exhibited and symptom severity. This study examined the relationship between the two gateway symptoms for diagnosis of MDD, anhedonia and depressed mood, and emotional reactivity within a large non-cl...
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is often characterized by impaired emotional functioning, which can vary drastically based on the cluster of symptoms exhibited and symptom severity. This study examined the relationship between the two gateway symptoms for diagnosis of MDD, anhedonia and depressed mood, and emotional reactivity within a large non-cl...
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is an extremely disabling disease that affects physiological, cognitive, and emotional functioning. The literature has been conflicted regarding the relationship between MDD and emotional responsivity, particularly to negative stimuli. However, in prior work, we showed that individual differences in MDD’s gateway sym...
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Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) is an extremely debilitating disorder with respect to physical, psychological, and emotional functioning. However, impairment in people with MDD may vary drastically based on the cluster of symptoms that people exhibit and the severity of those symptoms. The present study examines the relationship between the two gat...

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Examining individual differences in the psychometric properties of psychopathology measures.
Project
Psychopathology can be conceptualized as a network of causally interacting symptoms. Determining the relationship between dimensional symptoms within and between psychopathologies may provide insight into how psychopathology arises and persists and may identify transdiagnostic symptoms for targeted treatment.
Archived project
The aim of this project is to examine the relationship of emotional reactivity and continuous measures of individual differences. More specifically, we aim to identify personality and sub-clinical characteristics that may affect reactivity to emotional stimuli, as well as the ability to regulate emotional processes in the presence of new affective stimuli.