Interaction between mood and learning
This project studies the effects of mood on learning and decision making. Participants with or without mood disorders complete a behavioral task that measures the strength of the effect of mood on reward-based learning.

Depression and decision making
This project studies the effects of symptoms of depression on decision making. Participants with or without depression complete a behavioral task that measures individual preferences for engaging in cognitive and physical tasks to obtain reward. This study is supported by ‘The New Jersey Alliance for Clinical Translational Science Pilot Project Grant Program, Translational and Clinical Sciences Award’. This project has also added an imaging component involving neuromelanin in patients with major depressive disorder. This component of the study is funded by the New Jersey Health Foundation.

Working memory dynamics in schizophrenia
Our research study’s aim is to better understand different aspects of working memory function in people with and without schizophrenia.

Psychosis risk development throughout development
The purpose of this research is to examine cognitive, clinical and biological factors that contribute to risk for psychosis throughout development for children and adolescents who are and are not at risk.

Alcohol use and decision making
This project examines contextual-modulation of value learning in the lab and in the wild in people with high and low levels of alcohol use.

Proteins and genetic markers associated with schizophrenia in cheek cells
The purpose of the research is to determine the relationship among genes, proteins associated with schizophrenia, cognitive function, and clinical symptoms.

Spontaneous thinking in mood and anxiety disorders
We are studying patterns in thought generation in those with and without depression/ bipolar disorder/anxiety. We are studying patterns in thought generation in order to understand how thoughts can change across mood states over time.

Memory and perception in schizophrenia
The purpose of the research is to understand memory and time perception in individuals with or without schizophrenia.

Decision-making and mental health
This study aims to investigate how various aspects of decision-making differ in those with schizophrenia and those without, including how people learn and integrate new information from their environment and from interpersonal interactions.