Alessandra Passarotti

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    College: Medicine Department: Psychiatry
    Title: Assistant Professor
    Office: IJR, #274 Phone: 312-355-0109
    Participating in the Chancellor’s Undergraduate Research Awards program: Yes

    Research Interest:
    Dr. Passarotti uses a cognitive neuroscience approach and fMRI methods to examine the neurobiological mechanisms of cognitive and affective dysfunction in pediatric mental illness. She is working both with healthy and clinical developmental populations such as children with Bipolar disorder and ADHD. She is head of the Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience Lab at the Institute for Juvenile Research at UIC. Her current projects examine impulsivity, cognitive control and reward processes, as they relate to affect processing, executive functions, learning and substance abuse, in adolescents with Bipolar Disorder and adolescents with ADHD. She is also studying the potential of cognitive remediation as a tool to address some of the attention and working memory problems in bipolar disorder and ADHD

    Minimum time commitment in hours per week: 3

    Qualifications of a Student:
    background in cognitive neuroscience and cognitive/clinical psychology preferred

    honors students or high GPA preferred

    excellent knowledge of excel and statistics is necessary

    interest in adolescents and in brain imaging research

    Brief Summary of what is expected from the student:
    The student will participate in current research projects, participant testing and data management and analyses, as well as lab meetings and research-related mtgs. For excellent students who perform well in the lab there are also opportunities to be co-authors on posters and articles.

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