Notable Achievements

February 2021: Katie Pierce matched to the Friends Hospital Predoctoral Internship program and Arielle Ered matched to the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Psychosis Track psychology internship. They will begin their internships in July 2021.

January 2021: Riley Capizzi defended his predissertation, “Frequently endorsed questions on the Prodromal Questionnaire in a non-clinical sample.”

September 2020: Lauren Ellman was awarded a subcontract on the NIMH funded 5-year U01 grant (U01 MH124639) entitled “ProNET: Psychosis-Risk Outcomes Network” (PI: Scott Woods at Yale University). Other key personnel include co-investigators Carrie E. Bearden at UCLA and John M. Kane at Zucker School of Medicine.

September 2020: Stephanie Korenic defended her predissertation, “Social Functioning, Sleep Quality, and Psychotic-Like Experiences.”

August 2020: Arielle Ered defended her preliminary exam paper entitled “White matter dysfunction in the psychosis spectrum: The roles of stress, trauma, and inflammation,” and her dissertation proposal, “The Impact of Stress and Trauma on Psychotic-like Experiences and White Matter Integrity.” Katie Pierce defended her preliminary exam paper, “Developmental Risk Factors of Negative Symptoms,” and her dissertation proposal, “Factors Contributing to the Consistency of Self and Observer Report of Negative Symptoms.”

June 2020: Emily Lipner defended her predissertation entitled “Prenatal maternal inflammation predicts adolescent depressive symptoms via psychiatric symptoms in childhood: Timing and sex matter.”

April 2020: Lauren Ellman (PI) received NIMH funding for a 5-year R01 grant (R01MH120091) entitled “CAPER: Computerized Assessment of Psychosis Risk.” This study is in collaboration with Vijay Mittal Northwestern University, Scott Woods and Phil Corlett at Yale University, Greg Strauss at University of Georgia, and James Gold at University of Maryland.

March 2020: Stephanie Korenic received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) award. This award recognizes outstanding graduate students engaged in math and sciences research. From the NSF GRFP website: past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.

September 2019: Gina Creatura defended her predissertation entitled “The Relationship between Sleep, Dissociation, and Psychotic-Like Experiences” at Temple University’s Research Day.

2019: Arielle Ered received a National Research Service Award (NRSA F31) grant through NIMH, entitled, “The Impact of Stress and Trauma on White Matter Integrity and Psychotic-like Experiences.” This award enables predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.

2019: Lauren Ellman (PI) received NIMH funding for a 5-year R01 grant. This study is in collaboration with Ann Kring at UC Berkeley and Barbara Cohn at Child Health and Development Studies as Sub Award PIs. Other key personnel include co-investigators Thomas Olino, Ingrid Olson, Lauren Alloy at Temple University, and Mark D’Esposito at UC Berkeley.

2019: Charlotte Chun received the 2019 UNCG Outstanding Dissertation Award for her dissertation entitled, “A Meta-Analysis of Context Integration Deficits Across the Schizotypy Spectrum.”

2017: Lauren Ellman was awarded a subcontract on the study, “Linking Neighborhood and Individual ACEs to Breast Cancer,” a grant funded by the California Breast Cancer Research Program (Grant #: 23UB-9452, PI: Barbara A. Cohn at Child Health and Development Studies).

September 2017: Lauren Ellman received NIMH funding for a 5-year R01 grant (R01MH112613) entitled “1/3 Psychosis risk screening: A multi-site instrument development study.” This study is one-third of a multi-site, multiple PI collaboration — with Vijay Mittal at Northwestern University and Jason Schiffman at UMBC — on which Lauren Ellman is the coordinating PI.

May 2017: Pantelis Solomides received Temple University’s Diamond Award.

May 2017: Evan Calvo was selected for Temple University’s Diamond Research Scholars Program for his research proposal entitled, “Impulsivity, substance use, and psychotic-like experiences in a non-clinical population.”

April 2017: Arielle Ered and Shannon Murphy received Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which recognizes outstanding graduate students engaged in math and sciences research.

February 2017: Shanna Cooper matched to the UCSD/VA Psychology Internship Training Program, which she will begin in August 2017.

Fall 2016: Shanna Cooper received a Temple University Graduate Student Fellowship.

February 2016: Shanna Cooper received Honorable Mention from APA for her Basic Psychological Science Research Grant.

July 2015: Lauren Gibson was selected for the Division 18 Outstanding Student Award, which recognizes graduate students whose careers reflect excellence in the area of public service.

June 2015: Lauren Gibson and Shanna Cooper were selected to share the 2015 Weinstein Graduate Student Summer Research Award, which is funded by the Civic Foundation.

April 2015: Shannon Murphy received Honorable Mention from the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program, which recognizes outstanding graduate students engaged in math and sciences research.

February 2015: Anna Fineberg matched to her first choice internship program and will be completing her clinical psychology internship year at the Philadelphia VA Medical Center.

January 2015: Lauren Reeves received a National Research Service Award (NRSA F31) grant through the National Institute on Drug Abuse, entitled, “Cannabis use and attenuated psychotic symptoms.” This award enables predoctoral students to obtain individualized, mentored research training while conducting dissertation research.

November 2013: Anna Fineberg received the 1st annual Philip J. Bersh Memorial Student Award for her manuscript “Decreased birth weight in psychosis: Influence of prenatal exposure to serologically determined influenza and hypoxia.” This award recognizes the best paper written by a student in Temple’s Department of Psychology during the past year.

March 2013: Undergraduate research assistant Samantha Stella was selected for the Diamond Research Scholars Program for her research proposal entitled, “Emotional Dysregulation and Risk for Psychosis.” This program allows Temple undergraduates to develop, conduct and present a research project under the direction of a faculty mentor at the university.

Spring 2012: Undergraduate research assistant Rebecca Wolfe received the Diamond Award, “the highest recognition by Student affairs given to a Temple Undergraduate student,” for her research achievements, academic excellence and leadership in the University community.

March 2012: Anna Fineberg received a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship Program (NSF GRFP) award. This award recognizes outstanding graduate students engaged in math and sciences research. From the NSF GRFP website: past fellows include numerous Nobel Prize winners, U.S. Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, Google founder, Sergey Brin and Freakonomics co-author, Steven Levitt.

Ellman Lab in the Media

June 28, 2012: Dr. Ellman was interviewed by Lynn Pasquerella on WAMC Academic Minute (Northeast Public Radio) about maternal influenza infection during pregnancy and risk for offspring schizophrenia

February 22, 2012: Dr. Ellman was quoted in a Philadelphia Inquirer article, “The parasite Toxo may attack you through your cat,” about toxoplasmosis infection during pregnancy and risk for offspring schizophrenia

August 17, 2010: United Press International article, “Infection reaction linked to schizophrenia,” reported on Dr. Ellman’s research findings on the association between the maternal immune response to infection during pregnancy and risk for offspring schizophrenia

August 16, 2010: WHYY online article, “New research investigates link between infections and schizophrenia” reported on Dr. Ellman’s research findings on the association between the maternal immune response to infection during pregnancy and risk for offspring schizophrenia.

August 12, 2010: ScienceDaily article, “Immune responses during pregnancy linked to schizophrenia among offspring” republished the August 10, 2010 piece from Temple Review on Dr. Ellman’s research.

August 10, 2010: The Temple Review profiled Dr. Ellman’s research on the maternal immune response to infection during pregnancy and risk for offspring schizophrenia in the article, “Psychologist Links Immune Responses During Pregnancy to Schizophrenia”.