School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Amy E. Pinkham

Associate Professor

Research Interests

The characteristics, neural basis, and behavioral consequences of social cognitive impairment in schizophrenia.

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-4462
Office: GR_4.214
Campus Mail Code: GR41
Website: The Schizophrenia and Social Cognition Lab

Biography

Dr. Amy Pinkham’s research uses functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and behavioral techniques to examine how the human brain processes social information, how these neural systems may be disturbed in schizophrenia and related disorders, and the behavioral consequences of these impairments. Her most recent work has focused on evaluating the psychometric properties of the best existing measures of social cognition in order to identify a battery of tasks that is suitable for use in clinical treatment trials. From the imaging side, her most recent work has supported the hypothesis that increased activation of the amygdala may serve as a mechanism for paranoid ideation. Dr. Pinkham’s work has demonstrated that social cognition is an important contributor to functional outcome and that abnormal activation of the brain regions linked to processing social stimuli may contribute to impaired social cognition in schizophrenia and related disorders. She received her bachelor’s degree from Texas A&M University and her master’s and doctoral degrees from the University of North Carolina.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Pinkham, A. E., Penn, D. L., Green, M. F., & Harvey, P. D. (2016). Social Cognition Psychometric Evaluation (SCOPE): Results of the initial psychometric study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 42 494-504.

Pinkham, A. E., Harvey, P. D., & Penn, D. L. (2016). Paranoid individuals with schizophrenia show greater social cognitive bias and worse social functioning than non-paranoid individuals with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research: Cognition, 3, 33-38.

Pinkham, A. E., Liu, P., Lu, H., Kriegsman, M., Simpson, C., & Tamminga, C. (2015). Amygdala hyperactivity at rest in paranoid individuals with schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172, 784-92.

Harvey, P. D. & Pinkham, A. E. (2015). Impaired self-assessment in schizophrenia: Why patients misjudge their cognition and functioning. Current Psychiatry, 14(4), 53-59.