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Amanda Rodrigue

Undergraduate: B.A., Psychology (Summa Cum Laude, University Honors), Loyola University

Graduate: M.S., Experimental Psychology, University of Louisiana at Lafayette

In Progress: Ph.D. Brain and Behavior Sciences, Psychology Department, University of Georgia: Athens, GA

Current research interests: My primary interest is the neural and genetic basis of psychosis.  I am specifically interested in genes related to prefrontal function and their effect on neuroimaging measures in healthy  and psychosis populations.  Currently, I am evaluating the effects of genes governing g-protein and non g-protein mediated pathways on prefrontal cortex structure, function, and connectivity as measured by fMRI in healthy individuals and individuals with schizophrenia.

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Rodrigue, A., Austin, B., Chi, L., Pierce, J., Krafft, C., Li, Q., Dyckman, K., and  McDowell, J. (in prep). Brain activation differences in schizophrenia during context dependent processing of saccade tasks.

Rodrigue, A., Austin, B., Clementz, B., and  McDowell, J. (in prep). Practice induced changes in prefrontal cortex connectivity in schizophrenia.

Pierce, J., Krafft, C., Rodrigue, A., Bobilev, A., Lauderdale, J., & McDowell, J. (2014). Intrinsic functional connectivity networks in individuals with aniridia. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8:1013.

Schaeffer, D., Krafft, C., Schwarz, N., Chi, L., Rodrigue, A., Pierce, J., Allison, J., Yanasak, N., Liu, T., Davis, C., & McDowell, J. (2014). An 8-month exercise intervention alters uncinate fasciculus white matter anisotropy in overweight children. Psychophysiology, 51(8), 728-733.

Krafft, C., Schwarz, N., Chi, L., Li, Q., Schaeffer, D., Rodrigue, A., Pierce, J., Dykman, K., & McDowell, J. (2012). The location and function of parietal cortex supporting of reflexive and volitional saccades, a meta-analysis of over a decade of functional MRI data. In Parietal Cortex: Anatomy, Functions and Disorders. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Rodrigue, A. & Perkins, D. (2012). Divergent thinking abilities across the schizophrenic spectrum. Creativity Research Journal, 24(2-3), 163-168


2015- UGA Franklin College-University of Liverpool Doctoral Student Short-Term International Research Fellowship

2014- UGA Psychology Department Marsh Mentoring Award

2013- Ford Fellowship Honorable Mention

2013- Bursary to attend  Wellcome Trust workshop on Genetic Analysis of Multifactorial Disease

2012,2013- Franklin Foundation Neuroimaging Training Program Travel Award

2012- Bursary to attend Cold Spring Harbor Workshop on Schizophrenia

2011-2013- UGA Graduate Recruitment Opportunity Fellowship

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