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Pam Butler, Ph.D.

Pam Butler, Ph.D.

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Dr. Pamela Butler received her PhD in psychology from the City University of New York and did post-doctoral fellowships at Duke University in Neuropsychopharmacology and at Columbia University in Schizophrenia Research. At Columbia, she began perceptual studies of schizophrenia focusing on aberrant visual pathway function and its effects on more global perception and speed of processing. She continued this work at the Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center and joined the Psychiatry faculty at New York University Grossman School of Medicine, and then moved to the Nathan Kline Institute.

At NKI, Dr. Butler has studied visual perceptual difficulties in schizophrenia and their effects on cognition and social function. She has received grant funding from the National Institute of Mental Health to develop biomarkers of perceptual function and to develop methods to assess perceptual function. She also received an award from the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation to study the effect of difficulties in perception on face emotion processing. She serves on National Institutes of Health grant Study Sections, co-chaired an NIH-sponsored panel for the Cognitive Neuroscience Treatment Research in Schizophrenia project to determine perceptual tasks for use in clinical trials, and is on the editorial board of Schizophrenia Bulletin. Her lab, more recently, is studying effects of visual remediation in people with schizophrenia, and is studying social reward processing in schizophrenia and autism.

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Butler PD, Thompson JL, Seitz AR, Deveau J, Silverstein SM. Visual Perceptual Remediation for Individuals With Schizophrenia: Rationale, Method, and Three Case Studies. Psychiatr Rehabil J. 2016 Aug 22. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID:27547852.

Vakhrusheva J, Zemon V, Bar M, Weiskopf NG, Tremeau F, Petkova E, Su Z, Abeles IY, Butler PD. Forming first impressions of others in schizophrenia: impairments in fast processing and in use of spatial frequency information. Schizophr Res. 2014 Dec;160(1-3):142-9. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2014.10.012. PubMed PMID:25458862

Calderone DJ, Lakatos P, Butler PD, Castellanos FX. Entrainment of neural oscillations as a modifiable substrate of attention. Trends Cogn Sci. 2014 Jun;18(6):300-9. doi: 10.1016/j.tics.2014.02.005. Review. PubMed PMID: 24630166

Calderone DJ, Hoptman MJ, Martínez A, Nair-Collins S, Mauro CJ, Bar M, Javitt DC, Butler PD. Contributions of low and high spatial frequency processing to impaired object recognition circuitry in schizophrenia. Cereb Cortex. 2013 Aug;23(8):1849-58. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs169. PubMed PMID: 22735157

Butler PD, Abeles IY, Weiskopf NG, Tambini A, Jalbrzikowski M, Legatt ME, Zemon V, Loughead J, Gur RC, Javitt DC. Sensory contributions to impaired emotion processing in schizophrenia. Schizophr Bull. 2009 Nov;35(6):1095-107. doi:10.1093/schbul/sbp109. PubMed PMID: 19793797