Lisa E. Williams, PhD

Position title: Senior Scientist


I oversee the human neuroimaging studies in the lab, working with Dr. Kalin on studies of anxiety and anxiety risk in preadolescent children. I am broadly interested in understanding the brain basis of psychiatric disorders, with a particular focus on the neural correlates of clinical symptoms and the translation of findings from the lab to the clinic. I received my PhD in Experimental Psychology at the University of California-San Diego in 2009, where I studied sensory processing in patients with schizophrenia. As a post-doctoral fellow I worked with Dr. Stephan Heckers at Vanderbilt University (2009 – 2012) on behavioral and neuroimaging studies of memory ability and hippocampal integrity across the psychotic spectrum. My work in the Kalin lab aims to quantify the neural correlates of childhood anxiety disorders and the risk to develop anxiety disorders by utilizing in-depth clinical phenotyping in conjunction with multimodal neuroimaging, behavioral and physiological measures.