Katharine Thakkar (Katy), assistant professor, Department of Psychology, received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Vanderbilt University. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at UCLA and her post-doctoral fellowship at the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, housed at the University Medical Center Utrecht in the Netherlands.
Her research interests focus on identifying the specific nature and development of cognitive and social difficulties in individuals with psychotic disorders. This research seeks to understand how disruptions in specific brain circuits give rise to impaired social and cognitive functioning and psychosis. Thakkar wants to reveal new knowledge to improve our understanding of the overlap between schizophrenia and autism, at both the behavior and brain level.
To answer these research questions, she uses a variety of methods, including functional MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, proton magnetic resonance spectroscopy, eye tracking, and first-person reports.