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S. Kristian Hill, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Department of Psychology
College of Health Professions
Room 2.693
Building: HSB
Phone: 847.578.8748
Fax: 847.578.8765
Dr. Hill will be considering student applications for the 2015/2016 academic year.  

Research Lab
Research Topics

  1. Neurocognition in psychosis
  2. Cognitive treatment effects
  3. Intermediate cognitive phenotypes 

 Dr. Hill is currently involved in researching neurocognition in psychosis. Specifically, Dr. Hill has ongoing involvement in the Bipolar and Schizophrenia Network on Intermediate Phenotypes (B-SNIP) research group. In addition, Dr. Hill has ongoing research with his lab at Rosalind Franklin University researching working memory deficits in schizophrenia across neuropsychological, genetic, and electroencephalographic methods. The lab's most recent publication involved integration of genetic and neuropsychological assessment data in understanding serial order processing deficits across varied conditions of stimulus recall in individual's with schizophrenia.

Lab News:

Graduate Student Involvement


 Tarra Carrathers, MS Tarra is a 5th year student in the lab.  Her bio: "I got my bachelor's in psychology in 2011 from Bloomsburg University of Pennsylvania. My current lab research project involves examining updating of working memory in schizophrenia patients. Ultimately, I plan to be a pediatric neuropsychologist and am also currently doing pediatric concussion research at Alexian Brothers. In my free time I play soccer, read non-school related books, and hang out with my adorable cat Leia."
 William Hochberger, MS Will is a 5th year student in the lab. William received his Bachelors of Science in Behavioral Neuroscience from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, and his Masters degree in Clinical Psychology from RFUMS. His research interests involve utilizing physiological measures to better understand the role of the fronto-striatal circuit in working memory, and how deficits in this system are expressed in psychosis. His current research is examining the impact of catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) genotype on cognitive flexibility in psychotic probands, their first-degree relatives, and healthy controls. In his free time, Will enjoys rock climbing, mountain biking, and playing guitar.

Hayley Amsbaugh Hayley is a 4th year student in the lab. She earned her BA in Psychology and French Language & Literature from Oakland University in Rochester Hills, MI. She is currently actively involved in the management of SOUP data, including data extraction, coding, synthesis, and analysis. Her career goals include completion of RFUMS program, internship focused on adult neuropsychology and rehabilitation, postdoctoral training, board certification, and pursuit of prescribing privileges with the completion of a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychopharmacology and subsequent certification. Ultimately, she aspires to pursue a career which provides a balance between clinical neuropsychology and therapy. In her free time, she enjoys wheel throwing, thrifting/upcycling, biking, tennis, snowboarding, reading, watching movies, and spending time with friends and family.

 Alison Buchholz, MA

Alison is a 4th year in the lab. She got her BA from Lehigh University in Clinical Psychology, with a minor in writing, and her MA from Towson University in Clinical Psychology.  Her current research involvement includes examining a task switching component of working memory via ePrime for Hill lab's SOUP protocol.  Her career goals include completion of RFUMS program, doing an adult neuropsychology internship and postdoc, and eventual board certification. She aspires to conduct both clinical and research activities in a faculty appointment at an academic medical institution or other practice.  She enjoys snowboarding, biking, tennis, being outdoors, painting, discovering and hearing new music, rare pleasure reading, traveling/going on vacation, spending time with husband, friends, family, and eating delicious foods

   Courtney Nelson

Courtney is a 3rd year in the lab.  She received a BS in Biology and a BS in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire.  She is currently researching cognitive deficits of schizophrenia, specifically effects of genetics and pharmacotherapy. Her future career goal is to be a licensed clinical neuropsychologist. She enjoys spending her free time making crafts, reading, exploring Chicago, and being with friends and family.



Jenna Axelrod, MS Jenna is a second year PhD candidate and has worked in Dr. Hill's lab since 2012. Her bio: "I received my Bachelor’s in Psychology from the University of Massachusetts Amherst (2012) and my Master’s in Clinical Counseling from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (2014). My current research project is conducted in conjunction with Dr. Sarah Keedy (an RFU alum) at the University of Chicago looking at the Treatment Effects on Antipsychotics. My responsibilities include recruitment, diagnostic interviewing, administering brief neuropsychological batteries, and assisting with EEG. I also administer computer tasks developed by Hill lab students looking at serial order, order reconstruction, updating, and paced versus unpaced performance in a population suffering from psychosis. Current work includes running fine reliability analyses for a new hallucination assessment developed by Dr. Keedy. In my free time I enjoy practicing yoga, traveling, reading, and eating new foods. 

   Nicholas Velissaris Nicholas is an 8th year in the lab. He has been preparing for his dissertation and applying for his internship. He did some work for  the concussion protocol for the NFL and is  currently working at a group home for dual diagnosis males with autism.
   Hyun-Soo Lee, MS  Hyun-Soo is a 5th year student in the lab.  Hyun-Soo received his Bachelor's degree in Biology and Psychology from Carnegie Mellon University and his Master's degree in Clinical Psychology from RFUMS.  Currently, Hyun-Soo's research interests include long-distance romantic relationships and intimate partner aggression.  In his free time, he likes to play ultimate frisbee and do judo.

Maura Wolfe Maura is a first year PhD student. She received her BS from the University of Dayton with majors in Special Education and Psychology.  Prior to starting at RFUMS, she worked in a lab at the University of Illinois at Chicago that was researching the mechanisms and deficits underlying late-life depression through the use neuropsychological and neuroimaging tools. Since she started at RFU, she has been helping with various projects and getting to know her fellow lab members. She ultimately wants to work with kids and adolescents so in Dr. Hill’s lab she hopes to look at developmental profiles of those at high risk of schizophrenia. In her free time Maura enjoys running, listening to podcasts, watching documentaries, and listening to music.

 Lab Alumni
   Jarett Roseberry, MS Jarrett is a graduate of the lab. His bio:
I received my Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Minnesota State University - Mankato, my Master's Degree in Clinical Counseling Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science, and my Master's Degree in Clinical Psychology from Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science. My current research project involves examining serial order processing in schizophrenia spectrum patients as they compare to healthy controls on novel experimental paradigms. My prior research within our lab includes examining practice effects and expectations for change in schizophrenia spectrum patients and genotypic analyses. I have participated in several pediatric and adult neuropsychology practica in the Chicagoland area. I am beginning my internship in July 2014 at the Missouri Health Sciences Psychology Consortium, specifically working at the University of Missouri's Department of Health Psychology's Adult Neuropsychology and Cognitive/Neurorehabilitation program. Career goals wise, I hope to work in a hospital/clinical setting as an adult neuropsychologist, specializing in sports related head injuries and TBI's.

In my free time, I enjoy watching and playing a variety of sports, exploring the Chicagoland area, watching movies, learning about craft beer, hiding chi-squares in poster presentations, and fishing when time allows.

Below is a picture of some of the lab members at the 2013 Midwest Neuropsychology Group Conference.

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