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Scot Kristian Hill, PhD, MA, BS

Associate Professor

Dr. Scot Kristian Hill, Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology in the College of Health Professions received his Ph.D. in School Psychology from Ball State University, specializing in Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Hill completed Postdoctoral Fellowships in clinical neuropsychology at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital and the Brain Behavior Laboratory at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Prior to joining RFUMS, Dr. Hill was a member of the Center for Cognitive Medicine at the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Dr. Hill’s early research focused on learning disabilities and the impact of neurodevelopmental issues on cognitive abilities. More recently, his interests lie in neurocognitive deficits associated with psychosis; the neural and cognitive bases of working memory dysfunction in schizophrenia, particularly frontostriatal communications; electrophysiological and neuropsychological markers of psychosis; intermediate phenotypes shared among psychotic disorders; and neurotransmitter regulation in psychosis (genetic and systems level). Research methods include behavioral analysis, neuropsychological testing, electroencephalography (EEG), genotype analyses, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), multivariate analyses (pattern classification, subtype identification, structural equations modeling). Research reports have appeared in several areas including Neuropsychology, Psychiatry, Neuroscience, and Psychology journals.

Honors include NIMH National Research Service Award Fellowship, NIMH Mentored Patient-Oriented Research Career Development Award, and NIH Clinical Research Loan Repayment Program Award. Dr. Hill has been the principal investigator on several extramural and foundation grants and has served as co-investigator or consultant on several projects investigating disease and treatment related effects on neuroscognition in first episode and chronic schizophrenia, shared genetic liability underlying schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and cognitive and affective dysfunction in pediatric bipolar disorder.

Research

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.

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 6th 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 6th 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.  Will recently defended his dissertation and is completing his internship at the VA Long Beach. 

 
Hayley Amsbaugh
Hayley is a 5th year student in the lab. She earned her BA in Psychology and French Language & Literature from Oakland University, and her MS in Clinical Psychology from RFUMS. 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, postdoctoral training, and board certification. Ultimately, she aspires to pursue a career which provides a balance between clinical neuropsychology and psychotherapy. In her free time, she enjoys wheel throwing, bike riding, snowboarding, and spending time with friends and family.

 Alison Buchholz, MA
Alison is a 5th 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 is currently completing her internship at Rush University Medical Center.  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 4th 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 3rd 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 6th 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 2nd 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. She is developing her thesis on using biotypes to classify psychotic disorders, working memory and catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT), which is a risk-gene for working memory impairments. 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.

Tasha Rhoads
Tasha is a 1st year PhD student. She received her Bachelor's degree in Psychology from Carleton College in Northfield, MN in 2012. Before joining Dr. Hill's lab, she worked as a research coordinator under Dr. Sarah Keedy and Dr. Elliot Gershon at the University of Chicago Medical Center on the BSNIP (Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network for Intermediate Phenotypes) Project  collecting fMRI, EEG, and eye tracking data as well as administering neuropsychological testing batteries and recruiting participants. Her current research interests include identifying neurophysiological and neuropsychological biomarkers of psychotic disorders. In her free time, she enjoys attending concerts, sewing/knitting, cooking/baking, traveling, and gardening.

Milena Gotra 
Milena is a 2nd year student in the Masters in Counseling program.  She is assisting Maura with analyzing data for the Bipolar-Schizophrenia Network for Intermediate Phenotypes (BSNIP) Project. 

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.

Publications

Hill, S. K., Bjorkquist, O., Carrathers, T., Roseberry, J. E., Hochberger, W., and Bishop, J. (2013). Sequential Processing Deficits in Schizophrenia: Relationship to Neuropsychology and Genetics. Schizophrenia Research (in press).

Hill, S.K., Griffin, G.B., Houk, J.C., & Sweeney, J.A. (2011). Differential effects of paced and unpaced responding on delayed serial order recall in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia research, 131, 192-197.

Hill, S.K., Griffin, G.B., Miura, T.K., Herbener, E.S., & Sweeney, J.A. (2010). Salience of working memory maintenance and manipulation processing in schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine, 40, 1979-1986.

Hill, S.K., Bishop, J.R., Palumbo, D, & Sweeney, J.A. (2010). The effect of second generation antipsychotics on cognition: Current issues and future challenges. Expert Reviews of Neurotherapeutics, 10(1), 43-57.

Hill, S.K., Reilly, J.L., Harris, M.S.H., Rosen, C., Marvin, R.W., DeLeon, O., & Sweeney, J.A. (2009). A comparison of neuropsychological dysfunction in first-episode psychosis patients with unipolar depression, bipolar disorder, and schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 113, 167-175.

Hill, S.K., Reilly, J.L., Harris, M.S.H., Khine, T., & Sweeney, J.A. (2008). Oculomotor and neuropsychological effects of antipsychotic treatment for schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34, 494-506.

Hill, S.K., Sweeney, J.A., Hamer, R.M., Keefe, R.S.E., Perkins, D.O., Gu, H., McEvoy, J.P., & Lieberman, J.A. (2008). Efficiency of the CATIE and BACS neuropsychological batteries in assessing cognitive effects of antipsychotic treatments in schizophrenia. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 14, 209-221.

Hill, S.K., Harris, M.S., Herbener, E.S., Pavuluri, M., & Sweeney, J.A. (2008). Neurocognitive allied phenotypes of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34, 743-759.