I completed a B.S. in Brain, Behavior, and Cognitive Science at the University of Michigan, where I conducted an honors thesis using functional MRI to study word list learning with Dr. Scott A. Langenecker. I completed my Ph.D. in Neuroscience at the University of Minnesota with Dr. Cheryl A. Olman. My doctoral work used functional MRI and behavioral psychophysics to examine how early visual processing (e.g., contrast perception) is affected by psychosis. Next, I worked as a post-doctoral research associate with Dr. Scott O. Murray in the Department of Psychology at the University of Washington. My work examined how low-level vision (e.g. motion perception) is affected by autism spectrum disorders, using methods such as functional MRI, MR spectroscopy, and EEG.
I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences. My research focuses on understanding how visual perception is affected by different psychiatric and neurological conditions. I am the Primary Investigator for an NIMH K01-funded study using EEG and MR spectroscopy to understand early visual perception in schizophrenia. I am also involved in a number of other projects focused on visual perception in clinical populations including psychosis spectrum disorders and visual snow syndrome. Within the department, I am Co-Chair of the Grand Rounds Committee, the Chairperson of a Junior Faculty Peer Mentorship Group, and Co-Director of the Ambulatory Research Center Psychophysiology Laboratory.
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Dr. Schallmo's interests include: Disrupted perception in psychosis and autism spectrum disorders (ASD) The role of different neurotransmitters (e.g., GABA, glutamate) in psychosis and ASD Visual neuroscience as a tool to examine specific hypotheses about the neural mechanisms of psychiatric disorders Combining methods (e.g., functional MRI, EEG, MR spectroscopy, visual psychophysics, pharmacology) to study a single research question in human subjects