Scott Sponheim, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Scott Sponheim

Contact Info

sponh001@umn.edu

Office Phone 612-273-9815

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Minneapolis VAHCS
1 Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Natasha Hampton-Anderson

Administrative Email
nhampton@umn.edu

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota - Department of Psychology

BA, Concordia College, Moorhead, MN

Internship, Minneapolis VA Medical Center

Summary

I received my BA in Mathematics, Physics and Psychology from Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. I completed my PhD in Clinical Psychology here at the University of Minnesota.

I am an adult psychologist and my primary research focus is to understand how genetic risks for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are expressed in the functions of the brain. I also conduct studies of families affected by schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to understand the ways in which individuals affected by these conditions differ from biological relatives who may carry genetic vulnerability for the conditions but do not develop the disorders. In addition, I study military-related traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in a search for brain-based measures that differentiate the two conditions and may help guide treatment decisions for individuals who have been exposed to traumatic explosive blast events in combat.

I have published 126 peer-reviewed articles, and was first or last author for most of them. I have 4592 citations and an h-index of 39. I have also given 18 grand rounds presentations nationwide, and have presented nationally and internationally at more than 170 conferences.


I am a consulting editor for the Journal of Abnormal Psychology and also work as a trainer for the Minneapolis VA’s Psychology Service Training Program. Within the department, I am a graduate student advisor for the Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program and supervise clinical training of psychology graduate students, and post-doctoral psychologists for licensure.

Professional Associations

  • Society of Biological Psychiatry, Member
  • Association for Psychological Science, Fellow
  • American Psychological Association, Fellow
  • Society for a Science of Clinical Psychology
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research, Member
  • Society for Research in Psychopathology, Executive Board Member
  • Human Brain Mapping, Member
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science, Member

Research

Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Sponheim's primary research focus is to understand how genetic risk for schizophrenia and bipolar disorder are expressed in the functions of the brain. He uses recordings of brain electrical activity (EEG), magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) measures of brain function and structure, cognitive assessments, and questionnaire and interview-based assessments of symptoms to map the expression of genetic vulnerability. Dr. Sponheim carries out studies of families affected by schizophrenia and bipolar disorder to understand the ways in which individuals affected by schizophrenia and bipolar disorder differ from biological relatives may carry genetic vulnerability for the conditions but do not develop the mental disorder. The discovery of measures that clearly identify either genetic vulnerability or future development of a severe mental disorder will allow early intervention and possible prevention of these conditions before they impair a person's life. Dr. Sponheim also studies military-related traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder in a search for brain-based measures that differentiate the two conditions and may help guide treatment decisions for individuals who have been exposed to traumatic explosive blast events in combat.

Teaching

Teaching Areas

  • Graduate student advisor, Clinical Science and Psychopathology Research Program
  • Lectures for medical students and psychology trainees
  • Guest lectures in Departments of Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Supervises clinical training of psychology graduate students
  • Supervises post-doctoral psychologists for licensure 

Clinical

Clinical Interests

Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder; Post-traumatic Stress Disorder; Empirically-Validated Recovery Interventions for Severe and Persistent Mental Disorders