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Kelsey Straub, PhD

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Postdoctoral Fellow



Kelsey Straub, PhD, is a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Sarah Kopelovich in the SPIRIT Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri and completed an APA-accredited internship at The Ohio State University’s Early Psychosis Intervention Center. Her clinical and research interests are improving early identification of psychosis risk, reducing duration of untreated psychosis, and improving clinical and functional outcomes for individuals experiencing or at risk for psychosis.

Her doctoral research examined neurobiological, cognitive, and psychosocial factors contributing to the development and maintenance of psychotic symptoms. One major focus of her research has been using a dimensional framework to conceptualize schizotypal and psychotic symptoms as a maladaptive extension of normal personality. Additionally, she is interested in utilizing neuroimaging and neurostimulation techniques to elucidate neural underpinnings of psychotic symptoms as well as to supplement existing assessments to improve early detection of psychosis risk.

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