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Antonia Kaczkurkin

Assistant Professor of Psychology
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Antonia Kaczkurkin is an Assistant Professor in Psychology at Vanderbilt University. She received her Master of Arts and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota. She completed her APA-accredited clinical internship at Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. As a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Kaczkurkin was funded by a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Research Supplement to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research. Dr. Kaczkurkin is currently funded by a K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award from the NIMH.

Dr. Kaczkurkin’s research focuses on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of internalizing disorders. She integrates multimodal measures such as functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), cerebral blood flow, brain anatomy, psychophysiology (e.g., electroencephalography (EEG), startle blink, skin conductance), and behavior to develop a comprehensive understanding of the basic mechanisms underlying anxiety and depressive disorders. Her research aims to:

1) Investigate abnormal brain anatomy and functioning in anxiety and depressive disorders.

2) Understand the neurobiological heterogeneity that exists within internalizing symptoms.

3) Apply our knowledge about these neurobiological differences to improve treatment outcomes.


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Representative Publications

Top cited:

Lissek, S., Kaczkurkin, A. N., Rabin, S., Geraci, M., Pine, D. S., & Grillon, C. (2014). Generalized anxiety disorder is associated with overgeneralization of classically conditioned fear. Biological psychiatry75(11), 909-915.

Kaczkurkin, A. N., & Foa, E. B. (2022). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for anxiety disorders: an update on the empirical evidence. Dialogues in clinical neuroscience

Xia, C. H., Ma, Z., Ciric, R., Gu, S., Betzel, R. F., Kaczkurkin, A. N., ... & Satterthwaite, T. D. (2018). Linked dimensions of psychopathology and connectivity in functional brain networks. Nature communications9(1), 3003.

Kaczkurkin, A. N., Burton, P. C., Chazin, S. M., Manbeck, A. B., Espensen-Sturges, T., Cooper, S. E., ... & Lissek, S. (2017). Neural substrates of overgeneralized conditioned fear in PTSD. American Journal of Psychiatry174(2), 125-134.

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2023  SRP Early Career Award, Society for Research in Psychopathology

2023  APF/MFP SEE-Diversity to Success Workshop Scholarship, American Psychological Foundation

2023  Provost’s Faculty Grant for Culminating Projects in Immersion, Vanderbilt University

2023  David H. and Beverly A. Barlow Grant, American Psychological Foundation

2023  BBRF Young Investigator Grant, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation

2022  APS Janet Taylor Spence Award, Association for Psychological Science (APS)

2021  Junior Faculty Teaching Fellowship, Center for Teaching, Vanderbilt University

2020  Sloan Research Fellow, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

2020  APS Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science (APS)

2020  Alies Muskin Career Development Leadership Program (CDLP) Awardee, Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA)

2019  Society of Biological Psychiatry Domestic Travel Fellowship Award, SoBP

2018-2022  NIMH K99/R00 Pathway to Independence Award (PI; grant number R00MH117274)

2018-2019  Career Development Institute Awardee, Career Development Institute for Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh