• Representative Publications

    Bolbecker, A.R., Edwards, C.R., Mehta, C., Hetrick, W.P. (2009). Cerebellar-dependent eye-blink conditioning deficits indicate temporal processing abnormalities in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 111, 182-91. PMC2702657

    Bolbecker, A.R., Hetrick, W.P., Johannesen, J., Steinmetz, J.E., O’Donnell, B.F., and Shekhar, A. (2009). Secretin improves cerebellar-dependent motor learning in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 166, 460-6. PMID19223439

    Kim DJ, Kent JS, Bolbecker AR, Sporns O, Cheng H, Newman SD, Puce A, O'Donnell BF, Hetrick WP. (2014). Disrupted modular architecture of cerebellum in schizophrenia: a graph theoretic analysis. Schizophr Bulletin, 40, 1216-26. PMC4193723

    Bolbecker, A.R., Kent, J.S., Petersen, I.T., Klaunig, M.J., Forsyth, J.K., Howell, J.M., Westfall, D.R., O’Donnell, B.F., Hetrick, W.F. (2013) Impaired cerebellar-dependent eyeblink conditioning in first-degree relatives of individuals with schizophrenia, Schizophr Bulletin, 40, 1001-10. PMC4133656

    Bolbecker, A.R., Mehta, C., Johannesen, J.K., Edwards, C.R., Tracy, J.A., O’Donnell, B.F., Shekhar, A., Nurnberger, J.I., and Hetrick, W.P. (2009). Eyeblink conditioning anomalies in bipolar disorder suggest cerebellar dysfunction. Bipolar Disorders, 11, 19-32.

    Bolbecker, A.R., Hong, S.L., Kent, J.S., Forsyth, J.K., Klaunig, M.J., Lazar, E., O’Donnell, B.F., Hetrick, W.P. (2011). Paced finger tapping abnormalities in bipolar disorder indicate timing dysfunction. Bipolar Disorders, 13, 99-110. PMC3079233

    Bolbecker, A.R., Hong, S.L., Kent, J.S., Klaunig, M.J., O’Donnell, B.F., Hetrick, W.P. (2011). Postural control in bipolar disorder: Increased sway area and decreased dynamical complexity. PLoS One, 6(5): e19824. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0019824. PMC3097205

My areas of expertise encompass a broad range of topics and levels of analysis relevant to severe psychiatric disorders (i.e., schizophrenia, bipolar disorder) and developmental disorders (i.e., autism). As my educational background and publication record indicate, I have a background in basic neuroscience and extensive experience in a number of electrophysiological approaches in both humans and animals. In addition, I have training at the graduate and postdoctoral levels in areas critical for research with clinical populations, including clinical diagnosis/assessment and neuropsychological testing. My research has broadly endeavored to investigate the integrity of the cerebellum and related brain circuitry in human neuropychiatric disorders through the use of behavioral probes such as eyeblink conditioning. In particular, my interest has been in the timing and synchronization of neural responses and their relationship to cognitive and behavioral symptoms of severe psychiatric illnesses.