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Investigator Profile

Scott Sponheim, PhD

Positions
Staff Clinical Psychologist, Minneapolis VA
Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of Minnesota
Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychology, University of Minnesota
Education
BA Concordia College; PhD University of Minnesota
Contact Information
scott.sponheim@va.gov
Research Interests
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.
Publications
Full bibliography on Google Scholar
VA Research Topics
Mental Health; Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
MeSH Key Words
Bipolar Disorder; Schizophrenia; Stress Disorders, Post-Traumatic; Endophenotypes; Magnetoencephalography; Magnetic Resonance Imaging; Visual Perception; Visual Cortex; Cognition; Brain Injuries, Traumatic
Professional Networking
ResearchGate | Google Scholar
Links
University of Minnesota profile | Website