Sarah Keedy, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Associate Director of the Cognition-Emotion Neuroscience Laboratory

University of Chicago
Department of Psychiatry
5841 South Maryland Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637

Research Interests

Neurocognitive abnormalities of psychotic disorders
Linking neurocognitive deficits to clinical symptoms
Defining "severity" of hallucinations

Current Studies

Antipsychotic Effects on Top Down Attentional Control of Sensory Processing in Psychosis
Currently funded by NIMH K award

Neural circuit-level mechanisms of sensory system regulation in healthy population

Combined uses of fMRI and EEG data


2009   Brain and Behavior Research Foundation* Bass Young Investigator
*formerly the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression

2006-2009   National Institutes of Health Loan Repayment Program Award for Clinical Research


1993-1996   B.S. with Honors, summa cum laude, Psychology
                         Oklahoma State University; Stillwater, OK

1996-2004   Ph.D., Clinical Psychology
                          Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science; North Chicago, IL

2003-2004   Clinical Psychology Internship
                          Jesse Brown Veterans Administration Medical Center; Chicago, IL

2004-2006   Postdoctoral Research Associate/Clinical Neuropsychology Fellow
                         University of Illinois at Chicago; Chicago, IL

2006 -   Illinois Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Selected Publications

Rosen C, Marvin R, Reilly JL, DeLeon O, Harris MSH, Keedy SK, Solari H, Weiden P, Sweeney JA. (in press). Phenomenology of first episode psychosis in schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and unipolar depression: A comparative analysis. Clinical Schizophrenia & Related Psychosis.

Lencer R, Keedy SK, Reilly JL, Harris MSH, Sprenger A, Sweeney JA (2011). Altered transfer of visual motion information to parietal association cortex in untreated first-episode psychosis: Implications for pursuit eye tracking. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 194(1), 30-38.

Lu LH, Zhou XJ, Keedy SK, Reilly JL, & Sweeney JA. (2011). White matter microstructure in untreated first episode bipolar disorder with psychosis: Comparison with schizophrenia. Bipolar Disorders, 13, 604-613.

Clementz BA, Gao Y, McDowell JE, Moratti S, Keedy SK, Sweeney JA (2010). Top-down control of visual sensory processing during an ocular motor response inhibition task. Psychophysiology, 47 (6), 1011-8.

Keedy SK, Rosen C, Khine T, Rajarethinamb R, Janicak PG, Sweeney JA (2009). An fMRI study of visual attention and sensorimotor function before and after antipsychotic treatment in first episode schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 172(1), 16-23.

Keedy SK, Marlow-O'Connor M, Beenken B, Dorflinger J, Abel M, Erwin R (2007). Noradrenergic antagonism of the P13 and N40 components of the rat auditory evoked potential. Psychopharmacology 190 (1), 117-125.

Keedy SK, Ebens CL, Keshavan MS, Sweeney JA (2006). Functional magnetic resonance imaging studies of eye movements in first-episode schizophrenia: Smooth pursuit, visually guided saccades, and the oculomotor delayed response task. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging 146, , 199-211.

Torres IJ, Keedy SK, Marlow-O'Connor M, Beenken B, Goldman MB (2009). Neuropsychological impairment in patients with schizophrenia and evidence of hyponatremia and polydipsia. Neuropsychology, 23(3), 307-14.

Ramati A, Pliskin NH, Keedy SK, Erwin RJ, Fink JW, Bodnar EN, Lee RC, Cooper MA, Kelley K, Sweeney JA (2009). Alteration in functional brain systems after electrical injury. Journal of Neurotrauma, 26 (10), 1815-22.

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