Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Basic Cognitive and Behavioral Research Grants Related to Antisocial Behavior


Type of Activity: Research

Funding Mechanism:Grants

Total Available Funding: N/A

Number of Awards: 10

Award Amount: $2.4 Million per year

Length of Project Period: Varies (1-5 years)

Federal Partners: N/A

Summary:These projects aim to elucidate the basic cognitive and behavioral mechanism underlying sociopathy with the purpose of understanding the biological pathways to antisocial behavior and ultimately developing more effective preventive and treatment interventions. Participants in these studies are offenders, who are or have been incarcerated, their offspring, or individuals at risk for antisocial behavior and therefore incarceration. A number of methodological approaches are utilized, such as psychophysiological assessments (e.g., event-related potentials, startle reflex, electromyography), MRI imaging techniques to evaluate functioning of limbic and paralimbic brain circuitries and other relevant brain regions, and genetic assessments. These studies are funded through a variety of grant mechanisms, including training grants to support the research careers of promising investigators in this area.

Principle Investigator Location Title
Current Grantees (FY09 and FY10): 
Naomi Samimi Sadeh University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
Champaign, IL
Attention-Emotion Interactions in Psychopathy
Kent A. Kiehl The Mind Research Network
Albuquerque, NM
The Cognitive Neuroscience of Female Psychopathy
Christopher John Patrick Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
Trait Fear and Disinhibition in Impulse Control Disorders
Menahem I Krakowski Nathan S. Klein Institute for Psychological Research
Orangeburg, NY
The Neurophysiology of Violence in Schizophrenia
Joseph P. Newman University of Wisconsin
Madison, Madison, WI
Cognitive-Emotion Interactions in Psychopathy
Joann Wu Shortt Oregon Social Learning Center, Inc.
Eugene, OR
Emotion-Focused Intervention for Mothers and Children Under Stress
Carla Harenski University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Multimodal Imaging of Social Emotion and Decision Making in Psychopathy
Edward M. Bernat Florida State University
Tallahassee, FL
Neurobiological Mechanisms of Impulse Control Problems
Elsa Ruth Ermer University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, MN
Social Reasoning in Psychopathy
Eyal Aharoni University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM
Neural Mechanisms of Passive Avoidance Learning in Psychopaths

Evaluation Activities:

Future Prospects: One time funding; may submit applications for funding of additional research.


Dr. Bruce Cuthbert
Director, Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development
Phone: (301) 443-4863
Email: Bruce.Cuthbert@nih.gov

Dr. Molly Oliveri
Director, Division of Developmental Translational Research
Phone: (301) 443-5944
Email: Molly.Oliveri@nih.gov

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