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Ellen Herbener, PhD

Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training

Clinical, Program Chair


Building & Room:

1046A BSB


1007 W Harrison Street

Office Phone:

(312) 413-2638

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Dr. Ellen Herbener received her Bachelor’s Degree in Behavioral Science from the University of Chicago, and her Doctoral Degree from Harvard University. She completed a psychology internship at Cambridge Hospital, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  She is a licensed clinical psychologist.

Dr. Herbener has a dual appointment in the Departments of Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago.  She is a member of the Clinical Psychology Division in the Psychology department, and a member of the Center for Cognitive Medicine and the Psychosis Clinic in the Psychiatry Department.  Her research focuses on abnormalities in emotional and social functioning in individuals with schizophrenia.  She uses both affective neuroscience behavioral paradigms and functional imaging to identify mechanisms contributing to anhedonia and avolition in this population.  She is a co-investigator on an NIH grant examining learning and reward processing in individuals with schizophrenia.

Dr. Herbener is actively involved with students in both Psychology and Psychiatry, acting as a research mentor and supervisor to graduate students in Psychology as well as psychology interns in Psychiatry.  She teaches courses on Lifespan Development and Clinical Interviewing in the Psychology Department.

Selected Publications

Herbener, E.S., and Harrow, M.  (2002) The course of anhedonia during 10 years of schizophrenic illness. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 111: 237-48.

Herbener, E.S., and Harrow, M. (2004).  Are negative symptoms associated with functioning deficits in both schizophrenia and nonschizophrenia patients?  A 10-year longitudinal analysis.  Schizophrenia Bulletin, 30: 813-25.

Herbener, E.S., Harrow, M., and Hill, S.K.  (2005). Change in the relationship between anhedonia and functional deficits over a 20-year period in individuals with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 75: 97-105.

Herbener, E.S., Hill, S.K., Marvin, R.W., Sweeney, J.A.  (2005). Effects of antipsychotic treatment on emotion perception deficits in first-episode schizophrenia.  American Journal of Psychiatry, 162:1746-8.

Herbener, E.S., Rosen, C., Khine, T., and Sweeney, J.A.  (2007). Failure of Positive But Not Negative Emotional Valence to Enhance Memory in Schizophrenia.  Journal of Abnormal
Psychology,116: 43-55.

Herbener, E.S., Song, W., Khine, T., and Sweeney, J.A. (2008). What aspects of emotional functioning are impaired in schizophrenia?  Schizophrenia Research, 98: 239-46.

Herbener, E.S.  (2008). Emotional Memory in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 34: 875-887.

Baslet, G., Termini, L., Herbener, E.S. (2009). Deficits in emotional awareness in schizophrenia and
their relationship with other measures of functioning.  Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease. 197: 655-60.

Herbener, E.S. (2009). Impairment in Long-Term Retention of Preference Conditioning in Schizophrenia.  Biological Psychiatry 34: 875-87

Hill, S.K., Griffin, G.B., Miura, T.K., Herbener, E.S., & Sweeney, J.A. (in press). Salience of working memory maintenance and manipulation processing in schizophrenia. Psychological Medicine.

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