Jennifer U. Blackford, PhD

Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital
1601 23rd Avenue South
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Dr. Blackford is a developmental psychologist and neuroscientist. Her lab uses neuroimaging methods to characterize anxiety circuitry in humans and the role of anxiety circuitry in anxiety vulnerability, PTSD, addiction, and schizophrenia. Dr. Blackford is the Director of the Division of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences.

Research Information

Clauss, J, Avery, SN, Benningfield, MM, Blackford, JU (2019). Social anxiety is associated with BNST response to unpredictability. Depression and Anxiety, 36(8), 666-675. PMCID: PMC6679811.

Flook, EA, Luchsinger, JR, Silveri, MM, Winder DG, Benningfield, MM, Blackford, JU. Anxiety during abstinence from alcohol: A systematic review of rodent and human evidence for the anterior insula's role in the abstinence network. Addiction Biology, in press, doi: 10.1111/adb.12861. PMCID in progress.

Blackford JULeveraging Statistical Methods to Improve Validity and Reproducibility of Research FindingsJAMA Psychiatry. 2017 Feb 2/1/2017; 74(2): 119-20. PMID: 28030660, PII: 2594382, DOI: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2016.3730, ISSN: 2168-6238.

Avery SN, Clauss JA, Blackford JUThe Human BNST: Functional Role in Anxiety and AddictionNeuropsychopharmacology [print-electronic]. 2016 Jan; 41(1): 126-41. PMID: 26105138, PMCID: PMC4677124, PII: npp2015185, DOI: 10.1038/npp.2015.185, ISSN: 1740-634X.

Clauss JA, Benningfield MM, Rao U, Blackford JUAltered Prefrontal Cortex Function Marks Heightened Anxiety Risk in ChildrenJ Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry [print-electronic]. 2016 Sep; 55(9): 809-16. PMID: 27566122, PMCID: PMC5003319, PII: S0890-8567(16)30289-1, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2016.05.024, ISSN: 1527-5418.

Bas-Hoogendam JM, Blackford JU, Brühl AB, Blair KS, van der Wee NJA, Westenberg PM. Neurobiological candidate endophenotypes of social anxiety disorderNeurosci Biobehav Rev [print-electronic]. 2016 Dec; 71: 362-78. PMID: 27593443, PII: S0149-7634(16)30263-9, DOI: 10.1016/j.neubiorev.2016.08.040, ISSN: 1873-7528.

Avery SN, Clauss JA, Winder DG, Woodward N, Heckers S, Blackford JUBNST neurocircuitry in humansNeuroimage [print-electronic]. 2014 May 5/1/2014; 91: 311-23. PMID: 24444996, PMCID: PMC4214684, PII: S1053-8119(14)00038-X, DOI: 10.1016/j.neuroimage.2014.01.017, ISSN: 1095-9572.

Clauss JA, Avery SN, VanDerKlok RM, Rogers BP, Cowan RL, Benningfield MM, Blackford JUNeurocircuitry underlying risk and resilience to social anxiety disorderDepress Anxiety [print-electronic]. 2014 Oct; 31(10): 822-33. PMID: 24753211, PMCID: PMC4314099, DOI: 10.1002/da.22265, ISSN: 1520-6394.

Clauss JA, Seay AL, VanDerKlok RM, Avery SN, Cao A, Cowan RL, Benningfield MM, Blackford JUStructural and functional bases of inhibited temperamentSoc Cogn Affect Neurosci [print-electronic]. 2014 Dec; 9(12): 2049-58. PMID: 24493850, PMCID: PMC4249486, PII: nsu019, DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsu019, ISSN: 1749-5024.

Blackford JU, Allen AH, Cowan RL, Avery SN. Amygdala and hippocampus fail to habituate to faces in individuals with an inhibited temperamentSoc Cogn Affect Neurosci [print-electronic]. 2013 Feb; 8(2): 143-50. PMID: 22260816, PMCID: PMC3575717, PII: nsr078, DOI: 10.1093/scan/nsr078, ISSN: 1749-5024.

Blackford JU, Pine DS. Neural substrates of childhood anxiety disorders: a review of neuroimaging findingsChild Adolesc Psychiatr Clin N Am [print-electronic]. 2012 Jul; 21(3): 501-25. PMID: 22800991, PMCID: PMC3489468, PII: S1056-4993(12)00037-5, DOI: 10.1016/j.chc.2012.05.002, ISSN: 1558-0490.

Clauss JA, Blackford JUBehavioral inhibition and risk for developing social anxiety disorder: a meta-analytic studyJ Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry [print-electronic]. 2012 Oct; 51(10): 1066-1075.e1. PMID: 23021481, PMCID: PMC3611590, PII: S0890-8567(12)00592-8, DOI: 10.1016/j.jaac.2012.08.002, ISSN: 1527-5418.