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Entered PhD Program in 2017

Kristan Armstrong


  • BA, Maryville College
  • MSSW, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Research Interests

My research interests include understanding the cause and dynamic psychosocial and psychopathological factors influencing the course and outcome of psychotic disorders. I am also specifically interested in understanding the impact of the family in recovery for patients with early psychosis. Further, I am interested in intervention research with the evidence based practice of family psychoeducation in early psychosis.


Select Publications

Armstrong K, Williams L, Kose S, Woolard A, Heckers S. (2010) Impaired associative inference in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 38 (3), 622-629. PMID 21134974.

Armstrong, K, Williams, L, & Heckers, S. (2012) Revised associative inference paradigm confirms relational memory impairment in schizophrenia. Neuropsychology, 26 (4), 451-458. PMID 22612578.

Seldin, K, Armstrong, K, Schiff, M, & Heckers, S. (2017) Reducing the diagnostic heterogeneity of schizoaffective disorder. Frontiers in Psychiatry, 8 (18), 1-6. PMID: 28239362.

Korade, Z, Liu, W, Warren, EB, Armstrong, K, Porter, N, & Konradi, C. (2017) Effect of psychotropic drug treatment on sterol metabolism. Schizophrenia Research, 187, 74-81. PMID: 28202290.?


Research Projects, Funded Research, or Grants

National Institute of Mental Health RO1 (awarded to Stephan Heckers): Imaging Hippocampal Function in Psychosis. Key Study Personnel, Program Coordinator at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Department of Psychiatry. This project explores diverse psychopathological, cognitive, and psychosocial functioning factors to explain the course of illness and structural and functional brain changes in early psychosis patients.

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