2002-2008: Ph.D. (APA Accredited), Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Dissertation: “Positive Emotion Processing Deficits in Schizophrenia”
Advisor: Daniel N. Allen, PhD
2007-2008: Clinical Internship (APA Accredited), University of Illinois Medical Center - Chicago, Department of Psychiatry, Clinical Neuropsychology Specialization (APA Division 40 Approved)
2002-2004: M.A. (APA Accredited), Clinical Psychology, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Thesis: “Attention and Memory Bias for Positive Emotional Words”
Advisor: Daniel N. Allen, PhD
1998-2002: B.S., Magna Cum Laude with High Honors, Psychology, University of Georgia
Honors Thesis: “The Influence of Unit Size on the Development of Stroop Interference in Early Word Decoding”
Advisor: Paula J. Schwanenflugel, PhD
Dr. Strauss is currently an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and the Maryland Psychiatric Research Center, where he is conducting research on emotion and motivation in individuals with schizophrenia.
Research InterestsDr. Strauss’ research focuses on the etiology, assessment, and treatment of negative symptoms in schizophrenia. His recent studies examine emotion and motivation using a combination of behavioral, genetic, eye-tracking, and event related potential techniques.
Clinical SpecialityAdult Clinical Neuropsychology; Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Lab Techniques and EquipmentEye-tracking, Event-Related Potential, Neuropsychological Assessment
Grants & Contracts:
Motivated Attention and Avolition in Individuals with Schizophrenia
(PI: GP Strauss)
10/01/10 - 09/30/2015
The study examines early emotion processing abnormalities in schizophrenia, and attempts to identify precise cognitive mechanisms that contribute to abnormal attention-emotion interactions in schizophrenia. Career development activities include training in Event Related Potential and Eye-Tracking technology, as well as the theoretical basis of cognitive/affective neuroscience.
Oxytocin and Social Cognition in Schizophrenia
MIRECC Pilot Grant (PI: GP Strauss)
10/01/2011 to 09/30/2012
The study examines the relationship between plasma oxytocin levels and measures of social cognition, emotional experience, emotion perception, and emotional memory in schizophrenia.
Selected Recent Publications
Strauss, G.P., & Gold, J.M. (in press). A New Perspective on Anhedonia in Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry.
Strauss, G.P., Gold, J.M., Cohen, A.S. (in press). Anticipatory and consummatory pleasure deficits across the schizophrenia spectrum. Psychiatry Research.
Strauss, G.P., Allen, D.N., Miski, P., Kirkpatrick, B., Buchanan, R.W., Carpenter, W.T. (in press). Differential patterns of premorbid academic and social deterioration in deficit and non-deficit schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research.
Cohen, A.S., Callaway, D., Najolia, G.M., Larsen, J., Strauss, G.P. (in press). On â?oriskâ? and reward: state anhedonia in psychometrically-defined schizotypy but not schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
Gold, J.M., Waltz, J.A., Matveeva, T.M., Kasanova, Z, Strauss, G.P., Herbener, E.S., Collins, A.G.E., Frank, M.J. (in press). Negative symptoms in schizophrenia result from a failure to represent the expected value of rewards: Behavioral and computational modeling evidence. Archives of General Psychiatry.
Strauss, G.P., Robinson, B.M., Waltz, J.A., Frank, M.J., Kasanova, Z., Herbener, E.S., Gold, J.M. (2011). Patients with Schizophrenia Demonstrate Inconsistent Preference Judgments for Affective and Non-Affective Stimuli. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37, 1295-1304.
Barney, S.J., Allen, D.N., Thaler, N.S., Park, B.S., Strauss, G.P., Mayfield, J. (2011). Neuropsychological and Behavioral Measures of Attention Assess Different Constructs in Children With Traumatic Brain Injury. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 25, 1145-1157.
Strauss, G.P., Llerena, K., Gold, J.M. (2011). Attentional Disengagement from Emotional Stimuli in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 131, 219-223.
Strauss, G.P., Herbener, E.S. (2011). Patterns of Emotional Experience in Schizophrenia: Differences in Emotional Response to Visual Stimuli are Associated with Clinical Presentation and Functional Outcome. Schizophrenia Research, 128, 117-123.
Strauss, G.P., Wilbur, R.C., Warren, K.R., August, S.M., Gold, J.M. (2011). Anticipatory vs. Consummatory Pleasure: What is the Nature of Hedonic Deficits in Schizophrenia? Psychiatry Research, 187, 36-41.
Kasanova, Z., Waltz, J.A., Strauss, G.P., Frank, M.J., Gold, J.M. (2011). Optimizing vs. Matching: Response strategy in a probabilistic learning task is associated with negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 127, 215-222.
Strauss, G.P., Duke, L.A., Ross, S.A., Allen, D.N. (2011). Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and Negative Symptoms of Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37, 603-610.
Kirkpatrick, B., Strauss, G.P., Nguyen, L., Fischer, B.F., Daniel, D., Cienfuegos, A., Marder, S.R. (2011). The Brief Negative Symptom Scale: Psychometric Properties. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37, 300-305.
Strauss, G.P., Frank, M.F., Waltz, J.A., Kasanova, Z., Herbener, E.S., Gold, J.M. (2011). Deficits in Positive Reinforcement Learning and Uncertainty-Driven Exploration are Associated with Distinct Aspects of Negative Symptoms in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry, 69, 424-431.
Duke, L.A., Allen, D.N., Ross, S.A., Strauss, G.P. (2010). Neurocognitive Impairment in Schizophrenia with Comorbid PTSD. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 737-751.
Strauss, G.P., Allen, D.N., Ross, S.A., Duke, L.A., Schwartz, J. (2010). Olfactory hedonic judgment in patients with deficit syndrome schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36, 860-868.
Strauss, G.P., Harrow, M., Grossman, L.S., Rosen, C. (2010). Periods of Recovery in Deficit Syndrome Schizophrenia: A 20-Year Multifollowup Longitudinal Study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 36, 788-799.
Strauss, G.P., Jetha, S.S., Duke, L.A., Ross, S.A., Allen, D.N. (2010) Impaired Facial Affect Labeling and Discrimination in Patients with Deficit Syndrome Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 118, 146-153.
Strauss, G.P., Allen, D.N. (2009). Positive and negative emotions uniquely capture attention. Applied Neuropsychology, 16, 144-149.
Grossman, L.S., Harrow, M., Rosen, C., Faull, R., Strauss, G.P. (2008). Sex Differences in Schizophrenia and Other Psychotic Disorders: A 20-Year Longitudinal Study of Psychosis and Recovery. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 49, 523-529.
Strauss, G.P., Allen, D.N., Duke, L.A., Ross, S.A, Schwartz, J. (2008). Automatic affective processing impairments in patients with deficit syndrome schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 102, 76-87.
Allen D.N., Strauss G.P., Leany B.D., & Donohue B. (2008). Neuropsychological Assessment of Individuals with Substance Use Disorders. In A.M. Horton & D. Wedding (Eds.), The Neuropsychology Handbook, 3rd Edition. Springer Publishing Company: New York.
Lykins, A.D., Meana, M., & Strauss, G.P. (2008). Gender differences in visual attention to erotic stimuli. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 37, 219-228.
Schwanenflugel, P.J., Morris, R.D., Kuhn, M.R., Strauss, G.P., Sieczko, J.M. (2008). The influence of reading unit size on the development of Stroop interference in early word decoding. Reading and Writing: An Interdisciplinary Journal, 21, 177-203.
Strauss, G. P., & Allen, D. N. (2008). Emotional intensity and categorization ratings for emotional and non-emotional words. Cognition & Emotion, 22(1), 114-133.
Allen, D.N., Strauss, G.P., Kemtes, K.A., Goldstein, G. (2007). Hemispheric contributions to spatial problem solving. Neuropsychology, 21, 713-720.
Allen, D.N., Strauss, G.P., Donohue, B., & van Kammen, D.P. (2007). Factor analytic support for social cognition as a separable cognitive domain in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 93, 325-333.
Schwanenflugel, P.J., Meisinger, E., Wisenbaker, J.M., Kuhn, M.R., Strauss, G.P. & Morris, R.D. (2006). Becoming a fluent and automatic reader in the early elementary school years. Reading Research Quarterly, 41, 496-522.
Strauss, G. P., & Allen, D. N. (2006). The experience of positive emotion is associated with the automatic processing of positive emotional words. Journal of Positive Psychology, 1 (3), 150-159.
Allen, D.N., Forest, T.J., Frantom, L.V., & Strauss, G.P. (2006). Neuropsychology of Substance Use Disorders. In PJ Snyder & PD Nussbaum (Eds.), Clinical Neuropsychology Guidebook, 2nd Edition. Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
Strauss, G. P., Allen, D. N., Jorgensen, M. L., & Cramer, S. L. (2005). Test-Retest reliability in Stroop and Emotional Stroop Tasks: An investigation of color-word and picture-word versions. Assessment, 12 (3), 330-337.
Allen, D. N., Frantom, L.V., Strauss, G.P., & van Kammen, D.P. (2005). Differential patterns of premorbid academic and social deterioration in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 75, 389-397.
Links of InterestGold Cognitive Affective Neuroscience Schizophrenia Lab
Previous Lab at UNLV
National Academy of Neuropsychology
International Congress on Schizophrenia Research
Society for Research in Psychopathology
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