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Biobehavioral Experimental Therapeutics Research Lab (BETR)

The Biobehavioral Experimental Therapeutics Research (BETR) lab seeks to discover therapeutic change mechanisms in psychosocial interventions that improve patient outcomes in depression. Using an experimental therapeutics approach in which we identify, intervene, and interrupt processes associated with depression, we apply this knowledge to develop and test new neuro-informed behavioral treatments for depression to serve our community here in Chicago and beyond. Other interests include (a) building our lab’s capabilities to leverage neuroscience discoveries, specifically that of reinforcement learning in decision-making, to optimize women’s health; (b) collaborating with researchers to provide clinical training and consultation on behavioral interventions in collaborative care and community mental health programs. 

Our Facilities

Housed in the Asher Center, our lab has space for structured interviewing, neurocognitive testing, implicit stimulus presentations and data analyses for neuroimaging data (SPM), and psychophysiological protocols. 

Our Success

Recent Publications

These publications reflect excellent collaborations and are available on faculty profile of lab director Jackie Gollan, PhD.

Awards (Select)

Summer Fellow, National Institutes of Health, Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research, Fellow, Stanford University & University of Pittsburgh Collaborative Research Institute, Pioneer Award, Institute for Women’s Health Research at Northwestern University, Steiner Young Investigator Award.

Grants & Funding

National Institute of Mental Health, National Cancer Institute, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, Education Foundation of America, Ken and Ruth Davee Award for Innovative Investigations in Affective Disorders, Brain Research Foundation, Braun Family, Greek Orthodox Ladies Philoptochos Society, Women’s Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital.

Recent Graduates

Our lab is a training setting that actively supports the research careers of Ph.D. and M.D. trainees and postdoctoral fellows. List of alumni available upon request.

Contact Us

Contact our director Jackie Gollan, PhD,

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