Office: Muenzinger D321B
Research and Teaching Interests: Dr. Kaiser is a clinical psychologist who uses integrated behavioral, developmental, and neuroscientific methods to understand Major Depression and related affective disorders. Together with members of her research laboratory, Dr. Kaiser is working to understand neurocognitive dysfunction in depression, including abnormalities in the structure, molecular signaling, and coordinated activity of brain networks involved in emotion regulation. Dr. Kaiser explores these topics from a developmental perspective, with special interest in using neurocognitive risk markers to predict the onset and course of mood disorders in teens or young adults. Clinically, Dr. Kaiser is testing how neurocognitive functioning may be enhanced to foster affective health, with the goal of translating basic science into improved treatment and emotional wellness.
Biography: Dr. Kaiser received a dual-Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology and Neuroscience in 2013 from the University of Colorado Boulder, completing her predoctoral Clinical Internship at Yale University School of Medicine. After receiving her doctoral degree, Dr. Kaiser trained as a postdoctoral Fellow in affective and translational neuroscience at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital in the Center for Depression, Anxiety, and Stress Research (2013-2016). Dr. Kaiser launched the RADD Lab as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at UCLA (2016-2018), and moved the lab to Boulder in 2018. Dr. Kaiser is now an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder.
Responsibilities: Dr. Kaiser is director of the RADD Lab and Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at CU Boulder.
Fun Facts: Dr. Kaiser has lived in six states and three countries, but her favorite place to be is right here in Colorado.
Kaiser, R. H., Snyder, H. R., Goer, F. Clegg, R., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (in press). Attention bias in rumination and depression: Cognitive mechanisms and brain networks. Clinical Psychological Science.doi: pending
Olson, E. A., Kaiser, R. H., Pizzagalli, D. A., Rauch, S. L., & Rosso, I. M. (2017). Anhedonia in PTSD: Functional connectivity and decision-making correlates. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. doi: 10.1016/j.bpsc.2017.10.008 PMC Journal – In Process
Kaiser, R. H., Treadway, M. T., Wooten, D. W., Kumar, P., Goer, F., Murray, L. M., Beltzer, M., Pechtel, P., Whitton, A. E., Cohen, A. L., Alpert, N. M., El Fakhri, G., Normandin, M., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2017). Frontostriatal and Dopamine Markers of Individual Differences in Reinforcement Learning: A Multi-modal Investigation. Cerebral Cortex.Epub Oct 31, 2017. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhx281 PMID: 29121332 PMC Journal – In Process
Admon, R.,* Kaiser, R. H.,* Dillon, D. G., Beltzer, M., Goer, F., Olson, D., Vitaliano, G., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2017). Dopaminergic enhancement of striatal response to reward in Major Depression. American Journal of Psychiatry, 174, 374-386.*authors contributed equally. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2016.16010111 PMID: 27771973 PMCID: PMC5378658
Kaiser, R. H., Clegg, R., Goer, F., Pechtel, P., Beltzer, M., Vitaliano, G., Olson, D., Teicher, M., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2017) Childhood stress, grown-up brain networks: Corticolimbic correlates of threat-related early life stress and adult stress response. Epub Sept 25, 2017 Psychological Medicine.doi: 10.1017/S0033291717002628 PMID: 28942738 PMCID: PMC5867194
Mackiewicz Seghete, K. L., Kaiser R. H., DePrince, A. P., & Banich, M. T. (2017). General and emotion-specific alterations to cognitive control in women with a history of childhood abuse. Neuroimage: Clinical, 16, 151-164.doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2017.06.030 PMID: 28794976 PMCID: PMC5540826
Kaiser, R. H., Whitfield-Gabrieli, S., Dillon, D. G., Goer, F., Beltzer, M., Minkel, J., Smoski, M., Dichter, G., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2016). Dynamic resting-state functional connectivity in Major Depression. Neuropsychopharmacology, 41,1822-1830. doi: 10.1038/npp.2015.352PMID: 26632990 PMCID: PMC4869051
Kaiser, R. H., Andrews-Hanna, J., Wager, T., & Pizzagalli, D. A. (2015). Large-scale network dysfunction in Major Depressive Disorder: A meta-analysis of resting-state functional connectivity. Journal of the American Medical Association: Psychiatry, 72,603-611. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2015.0071PMID: 25785575 PMCID: PMC4456260
Kaiser, R. H., Andrews-Hanna, J., Spielberg, J. M., Warren, S. L., Sutton, B. P., Miller, G. A., Heller, W., & Banich, M. T. (2015). Distracted and down: Neural substrates and network dynamics of affective interference in subclinical depression. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 654-663.doi: 10.1093/scan/nsu100PMID: 25062838 PMCID: PMC4420741
Kaiser,R. H., Andrews-Hanna, J., Metcalf, C., & Dimidjian, S. (2015). Dwell or decenter? Rumination and decentering predict working memory functioning after affective challenge. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 39, 744-753. doi:10.1007/s10608-015-9697-1