Rachael Blackman

Ph.D. 2013

E-MAIL: black343@umn.edu

Thesis Title:

Neural basis of context processing dysfunction in schizophrenia: A monkey model

Current Position:

Adult Psychiatry Residency Training Program, Brown University

Undergraduate Institution and Major/Degree:

B.S. Neuroscience, May 2004, Lafayette College, Easton, PA

Major Advisor:

Matt Chafee, Ph.D.

Current Position:

Department of Psychiatry, Brown University, Rhode Island

Research Description:

My research project involves the development of a
non-human primate model for studying the physiological impact of abnormal
synaptic transmission in schizophrenia using a cellular approach.

Lab Rotations:

  • James Ashe
  • Michael Georgieff
  • Matthew Chafee

Courses Taken Beyond the Core Courses:

  • Medical school courses
  • BMEN 2401-Biomedical Programming

Graduate Level Minor:

  • Medicine

Conferences Attended and Presentations:

Conferences Attended:

  • Society for Neuroscience, 2008, 2011

Conference Presentations:

  • MD/PhD Student Conference-Summer 2012
  • Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference-Spring 2012
  • Society for Neuroscience-Fall 2011
  • American Society for Clinical Investigation/Association of American Physicians Joint Meeting-Spring 2009

Committee Members:

  • Timothy Ebner-Chair
  • Matthew Chafee
  • Angus MacDonald III
  • Chad Marsolek

Publications and Presentations:


  • Blackman RK, Crowe DA, DeNicola AL, Sakellaridi S, MacDonald AW III, Chafee MV.  Monkey prefrontal neurons reflect logical operations for cognitive control in a variant of the AX continuous performance task (AX-CPT).  Journal of Neuroscience 2016;36: 4067-79
  • Crowe DA, Goodwin SJ, Blackman RK, Sakellaridi S, Sponheim SR, MacDonald AW III, Chafee MV.  Neural signals reflecting the executive control of cognition are selectively transmitted from prefrontal to posterior parietal neurons. Nature Neuroscience. 2013;16:1484-1491.
  • Blackman RK, MacDonald AW III, Chafee MV.  Effects of ketamine on context processing performance in monkeys – A new animal model of cognitive deficits in schizophrenia.  Neuropsychopharmacology 2013;38:2090-2100.  PMCID: 23660706.
  • Abbs B, Achalia RM, Adelufosi AO, Aktener AY, Beveridge NJ, Bhakta SG, Blackman RK, et al. The 3rd Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference, 14-18 April 2012, Florence, Italy: Summaries of oral sessions. Schizophrenia Research. 2012;141:e1-e24. PMID: 22910407
  • Goodwin SJ, Blackman RK, Sakellaridi S, Chafee MV. Executive control over cognition: Stronger and earlier rule-based modulation of spatial category signals in prefrontal cortex relative to parietal cortex. Journal of Neuroscience 2012;32(10): 3499-3515.
  • Harty TP, Dib-Hajj SD, Tyrell L, Blackman R, Hisama FM, Rose JB, Waxman S. Na(V)1.7 mutant A863P in erythromelalgia: effects of altered activation and steady-state inactivation on excitability of nociceptive DRG neurons. Journal of Neuroscience 2006;26: 12566-12575.

Invited Talks:

  • Oral Presentations: Graduate Program in Neuroscience Retreat-Spring 2012
  • Center for Cognitive Sciences Spring Research Day-Spring 2010

Awards and Honors:

  • Center for Cognitive Sciences trainee, 2008-2009, 2009-2010
  • Wilfred Wetzel Graduate Fellowship 2010
  • American Physician Scientists Association 2009 Annual Meeting Travel Award
  • Schizophrenia International Research Society Conference Travel Award 2012

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association for the Advancement of Science American Holistic Medical Association
  • American Physician Scientists Association                                                                            
  • American Psychiatric Association                                             
  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Sigma Xi              

Home Town:

  • Warwick, RI
Rachael Blackman