Title: Assistant Professor, Clinical Psychology, Ph.D.
Office: Coffey Hall 240
Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
B.A., Macalester College
Primary Research Interests:
1) To identify basic neural mechanisms in the interaction of positive affect (ranging dimensionally from low to high positive affect) and cognitive function, 2) to understand disorders primarily characterized by low positive affect such as depression, postpartum depression, and chronic pain disorders using basic neuroscience methods, and 3) to advance neuroscience-informed interventions that target modifiable brain structures that implement affect in order to promote physical well-being and psychological vitality.
For additional information about our Well-being and Emotion Lab at Loyola (WELL LAB) please visit our webpage: www.siltonlab.org.
Szekely, A., Silton, R.L., Heller, W., Miller, G.A., & Mohanty, A. (In press). Differential functional connectivity of rostral anterior cingulate cortex during emotional interference. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.
Bates, C., Bohnert, A., Ward, A., Burdette, K., Kliethermes, S., Silton, R.L., Welch, S.B., & Dugas, L. (2016). Sleep is in for summer: Patterns of sleep and physical activity in urban minority girls. Journal of Pediatric Psychology.
Stockdale, L.A., Morrison, R.G., Kmeick, M.J., Garbarino, J. & Silton, R.L. (2015). Emotionally anesthetized: Media violence exposure induces changes during emotional face processing. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 10, 1373-1382.
Bohnert, A., Ward, A., Burdette, K., Silton, R.L., & Dugas, L. (2014). An interdisciplinary evaluation of a community-based summertime program targeting obesogenic behaviors of low-income, ethnic minority girls. New Directions for Youth Development, 143, 133 – 150.
Fisher, J.E., Miller, G.A., Sass, S.M., Silton, R.L., Edgar, J.C., Stewart, J.L., Zhou, J., & Heller, W. (2014). Neural correlates of suspiciousness and interactions with anxiety during emotional and neutral word processing. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology, 5:596. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00596
Sass, S.M., Heller, W., Fisher, J.E., Silton, R.L., Stewart, J.L., Crocker, L.D., J. Christopher Edgar, Mimnaugh, K.J., & Miller, G.A. (2014). Electrophysiological evidence of the time course of attentional bias in nonpatients reporting symptoms of depression with and without co-occurring anxiety. Frontiers in Psychology, Personality Science and Individual Differences, 5:301. Doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00301
Rainey, V. R., Flores, V., Morrison, R. G., David, E. J. R., & Silton, R.L. (2014). Mental health risk factors associated with childhood language brokering. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 35, 463 – 478.
Spielberg, J. M., Heller, W., Silton, R.L., Stewart, J. L., & Miller, G. A. (2011). Approach and avoidance profiles distinguish dimensions of anxiety and depression. Cognitive Research and Therapy, 35, 359-371.
Silton, R.L., Heller, W., Towers, D.N., Engels, A.S., Edgar, J.C., Spielberg, J.M., Sass, S.M., Stewart, J.L., Sutton, B.P., Banich, M.T., & Miller, G.A. (2011). Depression and anxiety distinguish frontocingulate cortical activity during top-down attentional control. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2, 272-285.
Warren, S.L., Bost, K.K., Roisman, G.I., Silton, R.L., Spielberg, J.M., Engels, A.S., Choi, E., Sutton, B.P., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2010). Effects of adult attachment and emotional distractors on brain mechanisms of cognitive control. Psychological Science, 21, 1818-1826.
Bredemeier, K., Spielberg, J.M., Silton, R.L., Berenbaum, H., Heller, W., & Miller, G.A. (2010). Screening for depressive disorders using the mood and anxiety symptoms questionnaire anhedonic depression scale: A receiver-operating characteristic analysis. Psychological Assessment, 22, 702-710.
Fisher, J.E., Sass, S.M., Heller, W., Silton, R.L., Edgar, J.C., Stewart, J.L., & Miller, G.A. (2010). Time course of processing emotional stimuli as a function of perceived emotional intelligence, anxiety, and depression. Emotion, 10, 486 – 497.
Sass, S. M., Heller, W., Stewart, J.L., Silton, R.L., Edgar, J.C., Fisher, J.E., and Miller, G.A. (2010). Time course of attentional bias in anxiety: Emotion and gender specificity. Psychophysiology, 47, 247-259.
Silton, R.L., Miller, G.A., Towers, D.N., Engels, A.S., Edgar, J.C., Spielberg, J.M., Sass, S.M., Stewart, J.L. Sutton, B.P., Banich, M.T., & Heller, W. (2010). The time course of anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortical activity during top-down attentional control. NeuroImage, 50, 1292 – 1302.
Stewart, J.L., Silton, R.L., Sass, S.M., Fisher, J.E., Edgar, J.C., Heller, W., & Miller, G.A. (2010). Attentional bias to negative emotion as a function of approach and withdrawal anger styles: An ERP investigation. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 76, 9 -18.