Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience
Sarah Keedy’s research initiatives target the neurocognitive mechanisms underlying psychosis and, in particular, hallucinations. She also studies how medications do and do not help, which is important given the stagnation in new treatment development for psychiatric disorders, and the lack of efficacy that medications have for all aspects of mental illnesses. In part, her work is focused on evaluating the treatments that are currently in place and trying to understand why they work, and more sensitively assessing the aspects of the complex symptoms that are affected.
Her studies involve the use of different types of measurements of brain functions to capture them in vivo in people with such psychotic illnesses as schizophrenia or bipolar disorder. The measurements include such state-of-theart technologies as functional magnetic resonance imaging and high-density electroencephalography, through which she assesses how the brain regions and networks that respond to stimuli and solve problems may function abnormally in psychotic individuals.
Keedy received her PhD in clinical psychology from the Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science and a BS in psychology from Oklahoma State University. She was a postdoctoral research associate/clinical neuropsychology fellow at the University of Illinois at Chicago from 2004 to 2006.
Keedy joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2012.