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Investigating Decision-making and Reward In Schizophrenia 

James A. Waltz, Ph.D.
 
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Assistant Professor

Department of Psychiatry

University of Maryland School of Medicine

 

Date: March 7, 2014

 

 

Contact Information

 

Business Address:

University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry

Maryland Psychiatric Research Center (MPRC)

P.O. Box 21247

Baltimore, MD 21228

USA

 

Business Phone Number: (410) 402-6044

Business Fax: (410) 402-7198

 

E-mail: jwaltz[at]mprc.umaryland.edu

 

Languages: English (native), German (fluent)

 

 

Education

 

1990 – 1994 BA, Psychology (Cognitive Science), Yale University, New Haven, CT

1994 – 1995 MA, Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), UCLA

1995 – 1999 PhD, Psychology (Cognitive Neuroscience), UCLA Post Graduate Education and Training

 

 

Post Graduate Education and Training

 

1999 – 2004 Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurophysiology Department, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt a.M., Germany

2000 Course in experimental animal basics and animal experimental methods Academy for Supplementary Education at the Universities of Heidelberg and Mannheim,Germany

2004 – 2006 Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept Psychiatry/MPRC, UMSOM2007 Course in Neuropharmacology: Basic to Clinical Approaches (GPiLS 604), UMB Graduate Program in the Life Sciences

 

 

Academic Appointments

 

2006 – present Assistant Professor, Dept Psychiatry/MPRC, UMSOM

 

 

Professional Memberships

 

1995 – present Society for Neuroscience

1995 – present Cognitive Neuroscience Society

2008 American Psychological Society

 

 

Honors and Awards

 

1990 – 1994 National Merit Scholarship

1990 – 1994 Academic Scholarship, McDermott, Inc.

1994 – 1995 University Fellowship, University of California

1995 Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

1996 Honorable Mention, Department of Defense Graduate Research Fellowship

1996 Honorable Mention, National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship

1996 – 1997 Ursula Mandel Fellowship, University of California

1998 – 1999 National Research Service Award, National Institutes of Health

1998 – 1999 Predoctoral Fellowship, John Douglas French Foundation for Alzheimer's Research

1999 Joseph A. Gingerelli Award for the Distinguished Dissertation, Psychology Dept, UCLA

1999 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Alexander von Humboldt Foundation (declined)

1999 – 2000 Postdoctoral Fellowship, John Douglas French Foundation for Alzheimer's Research

1999 – 2003 Postdoctoral Fellowship, McDonnell-Pew Program in Cognitive Neuroscience

2003 – 2004 Postdoctoral Fellowship, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research

2004 – 2006 Postdoctoral Fellowship, UMSOM/MPRC

2009 H. McKee Jarboe Award for Outstanding Research in Psychiatry, UMSOMAdministrative Service

 

 

Administrative Service

 

Institutional Service

 

2007 - 2008 Member, UMSOM Institutional Review Board

2012 - present Member, UMSOM Council

2013 Grant Reviewer and Study Section Member, UMB-UMCP Seed Grant Competition

2013 Grant Reviewer and Study Section Member, UMB-UMBC Seed Grant Competition

 

 

National/International Service

 

Ad-hoc Journal Reviewer:

2003 - present Cerebral Cortex

2005 - present Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society

2008 - present Schizophrenia Bulletin

2009 - present Biological Psychiatry; Schizophrenia Research; Human Brain Mapping

2010 - present Cognition 2011 – present JAMA Psychiatry; Public Library of Science - ONE

2012 - present Psychiatry Research; Journal of Clinical Psychiatry

2013 - present Molecular Psychiatry; Neuropsychopharmacology; Frontiers in Human Neuroscience; Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience; Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience; Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews; Progress in NeuroPsychopharmacology & Biological Psychiatry

 

Journal Action Editor:

2013 Schizophrenia Bulletin, Frontiers in Schizophrenia

 

Ad-hoc Grant Reviewer:

2010 Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO)

2011 National Science Foundation

2014 Polish National Science Centre

 

Other:

2013 Young Investigator Mentor, International Congress on Schizophrenia Research

 

 

Teaching Service

 

UCLA:

6/1995 - 8/1995 Teaching Assistant, Psychology 120, Cognitive Psychology

1/1996 - 6/1996 Teaching Assistant, Psychology 120, Cognitive Psychology

1/1997 - 4/1997 Teaching Assistant, Psychology 42, Research Methods

4/1997 - 6/1997 Teaching Associate, Psychology 116, Laboratory for Behavioral Neuroscience

9/1997 - 12/1997 Teaching Associate, Psychology 85, Introduction to Cognitive Science

1/1998 - 3/1998 Teaching Associate, Psychology 121, Laboratory for Cognitive PsychologyJohann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M., Germany

9/2001 – 5/2002 Lecturer, Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2 hours/week, 15 students

9/2002 – 5/2003 Lecturer, Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2 hours/week, 15 studentsUMSOM

9/2007 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2009 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2011 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2012 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2013 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2013 Lecturer, GPLS 781, Translational Psychiatry, 2 hours, 12 students

 

Johann-Wolfgang-Goethe University, Frankfurt a.M., Germany:

9/2001 – 5/2002 Lecturer, Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2 hours/week, 15 students

9/2002 – 5/2003 Lecturer, Seminar in Cognitive Neuroscience, 2 hours/week, 15 studentsUMSOM

9/2007 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2009 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2011 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2012 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2013 Lecturer, CAPP Med Student Psychiatry Mini-Elective, 2 hours, 6 students

4/2013 Lecturer, GPLS 781, Translational Psychiatry, 2 hours, 12 students Mentoring

 

 

Mentoring

1 Post-doctoral Research Fellow, for a total of 1 year

1 Post-baccalaureate Research Analyst, for a total of 1 year

3 Post-baccalaureate Research Assistants, for a total of 5 years

 

 

Grant Support

 

Active Grants

 

4/1/2012 – 3/31/2017

Principal Investigator (40% effort, 40% salary support)

"Neurocomputational and fMRI Studies of Motivational Deficits in Schizophrenia"

NIH R01 MH094460-01A1

Annual Direct Costs: $400,286

Total Direct Costs: $2,001,428

 

8/1/2013 – 7/31/2018 Co-Investigator (25% effort, 25% salary support; PI: J. Gold)

"Clinical and Computational Studies of Dopamine Function in Schizophrenia"

NIH 2 R01 MH080066-06A1

Annual Direct Costs: $500,000

Total Direct Costs: $2,500,000

 

 

Completed Grants

 

3/1/2010 – 2/29/2012 Principal Investigator (20% in Year 1, 40% in Year 2)

"Neuroimaging of Food Reinforcer Processing in Schizophrenia"

NIH R21 MH086739 (PI: J. Waltz)

Received funds for research assistant and operational costs

Annual Direct Costs: $206,250

Total Direct Costs: $412,500

 

7/15/2006 – 7/14/2011 Project PI (Contract PI: D. Kelly)

Contract Title: Residential Research Support Services

Project Title: Neuroimaging of Reward-based Learning in Schizophrenia

Contract No. HHSN271200599091C/ADB; Contract No. N0 1DA-5-9909

Received funds for research assistant and operational costs

Annual Direct Costs (Project): $291,806/4 years

Total Direct Costs (Project): $291,806/4 years

Total Costs (Grant): $13,074,663/7 years

 

7/15/2006 – 7/14/2011 Project PI (75%; PI: A. Shuldiner)

Program Title: UM SOM Multidisciplinary Clinical Research Career DevelopmentProgram

Project Title: Neuroimaging of Reward-based Learning in Schizophrenia

NIH 5 K12 RR023250-02

Received funds for research assistant and operational costs

Annual Direct Costs (Project): $425,166/5 years

Total Direct Costs (Project): $425,166/5 years

Total Costs (Grant $13,285,225/5 years

 

 

Publications

 

Google Scholar Profile

 

 

updated April 2014