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Michael W Schlund

Chairman of Department of Psychiatry
Department of Cardiology
Universal College of Learning


Dr. Michael W. Schlund is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins University, Research Scientist in the Department of Behavior Analysis at the University of North Texas (UNT) and adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pittsburgh. Dr. Schlund conducts translational neuroimaging and behavioral research on approach and avoidance learning processes in anxiety and depression. Funded by NIH and an UNT research endowment, Dr. Schlund’s research uses learning and behavioral economic perspectives to understand negative biases in approach-avoidance decision making, altered cost-benefit analyses and reward dysfunction. This work has advanced our understanding of avoidance-based coping in psychopathology. Dr. Schlund has published over 25 peer-reviewed papers and regularly serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for NIH and a variety of high-impact behavioral, cognitive neuroscience and neurophysiological journals. He is a long time member of the Association for Behavior Analysis and the Society for Neuroscience.

Research Interest

Dr. Michael W. Schlund research involves the application of functional magnetic resonance imaging to improve our understanding of the neural correlates of cognitive and behavior change, especially brain regions that encourage spontaneous novel adaptive behavior. Current research focuses on the distributed neural networks supporting approach, avoidance and escape behavior, relational learning (stimulus equivalence) and dysfunction associated with generalized anxiety disorder, depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder.

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