Angus MacDonald

TRiCAM Director and Professor of Psychology


  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Clinical Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Western Psychiatric Institute & Clinic, Department of Psychiatry University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, 2002
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology Program, University of Pittsburgh, 2001
  • B.A., Psychology & Philosophy, Amherst College, Amherst, MA, 1990

Research Interests

Basic cognitive and affective neuroscience using fMRI, the neural and genetic bases of schizophrenia and other mental illnesses, and the psychometrics of measuring group differences

Selected Publications

  • Kerns, J.G., Cohen, J.D., MacDonald, A.W, III, Johnson, M.K., Stenger, V.A., Aizenstein, H.J., Carter, C.S. (2005). Decreased conflict and error-related activity in the anterior cingulate cortex in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 1833-1839. PMID:16199829
  • MacDonald, A.W., III, Carter, C.S., Kerns, J.G., Ursu, S., Barch, D.M., Holmes, A.J., Stenger, V.A., & Cohen, J.D. (2005). Specificity of prefrontal dysfunction and context processing deficits to schizophrenia in never-medicated patients with first-episode psychosis. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 475-84. PMID: 15741464
  • Snitz, B.E., MacDonald, A.W., III, Cohen, J.D., Becker, T., Carter, C.S. (2005). Lateral and medial hypofrontality in first-episode schizophrenia: Functional activity in a medication-naïve state and effects of short-term atypical antipsychotic treatment. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162, 2322-2329. PMID: 16330597
  • Kerns, J.G., Cohen, J.D., MacDonald, A.W., III, Cho, R.Y., Stenger, V.A., & Carter, C.S. (2004). Anterior cingulate conflict monitoring and adjustments in control. Science, 303, 1023-1026. PMID:14963333
  • MacDonald, A.W., III, & Carter, C.S. (2003). Event-related fMRI study of context processing in the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112, 689-697. PMID: 14674880
  • MacDonald, A.W., III, Pogue-Geile, M.F, Johnson, M.K. & Carter, C.S (2003). A specific deficit in context processing in the unaffected siblings of patients with schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry, 60, 57-65. PMID: 12511173
  • MacDonald, A.W., III, & Carter, C.S. (2002). Cognitive experimental approaches to investigating impaired cognition in schizophrenia: a paradigm shift. Journal of Experimental and Clinical Neuropsychology, 24, 873-882. PMID: 12647766
  • Carter, C.S., MacDonald, A.W., III, Ross, L.L., Stenger, V.A. (2001). Anterior cingulate cortex and impaired self-monitoring of performance in schizophrenia: an event-related fMRI study. American Journal of Psychiatry, 158, 1423-1428. PMID: 11532726
  • MacDonald, A.W., III, Pogue-Geile, M.F., Debski, T.T., & Manuck, S. (2001). Genetic and environmental influences on schizotypy: A community-based twin study. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 27, 47-58. PMID: 11215549
  • MacDonald, A.W., III, Cohen, J.D., Stenger, V.A., & Carter, C.S. (2000). Dissociating the role of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and anterior cingulate cortex in cognitive control. Science, 288, 1835-1838. PMID: 1084616

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