Lindsay S. Schenkel, Ph.D.


I am a Clinical Psychologist, with expertise in developmental psychopathology and serious mental illness. I received my Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and completed my Clinical Internship and Residency at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago. Prior to coming to RIT, I held positions at Seton Hall University, the Center for Cognitive Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the Weill Medical College of Cornell University - New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

My primary research interests are in risk factors associated with the development of psychopathology, and the mediating role of social cognition in the clinical expression of serious mental illness, particularly bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. My work has focused on emotion processing in schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, and its relationship to both childhood premorbid social functioning and other aspects of cognitive functioning. I have also studied relationships between early childhood maltreatment and later outcomes in individuals with serious mental illness.

More recently, my research has examined aspects related to pediatric bipolar disorder (PBD), including neurocognitive functioning, CBT/parent-training and group psychotherapy, premorbid temperament characteristics, parent-child relationships, emotion processing, and the development of perspective taking in this group. Currently, I am investigating social-cognitive processing and psychosocial adjustment in children and adolescents with PBD. In particular, I am examining the underlying mechanisms associated with emotion identification impairments in PBD using eye tracking methodology (e.g., using eye-tracking to examine visual scanning for emotional faces and videos), and the extent to which these deficits may be related to impairments in social cognition and psychosocial functioning. I have been collaborating with Drs. Jeff Pelz and Andrew Herbert in the Multidisciplinary Vision Research Laboratory (MVRL), on this project. The MVRL is an interdepartmental research collaboration between the Carlson Center for Imaging Science and the RIT Psychology department.

Courses Taught

Introduction to Clinical Psychology, Psychological Testing, Research Methods, Abnormal Psychology, Biological Bases of Mental Disorders, Introduction to Psychology


Clinical and Research Interests

Lindsay S. Schenkel, Ph.D.

Office: 06-A110

Phone: 585-475-2422