Department of Psychiatry
Penn Behavioral Health

Neuropsychiatry Section

Neuropsychiatry Section

Natalie Katchmar, BS

Natalie Katchmar, BSOriginally from Pittsburgh, PA, Natalie moved to Philadelphia in June 2011 to begin working at the Neuropsychiatry Section as the clinical research coordinator for Dr. Dan Wolf.  In May 2011, she received her BS in Biological Engineering and a minor in biomedical engineering from Cornell University.  She is the coordinator for three studies—two neuroimaging studies investigating reward system dysfunction in psychiatric illnesses and one pharmacological challenge study looking at the effects of intravenous oxytocin on social cognition in schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder. She is actively enrolling participants in the study entitled, “Neurobiology of Effort” (NEFF), which uses fMRIs to study motivation.

When Natalie is not actively running her studies, she is busy working as an ‘amateur pastry chef,’ often baking many cookies, muffins, and treats that she loves sharing with her lab.


  • Cornell University, College of Engineering - BS, Biological Engineering - Minor, Biomedical Engineering


  • Clinical Research Coordinator

Current Projects

  • Neurobiology of Effort (NEFF) [Actively enrolling]
  • Functional Neuroimaging of Reward in Schizophrenia (DAY2) [Closed to enrollment]
  • Oxytocin Effects on Social Cognitive Dysfunction in Schizophrenia and Autism Spectrum Disorder (Oxytocin) [Closed to enrollment]