Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Clinical Staff

Antonia Kaczkurkin, Ph.D. Antonia Kaczkurkin, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ph.D., 2014
University of Minnesota

Antonia Kaczkurkin, Ph.D., is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Center for the Treatment and Study of Anxiety (CTSA) in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. She received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology from the University of Arizona and her Master’s and Doctoral degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Minnesota under the mentorship of Dr. Shmuel Lissek. As a graduate student, she was a National Science Foundation fellow. Dr. Kaczkurkin completed her clinical internship at the Hennepin County Medical Center before joining CTSA in 2014. She is currently a fellow in the Postdoctoral Fellowship for Academic Diversity program. Dr. Kaczkurkin has a special interest in conducting research on the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of anxiety disorders. Specific research interests include studying fear processes in individuals with anxiety disorders using psychophysiological measures (electroencephalography (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPs), startle blink EMG, and skin conductance) and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). Her pre-doctoral research includes investigating the generalization of conditioned fear in veterans with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and exploring event-related potentials such as error-related negativity in individuals with obsessive- compulsive disorder. Dr. Kaczkurkin is currently gaining a specialization at the CTSA in Prolonged Exposure Therapy (PE) for PTSD, Exposure and Response Prevention (EX/RP) for OCD, and cognitive-behavioral treatment for eating disorders, social anxiety, panic disorder, specific phobias, and generalized anxiety.

Selected Publications

  • Kaczkurkin, A. N., & Lissek, S. M. (2014). Generalization of conditioned fear and obsessive-compulsive traits. Journal of Psychology and Psychotherapy: Cognitive and Experimental Psychology, S7(003), 1-7.
  • Lissek, S., Kaczkurkin, A. N., Rabin, S., Geraci, M., Pine, D. S., & Grillon, C. (2014). Generalized anxiety disorder is associated with overgeneralization of classically conditioned-fear. Biological Psychiatry, 75(11), 909-915.
  • Kaczkurkin, A. N. (2013). The effect of manipulating task difficulty on error-related negativity: Divergence between reinforcement learning and error of commission tasks.Biological Psychology, 93, 122-131.
  • Scheres, A., Tontsch, C., Thoeny, A. L., & Kaczkurkin, A. (2010). Temporal reward discounting in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: The contribution of symptom domains, reward magnitude, and session length. Biological Psychiatry, 67, 641-648.

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