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Dr. Jack Nitschke earned his degree at the University of Illinois - Champaign-Urbana. Dr. Nitschke has a special interest in anxiety disorders, and neuroimaging.



UW Health Clinics

Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
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Hospital Affiliation(s)

University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics (primary)
Meriter Hospital (secondary)

Languages Spoken

Medical interpreters are available to help patients communicate with hospital and clinic staff. For more information, please contact interpreter services at (608) 262-9000.

Professional Certifications and Education

Education University of Illinois College of Medicine, Champaign-Urbana, IL


Our doctors provide a wide range of services. The following list represents some, but not all, of the procedures offered by this physician.

  • Psychotherapy
PubMed Articles
Grupe DW Oathes DJ Nitschke JB . Dissecting the anticipation of aversion reveals dissociable neural networks. Cereb Cortex. 2013 Aug;23(8):1874-83
[PubMed ID: 22763169]
Grupe DW Nitschke JB . Uncertainty and anticipation in anxiety: an integrated neurobiological and psychological perspective. Nat Rev Neurosci. 2013 Jul;14(7):488-501
[PubMed ID: 23783199]
McFarlin DR Kerr DL Nitschke JB . Upsampling to 400-ms resolution for assessing effective connectivity in functional magnetic resonance imaging data with Granger causality. Brain Connect. 2013;3(1):61-71
[PubMed ID: 23134194]
Tromp DP Grupe DW Oathes DJ McFarlin DR Hernandez PJ Kral TR Lee JE Adams M Alexander AL Nitschke JB . Reduced structural connectivity of a major frontolimbic pathway in generalized anxiety disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012 Sep;69(9):925-34
[PubMed ID: 22945621]
Kerr DL McLaren DG Mathy RM Nitschke JB . Controllability modulates the anticipatory response in the human ventromedial prefrontal cortex. Front Psychol. 2012;3:557
[PubMed ID: 23550176]
Grupe DW Nitschke JB . Uncertainty is associated with biased expectancies and heightened responses to aversion. Emotion. 2011 Apr;11(2):413-24
[PubMed ID: 21500909]
Nitschke JB Sarinopoulos I Oathes DJ Johnstone T Whalen PJ Davidson RJ Kalin NH . Anticipatory activation in the amygdala and anterior cingulate in generalized anxiety disorder and prediction of treatment response. Am J Psychiatry. 2009 Mar;166(3):302-10
[PubMed ID: 19122007]
Oathes DJ Nitschke JB . State of the union between cognitive neuroscience and emotion. Expert Rev Neurother. 2008 Jul;8(7):1025-7
[PubMed ID: 18590473]
Sarinopoulos I Dixon GE Short SJ Davidson RJ Nitschke JB . Brain mechanisms of expectation associated with insula and amygdala response to aversive taste: implications for placebo. Brain Behav Immun. 2006 Mar;20(2):120-32
[PubMed ID: 16472720]
Nitschke JB Dixon GE Sarinopoulos I Short SJ Cohen JD Smith EE Kosslyn SM Rose RM Davidson RJ . Altering expectancy dampens neural response to aversive taste in primary taste cortex. Nat Neurosci. 2006 Mar;9(3):435-42
[PubMed ID: 16462735]
Nitschke JB Sarinopoulos I Mackiewicz KL Schaefer HS Davidson RJ . Functional neuroanatomy of aversion and its anticipation. Neuroimage. 2006 Jan 1;29(1):106-16
[PubMed ID: 16181793]
Nitschke JB Mackiewicz KL . Prefrontal and anterior cingulate contributions to volition in depression. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2005;67:73-94
[PubMed ID: 16291020]
Nitschke JB Heller W . Distinguishing neural substrates of heterogeneity among anxiety disorders. Int Rev Neurobiol. 2005;67:1-42
[PubMed ID: 16291018]
Nitschke JB Heller W Etienne MA Miller GA . Prefrontal cortex activity differentiates processes affecting memory in depression. Biol Psychol. 2004 Oct;67(1-2):125-43
[PubMed ID: 15130528]
Urry HL Nitschke JB Dolski I Jackson DC Dalton KM Mueller CJ Rosenkranz MA Ryff CD Singer BH Davidson RJ . Making a life worth living: neural correlates of well-being. Psychol Sci. 2004 Jun;15(6):367-72
[PubMed ID: 15147488]
Nitschke JB Nelson EE Rusch BD Fox AS Oakes TR Davidson RJ . Orbitofrontal cortex tracks positive mood in mothers viewing pictures of their newborn infants. Neuroimage. 2004 Feb;21(2):583-92
[PubMed ID: 14980560]
Jackson DC Mueller CJ Dolski I Dalton KM Nitschke JB Urry HL Rosenkranz MA Ryff CD Singer BH Davidson RJ . Now you feel it, now you don't: frontal brain electrical asymmetry and individual differences in emotion regulation. Psychol Sci. 2003 Nov;14(6):612-7
[PubMed ID: 14629694]
Pizzagalli DA Nitschke JB Oakes TR Hendrick AM Horras KA Larson CL Abercrombie HC Schaefer SM Koger JV Benca RM Pascual-Marqui RD Davidson RJ . Brain electrical tomography in depression: the importance of symptom severity, anxiety, and melancholic features. Biol Psychiatry. 2002 Jul 15;52(2):73-85
[PubMed ID: 12113998]
Nitschke JB Larson CL Smoller MJ Navin SD Pederson AJ Ruffalo D Mackiewicz KL Gray SM Victor E Davidson RJ . Startle potentiation in aversive anticipation: evidence for state but not trait effects. Psychophysiology. 2002 Mar;39(2):254-8
[PubMed ID: 12212676]
Davidson RJ Pizzagalli D Nitschke JB Putnam K . Depression: perspectives from affective neuroscience. Annu Rev Psychol. 2002;53:545-74
[PubMed ID: 11752496]