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Heather C. Abercrombie, PhD Print Friendly Page

Faculty, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health

Dr. Heather C. Abercrombie received her training at the University of Wisconsin - Madison and completed her fellowship at Stanford University and UW Hospital and Clinics. Dr. Abercrombie’s interests are stress, cortisol and memory function, and mindfulness in psychiatric practice.



UW Health Clinics

Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
(608) 232-3171 | (888)703-2778 | Map

Hospital Affiliation(s)

University Hospital (primary)
UnityPoint Health - Meriter (secondary)

UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Psychiatry

Professional Certifications and Education

Education University of Wisconsin - Madison, Madison, WI
Fellowship Stanford University
University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics, Madison, WI

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


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

  • Group Psychotherapy
  • Psychiatric Diagnostic Evaluations
  • Psychotherapy
PubMed Articles
Abercrombie HC Wirth MM Hoks RM . Inter-individual differences in trait negative affect moderate cortisol's effects on memory formation: preliminary findings from two studies. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2012 May;37(5):693-701
[PubMed ID: 21955834]
Abercrombie HC Jahn AL Davidson RJ Kern S Kirschbaum C Halverson J . Cortisol's effects on hippocampal activation in depressed patients are related to alterations in memory formation. J Psychiatr Res. 2011 Jan;45(1):15-23
[PubMed ID: 21220074]
Jahn AL Fox AS Abercrombie HC Shelton SE Oakes TR Davidson RJ Kalin NH . Subgenual prefrontal cortex activity predicts individual differences in hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal activity across different contexts. Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Jan 15;67(2):175-81
[PubMed ID: 19846063]
Abercrombie HC Chambers AS Greischar L Monticelli RM . Orienting, emotion, and memory: phasic and tonic variation in heart rate predicts memory for emotional pictures in men. Neurobiol Learn Mem. 2008 Nov;90(4):644-50
[PubMed ID: 18755284]
Abercrombie HC Speck NS Monticelli RM . Endogenous cortisol elevations are related to memory facilitation only in individuals who are emotionally aroused. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2006 Feb;31(2):187-96
[PubMed ID: 16225997]
Abercrombie HC Kalin NH Davidson RJ . Acute cortisol elevations cause heightened arousal ratings of objectively nonarousing stimuli. Emotion. 2005 Sep;5(3):354-9
[PubMed ID: 16187871]
Abercrombie HC Giese-Davis J Sephton S Epel ES Turner-Cobb JM Spiegel D . Flattened cortisol rhythms in metastatic breast cancer patients. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2004 Sep;29(8):1082-92
[PubMed ID: 15219660]
Oakes TR Pizzagalli DA Hendrick AM Horras KA Larson CL Abercrombie HC Schaefer SM Koger JV Davidson RJ . Functional coupling of simultaneous electrical and metabolic activity in the human brain. Hum Brain Mapp. 2004 Apr;21(4):257-70
[PubMed ID: 15038007]
Irwin W Anderle MJ Abercrombie HC Schaefer SM Kalin NH Davidson RJ . Amygdalar interhemispheric functional connectivity differs between the non-depressed and depressed human brain. Neuroimage. 2004 Feb;21(2):674-86
[PubMed ID: 14980569]
Abercrombie HC Kalin NH Thurow ME Rosenkranz MA Davidson RJ . Cortisol variation in humans affects memory for emotionally laden and neutral information. Behav Neurosci. 2003 Jun;117(3):505-16
[PubMed ID: 12802879]
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]