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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
(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 Illinois College of Medicine, Champaign-Urbana, IL

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.

  • Psychotherapy
PubMed Articles
Oathes DJ Hilt LM Nitschke JB . Affective neural responses modulated by serotonin transporter genotype in clinical anxiety and depression. PLoS One. 2015;10(2):e0115820
[PubMed ID: 25675343]
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]
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]
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]
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]