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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.



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UW School of Medicine and Public Health

Department of Psychiatry

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

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PubMed Articles
Gaffey AE Walsh EC Ladd CO Hoks RM Abercrombie HC Alterations in Systemic and Cognitive Glucocorticoid Sensitivity in Depression. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging . 2018 Dec 4;
[PubMed ID: 30686583]
Karstens AJ Korzun I Avery ET Kassel MT Keelan R Kales H Abercrombie H Eisenlohr-Moul T Langenecker SA Weisenbach S Examining HPA-axis functioning as a mediator of the relationship between depression and cognition across the adult lifespan. Neuropsychol Dev Cogn B Aging Neuropsychol Cogn . 2018 Jul 11;:1-14
[PubMed ID: 29993318]
Philippi CL Cornejo MD Frost CP Walsh EC Hoks RM Birn R Abercrombie HC Neural and behavioral correlates of negative self-focused thought associated with depression. Hum Brain Mapp . 2018 May;39(5):2246-2257
[PubMed ID: 29427365]
Frost CP Meyerand ME Birn RM Hoks RM Walsh EC Abercrombie HC Childhood Emotional Abuse Moderates Associations Among Corticomotor White Matter Structure and Stress Neuromodulators in Women With and Without Depression. Front Neurosci . 2018;12:256
[PubMed ID: 29740273]
Abercrombie HC Frost CP Walsh EC Hoks RM Cornejo MD Sampe MC Gaffey AE Plante DT Ladd CO Birn RM Neural Signaling of Cortisol, Childhood Emotional Abuse, and Depression-Related Memory Bias. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging . 2018 Mar;3(3):274-284
[PubMed ID: 29486869]
Martin JD Abercrombie HC Gilboa-Schechtman E Niedenthal PM Functionally distinct smiles elicit different physiological responses in an evaluative context. Sci Rep . 2018 Mar 1;8(1):3558
[PubMed ID: 29497068]
Plante DT Birn RM Walsh EC Hoks RM Cornejo MD Abercrombie HC Reduced resting-state thalamostriatal functional connectivity is associated with excessive daytime sleepiness in persons with and without depressive disorders. J Affect Disord . 2018 Feb;227:517-520
[PubMed ID: 29161673]
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]