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Tony T. Wells, Ph.D.


Depression, Suicide, Attention

Degree: Ph.D.
Broad Expertise/Interests: Attention and other cognitive processes in the context of depression and suicide; genetic contributions to psychopathology
Equipment/Techniques: Eye tracking, reaction time based measures of attention, behavioral genetics
Seeking Collaborators with Skill Sets: fMRI, inflammatory biomarker analysis
Neuroscience Research Interests: I study the reciprocal relationship between mood state (including depression) and attention for emotional information and how this interaction may contribute to the maintenance of depression. I have also recently begun to examine these factors in the context of suicidal thinking. I have experience examining genetic contributions to psychopathology and cognitive processes.
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Publication Highlights:

*Kraines, M.A., *Kelberer, L.J.A., & Wells, T.T. (2017). Sex differences in attention to disgust facial expressions. Cognition & Emotion, 31, 1692-1697. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2016.1244044

Wells, T.T., Judah, M.R., Ellis, A.J., McGeary, J.E., & Beevers, C.G. (2015). Inhibition of attention for affective material: contributions by HOMER1 gene variation. Psychology and Neuroscience, 8, 495-508. doi: 10.1037/pne0000027

Disner, S.G., McGeary, J.E., Wells, T.T., Ellis, A.J., & Beevers, C.G. (2014). 5-HTTLPR, HTR1A, and HTR2A cumulative genetic score interacts with mood reactivity to predict mood-congruent gaze bias. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 1259-1270. doi:10.​3758/​s13415-014-0267-x