Department of Psychology

Dr. Sandra McFadden

Sandra McFadden, Ph.D.

Professor
159 Waggoner Hall
Work: 309-298-1593
Fax: 309-298-2179

Additional Information

Education:

Dr. McFadden earned M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Psychology/Neuroscience and Behavior from Northern Illinois University. Her mentor at NIU was Dr. Jim Willott, a pioneer in the use of mice to study age-related hearing loss. Her master’s thesis was titled, “Responses of inferior colliculus neurons in young adult C57BL/6J mice as a function of stimulus azimuth,” and her dissertation was titled, “Hearing in a noisy environment: Effects of noise location and sensorineural hearing loss on the responses of inferior colliculus neurons in C57BL/6J mice.” After graduation, Dr. McFadden completed a 2-year NIH-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship in the Developmental Auditory Physiology Laboratory at Boys Town National Research Hospital in Omaha, NE.

Teaching Areas:

Dr. McFadden has taught a variety of undergraduate courses (Psy 100 Introduction to Psychology, Psy 223 Research in Psychology I: Statistical Methods and Design, Psy 343 Physiological Psychology, Psy 344 Perception, Psy 427 Health Psychology) and graduate courses (Psy 550 Current Research in Psychology Seminar, Psy 592 Child Neuropsychology, Psy 600 Brain and Behavior Seminar). She particularly enjoys teaching the Physiological Psychology and Perception courses.

Research Interests:

Dr. McFadden’s neuroscience research explores brain-behavior relationships, with a focus on auditory neurophysiology and perception. Diverse methodologies are employed with both human and rodent subjects, ranging from measurements of simple behaviors (e.g., high-frequency vocalizations, acoustic startle responses and prepulse inhibition) to electrophysiological measurements of brain activity (e.g., event-related potentials and auditory brainstem responses).

Recent Publications:

Kiebel, E.M., McFadden, S.L., & Herbstrith, J.C. (2017). Disgusted but not afraid: Feelings toward same sex kissing reveal subtle homonegativity. The Journal of Social Psychology, 157(3), 263-278. doi: 10.1080/00224545.2016.1184127.

Lurquin, J.H., McFadden, S.L., & Harbke, C.R. (2014). An electrophysiological investigation of the effects of social rejection on self control. The Journal of Social Psychology, 154, 1–12.

McFadden, S.L., Zulas, A.M., & Morgan, R.E. (2010). Age-dependent effects of modafinil on acoustic startle and prepulse inhibition in rats.  Behavioural Brain Research, 208, 118-123.

El-Badry, M.M., & McFadden, S.L. (2009). Evaluation of inner hair cell and nerve fiber loss as sufficient pathologies underlying auditory neuropathy.  Hearing Research 255, 84-90.

El-Badry, M.M., Ding, D., McFadden, S.L., & Eddins, A.C. (2007). Physiological effects of auditory nerve demyelination in chinchillas. European Journal of Neuroscience 25, 1437-1446.

El-Badry, M.M., & McFadden, S.L. (2007). Physiological correlates of progressive sensorineural degeneration in the carboplatin-treated chinchilla. Brain Research 1134, 122-130.

McFadden, S.L. (2007). Biochemical bases of hearing. In: K. Campbell (Ed.), Pharmacology and Ototoxicity for Audiologists. New York: Thomson Delmar Learning, pp. 86-123.

McFadden, S.L., & Willott, J.F. (2007). Interactions between noise exposure and aging in the peripheral and central auditory system—animal studies. In: L. Luxon & D. Prasher (Eds.), Noise and Its Effects. West Susex, England: John Wiley & Son Ltd.

Recent Presentations: 

Nielsen, S.E., McFadden, S.L, & Kittleson, M. (2017). Dark chocolate augments permanent hearing loss in C57BL/6 mice. Poster at the 89th annual Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Il.

Robinson, L. K. & McFadden, S. L. (2016). Perceived self-control, coping, and sensation seeking following brain trauma. Paper presentation, 88th annual Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, Il.

Vallorani, A., McFadden, S. L., Sunami, N., Berg, P. C., Sizemore, S. J., Sullivan, M. K., & Winter, M. A. (2016). Loneliness and alexithymia traits decrease early attention to inclusion. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Vallorani, A., McFadden, S. L., Sunami, N., Nielsen, S. E., Kittelson, M. A., Lebed, A., Robinson, L. K., & Speidel, R. T. (2016). Autism related social motivation deficits decrease attention during exclusion, but not inclusion. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Society for Social and Affective Neuroscience, New York, NY.

Vallorani, A., Sunami, N., McFadden, S. L., & Omura, M. (2015). The effects of autism communication skills deficits and alexithymia on positive affect recognition. Poster presented at the 2015 Iowa State University Neuroscience Research Day, September 2015.

Vallorani, A., Sunami, N., & McFadden, S. L. (2015). Communication skills and positive affect recognition: The roles of alexithymia and autism traits. Poster presentation at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Society for Social Neuroscience, Chicago, IL‎.‎

Sunami, N., Vallorani, A., McFadden, S., Omura, M., et al. (2015). Rejection sensitivity is related to altered neural processing of fear. Poster presented at the 2015 Meeting of the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society conference.

Vallorani, A., Sunami, N., McFadden, S. L., & Kelly, K. M. (2015). Emotionally blind with a social mind: Exploring the paradox of alexithymia. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago.

Vallorani, A., Sunami, N., & McFadden, S. L. (2015). Early neural processing of positive affect in individuals high in autism spectrum disorder communication skills deficits is mediated by level of alexithymia traits. Poster presented at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society conference.

Sunami, N., Kelly, K.M., Vallorani, A., Kiebel, E., Wilson, A., Palumbo, N., Robinson, L., Berg, P. Hester, C., Hammersley, J. J., & McFadden, S. L. (2015). Loneliness moderates N1 response to aggressive words following ostracism. Poster presented at the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society conference.

Kiebel, E.M., McFadden, S.L., & Herbstrith, J.C. (2015). Comparison of bias among low and high prejudiced individuals. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Sunami, N., Vallorani, A., McFadden, S., Omura, M., et al. (2015). Rejection sensitivity is related to altered neural processing of fear. Poster presented at the 8th annual Social and Affective Neuroscience Society conference.

Vallorani, A., Sunami, N., McFadden, S., Omura, M., et al. (2015). Attention versus recognition: Differences in emotion processing deficits in autism spectrum disorder and alexithymia. Poster presented at the 8th annual Social and Affective Neuroscience Society conference.

Vallorani, A., Sunami, N., McFadden, S., & Kelly, K. (2015). Emotionally blind with a social mind: Exploring the paradox of alexithymia. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Omura, M., Sunami, N., Kiebel, L., Stiger, K., Prahler, C., Barwegen, K., Sotozaki, H., & McFadden, S.L. (2014). Examining emotion processing differences in individuals with Alexithymia using psychophysiological measures. Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Garceau, G., Jefferson, M., Simmons, A., McFadden, S., Dopheide, M., & Morgan, R. (2014).  Does the administration of oxytocin (OT) to induce parturition produce autism spectrum disorder (ASD)-like deficits in Long-Evans rats?  Poster presented at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Adams, S. L., McFadden, S. L., Kiebel, E. M., Sunami, N., Barker, D. D., Belcher, K. E., Lueschow, S. R., Ooi, S. J., & Randazzo, B. K. (2014). Acoustic startle response profile of individuals with comorbid depression and anxiety. Oral presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL.

McFadden, S.L., & Kiebel, E.M. (2013). A parametric study of auditory event-related potentials recorded from cortex of CBA/CaJ mice. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science conference, Washington, DC.

Kiebel, E.M.., Sunderman, M.G., Leonhard, J.R., & McFadden, S.L. (2012). Measurement of cortical auditory event-related potentials in conscious CBA/CaJ mice. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science conference, Chicago.

Hamlet, W., McFadden, S. L., Forde, M. J., Morgan, R. E., Sunderman, M. G., Longenecker, R. J., & Lu, Y. (2011). The effects of N,N-Diisopropyltryptamine (DiPT) on auditory perception in mice. Society for Neuroscience, November 2011.

Lurquin, J.H., Omura, M., Harbke, C.R., McFadden, S.L., & Kelly, K.M. (2010). Electrophysiological correlates of Stroop interference following prior acts of self-control. Poster presented at Association for Psychological Science conference, Boston, May 27, 2010.

Hamlet, W., McFadden, S., Morgan, R., & Vaught, A. (2010). The effect of 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) on anxiety in the rat. Presentation at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Neurobehavioral Teratology Society, Louisville, KY, June 27,2010.

McFadden, S.L., & Marrs, V.I. (2009). Protection against noise-induced hearing loss by dietary antioxidants. Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Meeting, Chicago.