Jack Blanchard, Ph.D.

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RESEARCH AND BACKGROUND

Dr. Blanchard’s research focuses on the intersection of emotion and social behavior within schizophrenia. As Director of the Laboratory of Emotion and Psychopathology (LEAP), his research has examined the reciprocal influence of emotion and interpersonal behavior to understand clinical outcomes in schizophrenia and schizotypy. Ongoing projects including the clinical assessment of negative symptoms; motivation, reward processing, and affective learning in schizophrenia; and the laboratory assessment of affiliation.  A recent collaborative effort with Dr. Luiz Pessoa (Director of the Maryland Neuroimaging Center) and Dr. Jim Coan (University of Virginia) seeks to examine the social regulation of neural systems relating to emotion in schizophrenia as assessed through a novel fMRI paradigm.

Dr. Blanchard received his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the State University of New York at Stony Brook (1991). He was subsequently a predoctoral intern, postdoctoral NIMH fellow, and then faculty member at the Medical College of Pennsylvania, Eastern Pennsylvania Psychiatric Institute. Following a faculty appointment at the University of New Mexico, Dr. Blanchard moved to the University of Maryland where he has been since 1999. Dr. Blanchard was Co-Director of the Clinical Program from 2003-2005 and served as Director of the Clinical Program from 2005-2012.  Dr. Blanchard is currently Chair of the Department of Psychology.

Selected Publications

Blanchard, J.J., Collins, L.M., Aghevli, M., Leung, W.W., & Cohen, A.S. (2011). Social anhedonia in a community sample: The Maryland Longitudinal Study of Schizotypy. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37, 587-602.

Blanchard, J.J., Kring, A., Horan, W.P., & Gur, R. (2011). Toward the next generation of negative symptom assessments: The Collaboration to Advance Negative Symptom Assessment in Schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 37, 291-299.

Horan, W.P., Kring, A.M., Gur, R.E., Reise, S.P., & Blanchard, J.J. (2011). Development and psychometric validation of the Clinical Assessment Interview for Negative Symptoms (CAINS). Schizophrenia Research, 132, 140-145.

Couture, S.M., Blanchard, J.J., & Bennett, M.E. (2011). Negative expectancy appraisals and defeatist performance beliefs and negative symptoms of schizophrenia. Psychiatry Research, 189, 43-48.

Selected Grants

Collaboration to Advance Negative Symptom Assessment in Schizophrenia (CANSAS)

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Agency: NIMH
  • Type and Number: R01 MH082839
  • Period: 3/1/2009 – 12/30/2012

Schizophrenia Research Training Program

  • Role: Principal Investigator
  • Agency: NIMH
  • Type and Number: T32 MH20075
  • Period: 7/1/2010 – 6/30/2015


TEACHING AND MENTORING

Dr. Blanchard is committed to training future clinical scientists and enjoys mentoring both undergraduate and graduate students.  Dr. Blanchard received the Excellence in Teaching Mentorship Award from the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences and he Directs the NIMH-funded Schizophrenia Research Training Program (a T32 Institutional National Research Service Award). This predoctoral training program is designed to develop future schizophrenia researchers capable of translating basic behavioral, cognitive, developmental and neuroscience principles into research on the psychopathology and treatment of schizophrenia.

Courses Taught

  • Adult Psychopathology
  • Adult Interventions
  • Severe Mental Illness

Current Graduate Students and Selected Former Student Placements

Dr. Blanchard currently supervises 5 graduate students. His past students have obtained highly competitive internship and post-doctoral placements at institutions including the University of Southern California, as well as Faculty positions at top institutions including the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University.