Margaret Wardle, PhD in Clinical Psychology


July 2009 - present: Postdoctoral Fellow, HBPL, Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience Department, University of Chicago

2009: Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Psychology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago: Alcohol, Emotions and Judgment.

2006: M.A. in Clinical Psychology, Psychology Department, University of Illinois at Chicago, The Mood Petri Dish: Inducing Emotions in the Laboratory.

2001: B.H.A. in Psychology and Art, Bachelor of Humanities and Arts Program, Carnegie Mellon University: "The Relationship Between Unmitigated Communion, Self-Schema and Depression"

Research Interests:

My research is centered on the relationship between drug-taking, emotion, and decision-making. I am particularly interested the acute effects of drugs on emotional responses and decision-making, as measured by self-report, behavioral and psychophysiological outcomes. My recent research has included investigations of the acute effects of stimulant drugs on subjective and psychophysiological reactions to emotional stimuli encountered under the influence, and on effort-based decision-making. Through these lines of work I hope to elucidate mechanisms though which drugs alter decision-making, that may lead to risky behavior under the influence of drugs, and drug use, abuse and addiction.

Representative Publications:

Wardle MC, Treadway MT, de Wit H. (2012) Caffeine increases psychomotor performance on the effort expenditure for rewards task. Pharmacology Biochemistry and Behavior. 102(4):526-31. PMID: 22750066

Wardle MC, Garner MJ, Munafó MR, de Wit H. (2012) Amphetamine as a social drug: effects of d-amphetamine on social processing and behavior. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 223(2):199-210. PMID: 22526538

Wardle, M.C., Yang, A., and de Wit, H. (2012) Effect of d-amphetamine on post-error slowing in healthy volunteers. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2012 Mar;220(1):109-15. PMID: 21894485

Wardle, M.C., and de Wit, H. (2012) Effects of amphetamine on reactivity to emotional stimuli. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 220(1):143-53. PMID: 21947316

Wardle, M.C., M.T. Treadway, L.M. Mayo, D.H. Zald, and H. de Wit (2011) Amping up effort: Effects of d-amphetamine on human effort-based decision-making. Journal of Neuroscience. 31, 16597-602. PMID: 22090487

Wardle, M., M. Munafo, & de Wit, H. (2011) Effect of social stress during acute nicotine abstinence. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 218(1):39-48. PMID: 21234550

Wardle, M. C., Cederbaum, K., & de Wit, H. (2011). Quantifying talk: Developing reliable measures of verbal productivity. Behavior Research Methods, 43, 168-178. PMID: 21287128

Veilleux JC, Kassel JD, Heinz AJ, Braun A, Wardle MC, Greenstein J, Evatt DP, Conrad M. (2011) Predictors and sequelae of smoking topography over the course of a single cigarette in adolescent light smokers. Journal of Adolescent Health. 48(2):176-81. PMID: 21257117

Wardle, M. C., Gonzalez, R., Bechara, A., & Martin, E. M. (2010). Iowa Gambling Task performance and emotional distress interact to predict risky sexual behavior in individuals with dual substance and HIV diagnoses. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 32, 1110-1121. PMID: 20480423

Greenstein JE, Kassel JD, Wardle MC, Veilleux JC, Evatt DP, Heinz AJ, Roesch LL, Braun AR, Yates MC. (2010) The separate and combined effects of nicotine and alcohol on working memory capacity in nonabstinent smokers. Experimental and Clinical Psychology Journal. 18(2):120-8. PMID: 20384423

Kassel, J. D., Evatt, D. P., Greenstein, J. E., Wardle, M. C., Yates, M. C., & Veilleux, J. C. (2007). The acute effects of nicotine on positive and negative affect in adolescent smokers. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 543-553. PMID: 17696710

Kassel JD, Greenstein JE, Evatt DP, Wardle MC, Yates MC, Veilleux JC, Eissenberg T. (2007) Smoking topography in response to denicotinized and high-yield nicotine cigarettes in adolescent smokers. Journal of Adolescent Health. 40(1):54-60. PMID: 17185206