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Michael Hallquist

Michael Hallquist

Assistant Professor of Psychology

309 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-5756


  1. Ph.D., SUNY–Binghamton, 2009


Research Interests:


My research characterizes the developmental psychopathology of personality dysfunction in adolescence and young adulthood. I am interested in how personality traits, interpersonal relationships, and disrupted maturation of neurobehavioral systems are associated with the emergence of personality dysfunction, especially borderline personality disorder (BPD). Work in our laboratory spans clinical, behavioral, and neuroimaging assessments of personality and psychopathology. As a developmental psychopathologist, my research also focuses on the normative maturation of brain systems implicated in self-control, reward processing, and emotion regulation, which informs a better understanding of abnormal trajectories in BPD.

Research in the lab extends latent variable modeling techniques to clarify the structure of personality and psychopathology. For example, a current project in the lab applies novel latent variable models to clarify the within-person covariation of mood, anxiety, personality disorders, and traits over time. Methodologically, neuroimaging projects build on the emerging field of decision neuroscience, which combines computational models of decision-making with model-driven analyses of fMRI data. In this way, specific cognitive or emotional processes can be quantified, and individual differences in their neural correlates can be characterized through trialwise analyses of brain activity and functional connectivity. A current project focuses on the effect of approach and threat cues on real-time decision-making using a computational model of exploratory behavior and emotional bias in teens and young adults with BPD symptoms.


Representative Publications:


  1. Beeney, J. E., Hallquist, M. N., Ellison, W. D., & Levy, K. N. (in press). Self-other disturbance in borderline personality disorder: neural, self-report and behavioral data. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment.
  2. Hallquist, M. N., Hipwell, A. E., & Stepp, S. D. (in press). Poor self-control and harsh punishment in childhood prospectively predict borderline personality symptoms in adolescent girls. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.
  3. Hallquist, M. N. & Wright, A. G. C. (2014). Mixture modeling methods for the assessment of normal and abnormal personality I: Cross-sectional models. Journal of Personality Assessment, 96, 256-268.
  4. Simmonds, D. J., Hallquist, M. N., Asato, M., & Luna, B. (2014). Developmental stages and sex differences of white matter and behavioral development through adolescence: A longitudinal diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) study. NeuroImage, 92, 356-368.
  5. Wright, A. G. C., Hallquist, M. N., Swartz, H. A., Frank, E., & Cyranowski, J. M. (2014). Treating co-occurring depression and anxiety: modeling the dynamics of psychopathology and psychotherapy using the time-varying effect model. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 839-853.
  6. Hallquist, M. N., Hwang, K., & Luna, B. (2013). The nuisance of nuisance regression: Spectral misspecification in a common approach to resting-state fMRI preprocessing reintroduces noise and obscures functional connectivity. NeuroImage, 82, 208-225.
  7. Hallquist, M. N. & Lenzenweger, M. F. (2013). Identifying latent trajectories of personality disorder symptom change: Growth mixture modeling in the Longitudinal Study of Personality Disorders. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 138-155.
  8. Hwang, K., Hallquist, M. N., & Luna, B. (2013). The development of hub architecture in the human functional brain network. Cerebral Cortex, 23, 2380-2393.
  9. Hallquist, M. N., & Pilkonis, P. A. (2012). Refining the phenotype of borderline personality disorder: Diagnostic criteria and beyond. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 3, 228
  10. Beeney, J. E., Hallquist, M. N., Clifton, A. D., Lazarus, S. A., & Pilkonis, P. A. (2018). Social disadvantage and borderline personality disorder: A study of social networks. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research & Treatment, 9, 62-72.

  11. Hallquist, M. N., Geier, C. F., & Luna, B. (2018). Incentives facilitate developmental improvement in inhibitory control by modulating control-related networks. NeuroImage, 172, 369-380.

  12. Hallquist, M. N. & Wiley, J. F. (2018). MplusAutomation: An R package for facilitating large-scale latent variable analyses in Mplus. Structural Equation Modeling, 25, 621-638.

  13. Hallquist, M. N., & Hillary, F. G. (in press). Graph theory approaches to functional network organization in brain disorders: A critique for a brave new small-world. Network Neuroscience.

  14. Hallquist, M. N., Schreiber, A. M., Hall, N. T., & Dombrovski, A. Y. (in press). Interpersonal dysfunction in borderline personality: a decision neuroscience perspective. Current Opinion in Psychology.

Research Interests:

Clinical (Adult and Child):
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