Stephanie Cacioppo, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience,
Biological Sciences Collegiate Division Committee on Computational Neuroscience,
Biological Sciences Collegiate Division Committee on Neurobiology,
Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago

5841 South Maryland Avenue, B-351
Chicago, Illinois 60637
Tel# (773) 702-6983


Education & Training

Ph. D. (Psychology), University Medical School of Geneva (Switzerland) & University of Savoy (France), 2004

General Scholar Impact Analysis (Based on Google Scholar, retrieved on 4-18-17): h-index: 30; Number of Citations: 3582)


Named a "Rising Star" by the Association for Psychological Science, Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo (née Ortigue) is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neuroscience and Director of the High-Performance Electrical Neuroimaging (HPEN) Laboratory at the University of Chicago. Her research program intersects the areas of medical neuroscience, social neuroscience, and cognitive psychology. Combining different high-performance brain imaging techniques with psychophysics, Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo focuses on elucidating how and when the mirror neuron system (a network that is activated when you move and also when you watch someone performing a similar action) contributes to the rapid formation of salutary connections with other brains.

Understanding how the deeply rooted brain dynamics can modulate (consciously or subconsciously) how one behaves with, feels toward, and thinks about others provides critical insights on one’s mental health and life satisfaction, and may promote the development of interventions for neuropsychiatric and neurologic patients with interpersonal disorders. The better is our understanding of successful social connections, the greater is our respect for their significance and potency of their role on health.

Dr. Stephanie Cacioppo's ultimate goal is to identify biomarkers of successful social interactions and develop neuropharmacological therapies to restore broken and/or unsuccessful pair-bonds.

Honors & Awards 

  • 2017 Donald G. York faculty Engagement Award
  • 2017 Diversity and Inclusion Award for her project on Health Disparities in Sexual Minorities
  • 2016 Harrington Distinguished Visiting Professor
  • 2015 Elected Executive Councilor for the Chicago Society for Neuroscience
  • 2015 FACCTS (France and Chicago Collaborating in the Sciences) Award for the project "Dynamic Spatiotemporal Brian Analyses using High Performance Electrical NeuroImaging"
  • 2015 Univeristy of Chicago in Hong-Kong for the proposal "Inaugural Lecture Series on Social Neuroscience"
  • 2014 APS Fellow
  • 2011 Rising Star, Association for Psychological Science
  • ESSM Award of Excellence
  • 2010 Tom Slick's Award, Mind Science Foundation
  • 2007 Best Meeting Oral Presentation (pre-clinical and clinical) Award, 10th ESSM congress
  • 2007 Senior Award, Maurice Chalumeau Foundation
  • 2004 Best Clinical Case Award, Annual Swiss Society for Neuroscience
  • 2002 Volker Henn Award, Annual Swiss Society for Neuroscience 

Current Clinical Trials:

Research Interests

  • Social Cognition
  • Implicit Attentional Processes
  • Woman's Health
  • Dyadic interactions and intention understanding
  • Neuroplasticity and Modulation of the Mirror Neuron System by Social Connections
  • Emotional Functioning in Health Disease
  • Neurobiology of Relationship Quality and Well-being Interactive Self and Self-Other Overlap in Interpersonal Relationships
  • Neuroscience of Attitude Similarity and Attraction
  • High-Performance Electrical and Functional NeuroImaging of the Components Processes Underlying Salutary Connections  


  • Instructor, From Social Neuroscience to Medical Neuroscience and Back (BIOS 14115), Spring 2015-
  • Co-Instructor, The Affect System (BPRO 23800), Spring 2014

Society Memberships

  • International Society for the Study of Women's Sexual Health (ISSWSH) : Member 2016-
  • International Society for Sexual Medicine (ISSM) : Member 2016-
  • European Society for Sexual Medicine (ESSM) : Member 2008-
  • American NeuroPsychiatric Association (ANPA): Member 2014-
  • American Psychological Association (APA) : Member 2014-
  • Association for Psychological Science (APS) : Member 2013-
  • American Academy of Neurology (AAN) : Member 2014-
  • American Psychosomatic Society (APS) : Member 2013-
  • IEEE Signal Processing Society : Member 2014-
  • New York Academy of Sciences (NYAS) : Member 2013-
  • Society for Neuroscience (SfN): Member 2014-
  • Society for Psychophysiological Research (SPR) : Member 2013-
  • Society for Personality and Social Psychology (SPSP) : Member 2011-
  • Society for Social Neuroscience (S4SN) : Member 2010-             
  • Society for the Teaching of Psychology (STP) : Member 2012-

Other Activities (University of Chicago)

Member, Grossman Institute for Neuroscience, Quantitative Biology, and Human Behavior. 

Executive member, Neuroscience Admissions Committee, The Biological Sciences Division (2015-present);

Executive member, Faculty Neuroimaging Search Committee, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience (2015);

Executive member, Faculty Retreat Committee, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience (2014-2015);

Executive Committee member, Center for Cognitive and Social Neuroscience, The University of Chicago  (2012-present);

Chair, HPEN Scientific Review Committee, The University of Chicago  (2012-present);

Organizer, Chicago Neuroimaging Workshop on the Dynamic Social Brain (2015-present);

Co-organizer, Dana Foundation Brain Awareness week event at HPEN in collaboration with CCSN, RCC and the Kenwood Academy High-School (2013-present);

125th Anniversary Celebrations, Member, Group shaping a visual arts display that will go up throughout UCM/BSD buildings highlighting the milestones in basic science and medical research that have led the advancement of science and medicine at the University of Chicago. The Division of the Biological Sciences and the Pritzker School of Medicine, The University of Chicago (2015).

Other Activities (non- University of Chicago)

Secretary Elect, Society for Neuroscience, Chicago Chapter, 2017-

Scientific Committee Member, Female Sexual Health and Dysfunction, ESSM 2013-

Editorial Board, NeuroImage, 2009-2015

Editorial Board, Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, which is a specialty of Frontiers in Neuroscience, Psychology, Neurology and Psychiatry, 2012-

Editorial Board, Advances in Medicine, 2013-

Editorial Board, Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience 2014-

Member, International Scientific Committee for the Institute of Cognitive Neurology, 2013-

Selected Peer-Reviewed Publications (By Publication Date, From Over 80 Peer-Reviewed Scientific Publications)

1: Cacioppo S, Weiss RM, Cacioppo JT. Dynamic spatiotemporal brain analyses of the visual checkerboard task: Similarities and differences between passive and active viewing conditions. Psychophysiology. 2016 Oct;53(10):1496-506. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12723. Epub 2016 Jul 9. PubMed PMID: 27393016.

2: Layden EA, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Cappa SF, Dodich A, Falini A, Canessa N. Perceived Social Isolation is Associated with Altered Functional Connectivity in Neural Networks Associated with Tonic Alertness and Executive Control. Neuroimage. 2016 Sep 21. pii: S1053-8119(16)30528-6. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.09.050. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27664824.

3: van Roekel E, Verhagen M, Engels RC, Scholte RH, Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. Trait and State Levels of Loneliness in Early and Late Adolescents: Examining the Differential Reactivity Hypothesis. J Clin Child Adolesc Psychol. 2016 May 18:1-12. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27191708.

4: Cacioppo S, Bangee M, Balogh S, Cardenas-Iniguez C, Qualter P, Cacioppo JT. Loneliness and implicit attention to social threat: A high-performance electrical neuroimaging study. Cogn Neurosci. 2016 Jan-Oct;7(1-4):138-59. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2015.1070136. Epub 2015 Aug 14. PubMed PMID: 26274315.

5: Wang Y, Song J, Guo F, Zhang Z, Yuan S, Cacioppo S. Spatiotemporal Brain Dynamics of Empathy for Pain and Happiness in Friendship. Front Behav Neurosci. 2016 Mar 30;10:45. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2016.00045. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27065822; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4811874.

6: Necka EA, Cacioppo S, Norman GJ, Cacioppo JT. Measuring the Prevalence of Problematic Respondent Behaviors among MTurk, Campus, and Community Participants. PLoS One. 2016 Jun 28;11(6):e0157732. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0157732. eCollection 2016. PubMed PMID: 27351378; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4924794.

7: Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. Dynamic spatiotemporal brain analyses using high-performance electrical neuroimaging, Part II: A step-by-step tutorial. J Neurosci Methods. 2015 Dec 30;256:184-97. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2015.09.004. Epub 2015 Sep 10. PubMed PMID: 26363189.

8: Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. Why may allopregnanolone help alleviate loneliness? Med Hypotheses. 2015 Dec;85(6):947-52. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2015.09.004. Epub 2015 Sep 5. PubMed PMID: 26365247; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4648702.

9: Cacioppo S, Balogh S, Cacioppo JT. Implicit attention to negative social, in contrast to nonsocial, words in the Stroop task differs between individuals high and low in loneliness: Evidence from event-related brain microstates. Cortex. 2015 Sep;70:213-33. doi: 10.1016/j.cortex.2015.05.032. Epub 2015 Jul 2. PubMed PMID: 26195152.

10: Cacioppo JT, Adler AB, Lester PB, McGurk D, Thomas JL, Chen HY, Cacioppo S. Building social resilience in soldiers: A double dissociative randomized controlled study. J Pers Soc Psychol. 2015 Jul;109(1):90-105. doi: 10.1037/pspi0000022. PubMed PMID: 26098588.

11: Goossens L, van Roekel E, Verhagen M, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Maes M, Boomsma DI. The genetics of loneliness: linking evolutionary theory to genome-wide genetics, epigenetics, and social science. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar;10(2):213-26. doi: 10.1177/1745691614564878. Review. PubMed PMID: 25910391.

12: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Cole SW, Capitanio JP, Goossens L, Boomsma DI. Loneliness across phylogeny and a call for comparative studies and animal models. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar;10(2):202-12. doi: 10.1177/1745691614564876. Review. PubMed PMID: 25910390.

13: Cacioppo S, Grippo AJ, London S, Goossens L, Cacioppo JT. Loneliness: clinical import and interventions. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2015 Mar;10(2):238-49. doi: 10.1177/1745691615570616. Review. PubMed PMID: 25866548; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4391342.

14: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Capitanio JP, Cole SW. The neuroendocrinology of social isolation. Annu Rev Psychol. 2015 Jan 3;66:733-67. doi: 10.1146/annurev-psych-010814-015240. Epub 2014 Aug 22. Review. PubMed PMID: 25148851.

15: Wang Y, Huang L, Zhang W, Zhang Z, Cacioppo S. Spatio-temporal dynamics of kind versus hostile intentions in the human brain: An electrical neuroimaging study. Soc Neurosci. 2015;10(3):253-67. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2014.990641. Epub 2014 Dec 17. PubMed PMID: 25517193.

16: Cacioppo S, Weiss RM, Runesha HB, Cacioppo JT. Dynamic spatiotemporal brain analyses using high performance electrical neuroimaging: theoretical framework and validation. J Neurosci Methods. 2014 Dec 30;238:11-34. doi: 10.1016/j.jneumeth.2014.09.009. Epub 2014 Sep 20. PubMed PMID: 25244954.

17: Cacioppo S, Capitanio JP, Cacioppo JT. Toward a neurology of loneliness. Psychol Bull. 2014 Nov;140(6):1464-504. doi: 10.1037/a0037618. Epub 2014 Sep 15. Review. PubMed PMID: 25222636.

18: Cacioppo S, Zhou H, Monteleone G, Majka EA, Quinn KA, Ball AB, Norman GJ, Semin GR, Cacioppo JT. You are in sync with me: neural correlates of interpersonal synchrony with a partner. Neuroscience. 2014 Sep 26;277:842-58. doi: 10.1016/j.neuroscience.2014.07.051. Epub 2014 Aug 1. PubMed PMID: 25088911.

19: Bolmont M, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Love is in the gaze: an eye-tracking study of love and sexual desire. Psychol Sci. 2014 Sep;25(9):1748-56. doi: 10.1177/0956797614539706. Epub 2014 Jul 16. PubMed PMID: 25031302; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4273641.

20: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Gollan JK. The negativity bias: conceptualization, quantification, and individual differences. Behav Brain Sci. 2014 Jun;37(3):309-10. doi: 10.1017/S0140525X13002537. PubMed PMID: 24970431.

21: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Dulawa S, Palmer AA. Social neuroscience and its potential contribution to psychiatry. World Psychiatry. 2014 Jun;13(2):131-9. doi: 10.1002/wps.20118. PubMed PMID: 24890058; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4102278.

22: Dai J, Zhai H, Wu H, Yang S, Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Luo YJ. Maternal face processing in Mosuo preschool children. Biol Psychol. 2014 May;99:69-76. doi: 10.1016/j.biopsycho.2014.03.001. Epub 2014 Mar 12. PubMed PMID: 24631724.

23: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Older adults reporting social isolation or loneliness show poorer cognitive function 4 years later. Evid Based Nurs. 2014 Apr;17(2):59-60. doi: 10.1136/eb-2013-101379. Epub 2013 Jun 8. PubMed PMID: 23749730.

24: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Social Relationships and Health: The Toxic Effects of Perceived Social Isolation. Soc Personal Psychol Compass. 2014 Feb 1;8(2):58-72. PubMed PMID: 24839458; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4021390.

25: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Boomsma DI. Evolutionary mechanisms for loneliness. Cogn Emot. 2014;28(1):3-21. doi: 10.1080/02699931.2013.837379. Epub 2013 Sep 25. Review. PubMed PMID: 24067110; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3855545.

26: Cacioppo S, Fontang F, Patel N, Decety J, Monteleone G, Cacioppo JT. Intention understanding over T: a neuroimaging study on shared representations and tennis return predictions. Front Hum Neurosci. 2014 Oct 6;8:781. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2014.00781. eCollection 2014. PubMed PMID: 25339886; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4186286.

27: Wu H, Chen C, Cheng D, Yang S, Huang R, Cacioppo S, Luo YJ. The mediation effect of menstrual phase on negative emotion processing: evidence from N2. Soc Neurosci. 2014;9(3):278-88. doi: 10.1080/17470919.2014.886617. Epub 2014 Mar 3. Erratum in: Soc Neurosci. 2014;9(3):iii. PubMed PMID: 24579924.

28: Radman N, Cacioppo S, Spierer L, Schmidlin E, Mayer E, Annoni JM. Posterior SMA Syndrome following subcortical stroke: contralateral akinesia reversed by visual feedback. Neuropsychologia. 2013 Nov;51(13):2605-10. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.08.004. Epub 2013 Aug 27. PubMed PMID: 23993907.

29: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. Social Neuroscience. Perspect Psychol Sci. 2013 Nov;8(6):667-9. doi: 10.1177/1745691613507456. PubMed PMID: 26173231.

30: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S, Gonzaga GC, Ogburn EL, VanderWeele TJ. Marital satisfaction and break-ups differ across on-line and off-line meeting venues. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2013 Jun 18;110(25):10135-40. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1222447110. Epub 2013 Jun 3. PubMed PMID: 23733955; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3690854.

31: Cacioppo S, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Bischof P, Deziegler D, Michel CM, Landis T. Hemispheric specialization varies with EEG brain resting states and phase of menstrual cycle. PLoS One. 2013 Apr 30;8(4):e63196. doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0063196. Print 2013. PubMed PMID: 23638185; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3640095.

32: Juan E, Frum C, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Wang YW, Lewis JW, Cacioppo S. Beyond human intentions and emotions. Front Hum Neurosci. 2013 Mar 27;7:99. doi: 10.3389/fnhum.2013.00099. eCollection 2013. PubMed PMID: 23543838; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3608908.

33: Cacioppo S, Frum C, Asp E, Weiss RM, Lewis JW, Cacioppo JT. A quantitative meta-analysis of functional imaging studies of social rejection. Sci Rep. 2013;3:2027. doi: 10.1038/srep02027. Review. PubMed PMID: 24002359; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3761131.

34: Decety J, Cacioppo S. The speed of morality: a high-density electrical neuroimaging study. J Neurophysiol. 2012 Dec;108(11):3068-72. doi: 10.1152/jn.00473.2012. Epub 2012 Sep 5. PubMed PMID: 22956794.

35: Cacioppo JT, Cacioppo S. The Phenotype of Loneliness. Eur J Dev Psychol. 2012 Jul 1;9(4):446-452. Epub 2012 Jun 29. PubMed PMID: 23024688; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3459997.

36: Cacioppo S, Bianchi-Demicheli F, Frum C, Pfaus JG, Lewis JW. The common neural bases between sexual desire and love: a multilevel kernel density fMRI analysis. J Sex Med. 2012 Apr;9(4):1048-54. doi: 10.1111/j.1743-6109.2012.02651.x. Epub 2012 Feb 21. PubMed PMID: 22353205.

37: Cacioppo S, Cacioppo JT. Decoding the invisible forces of social connections. Front Integr Neurosci. 2012 Jul 25;6:51. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2012.00051. eCollection 2012. PubMed PMID: 22848192; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC3404426.

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