Sara L. Weisenbach, PhD

Research Interests

  • Neurobiology
  • Psychology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Cognitive Disorders
  • Depression
  • Brain Abnormalities
  • Cushing Syndrome
  • Endocrinopathy


  • English

Academic Information

  • Departments: Neurology - Adjunct Assistant Professor

Board Certification

  • American Board of Professional Psychology (Sub: Clinical Neuropsychology)

Academic Office Information

  • University Neuropsychiatric Institute
    501 Chipeta Way, Room: Dept. of Psychiatry
    Salt Lake City, UT 84108

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System
Advanced Geriatrics
Special Fellow
Postdoctoral Fellowship University of Michigan Medical Center
Clinical and Research Neuropsychology
Postdoctoral Fellow
Internship Dayton VA Medical Center
Neuropsychology Specialization, Clinical Psychology
Doctoral Training Colorado State University
Counseling Psychology
Graduate Training Colorado State University
Counseling Psychology
Undergraduate Wittenberg University
Undergraduate Kalamazoo College

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. Dawson EL, Caveney AF, Meyers KK, Weisenbach SL, Giordani B, Avery ET, Schallmo MP, Bahadori A, Bieliauskas LA, Mordhorst M, Marcus SM, Kerber K, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA (2017). Executive Functioning at Baseline Prospectively Predicts Depression Treatment Response.LID - 10.4088/PCC.16m01949 [doi]. Prim Care Companion CNS Disord, 19(1).
  2. Peters AT, Van Meter A, Pruitt PJ, Briceno EM, Ryan KA, Hagan M, Weldon AL, Kassel MT, Vederman A, Zubieta JK, McInnis M, Weisenbach SL, Langenecker SA (2016). Acute cortisol reactivity attenuates engagement of fronto-parietal and striatal regions during emotion processing in negative mood disorders. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 73, 67-78.
  3. Rao J, Jenkins L, Hymen E, Feigon M, Weisenbach S, Zubieta JK, Langenecker S (2016). Differential Resting State Connectivity Patterns and Impaired Semantically Cued List Learning Test Performance in Early Course Remitted MDD. J Int Neuropsychol Soc, 22(2), 225-39.
  4. Kassel MT, Rao JA, Walker, SJ, Briceo EM, Gabriel LB, Weldon, AL, Avery, ET Haase, BD, Pecia M, Considine, CM, Noll DC, Bieliauskas LA, Starkman MN, Zubieta JK, Welsh RC, Giordani B, Weisenbach SL, amp Langenecker SA (2016). Decreased fronto-limbic activation and disrupted semantic-cued list learning in Major Depressive Disorder. J Int Neuropsychol Soc, 22, 1-14.
  5. Kassel MT, Rao JA, Walker SJ, Briceno EM, Gabriel LB, Weldon AL, Avery ET, Haase BD, Pecina M, Considine CM, Noll DC, Bieliauskas LA, Starkman MN, Zubieta JK, Welsh RC, Giordani B, Weisenbach SL, Langenecker SA (2016). Decreased Fronto-Limbic Activation and Disrupted Semantic-Cued List Learning in Major Depressive Disorder. J Int Neuropsychol Soc, 1-14.
  6. Rao JA, Jenkins LM, Hymen E, Feigon M, Weisenbach SL, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA (2016). Differential Resting State Connectivity Patterns and Impaired Semantically Cued List Learning Test Performance in Early Course Remitted Major Depressive Disorder. J Int Neuropsychol Soc, 22(2), 225-39.
  7. Jenkins LM, Kassel MT, Gabriel LB, Gowins JR, Hymen EA, Verges A, Calamia M, Crane NA, Jacobs RH, Ajilore O, Welsh RC, Drevets WC, Phillips ML, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA (2015). Amygdala and dorsomedial hyperactivity to emotional faces in youth with remitted Major Depression.LID - nsv152 [pii]. (Epub ahead of print) Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci.
  8. Gabel NM, Crane NA, Avery ET, Kay RE, Laurent A, Giordani B, Alexander NB, Weisenbach SL (2015). Dual-tasking gait variability and cognition in late-life depression. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 30(11), 1120-8.
  9. Schallmo MP, Kassel MT, Weisenbach SL, Walker SJ, Guidotti-Breting LM, Rao JA, Hazlett KE, Considine CM, Sethi G, Vats N, Pecina M, Welsh RC, Starkman MN, Giordani B, Langenecker SA (2015). A new semantic list learning task to probe functioning of the Papez circuit. J Clin Exp Neuropsychol, 37(8), 816-33.
  10. Peters AT, Jacobs RH, Crane NA, Ryan KA, Weisenbach SL, Ajilore O, Lamar M, Kassel MT, Gabriel LB, West AE, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA (2015). Domain-specific impairment in cognitive control among remitted youth with a history of major depression.LID - 10.1111/eip.12253 [doi]. (Epub ahead of print) Early Interv Psychiatry.
  11. Rao JA, Kassel MT, Weldon AL, Avery ET, Briceno EM, Mann M, Cornett B, Kales HC, Zubieta JK, Welsh RC, Langenecker SA, Weisenbach SL (2015). The double burden of age and major depressive disorder on the cognitive control network. Psychol Aging, 30(2), 475-85.
  12. Ryan KA, Dawson EL, Kassel MT, Weldon AL, Marshall DF, Meyers KK, Gabriel LB, Vederman AC, Weisenbach SL, McInnis MG, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA (2015). Shared dimensions of performance and activation dysfunction in cognitive control in females with mood disorders. Brain, 138(Pt 5), 1424-34.
  13. Weldon AL, Hagan M, Van Meter A, Jacobs R, Kassel MT, Hazlett KE, Haase BD, Vederman AC, Avery E, Briceno EM, Welsh RC, Zubieta JK, Weisenbach SL, Langenecker SA (2015). fMRI is a mild stress challenge and is related to degree of limbic structure engagement during emotion processing in healthy individuals. Neuropsychobiology, 71(2), 85-96.
  14. Briceno EM, Rapport LJ, Kassel MT, Bieliauskas LA, Zubieta JK, Weisenbach SL, Langenecker SA (2015). Age and gender modulate the neural circuitry supporting facial emotion processing in adults with major depressive disorder. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 23(3), 304-13.
  15. Weisenbach SL, Kassel MT, Rao J, Weldon AL, Avery ET, Briceno EM, Ajilore O, Mann M, Kales HC, Welsh RC, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA (2014). Differential prefrontal and subcortical circuitry engagement during encoding of semantically related words in patients with late-life depression. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 29(11), 1104-15.
  16. Weisenbach SL, Marshall D, Weldon AL, Ryan KA, Vederman AC, Kamali M, Zubieta JK, McInnis MG, Langenecker SA (2014). The double burden of age and disease on cognition and quality of life in bipolar disorder. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 29(9), 952-61.
  17. Weisenbach SL, Rapport LJ, Briceno EM, Haase BD, Vederman AC, Bieliauskas LA, Welsh RC, Starkman MN, McInnis MG, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA (2014). Reduced emotion processing efficiency in healthy males relative to females. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci, 9(3), 316-25.
  18. Jacobs RH, Jenkins LM, Gabriel LB, Barba A, Ryan KA, Weisenbach SL, Verges A, Baker AM, Peters AT, Crane NA, Gotlib IH, Zubieta JK, Phan KL, Langenecker SA, Welsh RC (2014). Increased coupling of intrinsic networks in remitted depressed youth predicts rumination and cognitive control. PLoS ONE, 9(8), e104366.
  19. Briceno EM, Weisenbach SL, Rapport LJ, Hazlett KE, Bieliauskas LA, Haase BD, Ransom MT, Brinkman ML, Pecina M, Schteingart DE, Starkman MN, Giordani B, Welsh RC, Noll DC, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA (2013). Shifted inferior frontal laterality in women with major depressive disorder is related to emotion-processing deficits. Psychol Med, 43(7), 1433-45.
  20. Pecina M, Mickey BJ, Love T, Wang H, Langenecker SA, Hodgkinson C, Shen PH, Villafuerte S, Hsu D, Weisenbach SL, Stohler CS, Goldman D, Zubieta JK (2013). DRD2 polymorphisms modulate reward and emotion processing, dopamine neurotransmission and openness to experience. Cortex, 49(3), 877-90.
  21. Vederman AC, Weisenbach SL, Rapport LJ, Leon HM, Haase BD, Franti LM, Schallmo MP, Saunders EF, Kamali MM, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA, McInnis MG (2012). Modality-specific alterations in the perception of emotional stimuli in Bipolar Disorder compared to Healthy Controls and Major Depressive Disorder. Cortex, 48(8), 1027-34.
  22. Jelsone-Swain L, Persad C, Votruba KL, Weisenbach SL, Johnson T, Gruis KL, Welsh RC (2012). The Relationship between Depressive Symptoms, Disease State, and Cognition in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Front Psychol, 3, 542.
  23. Langenecker SA, Weisenbach SL, Giordani B, Briceno EM, Guidotti Breting LM, Schallmo MP, Leon HM, Noll DC, Zubieta JK, Schteingart DE, Starkman MN (2012). Impact of chronic hypercortisolemia on affective processing. Neuropharmacology, 62(1), 217-25.
  24. Wright SL, Kay RE, Avery ET, Giordani B, Alexander NB (2011). The impact of depression on dual tasking among patients with high fall risk. J Geriatr Psychiatry Neurol, 24(3), 142-50.
  25. Considine C, Wright SL, Walker SJ, McFadden M, Franti LM, Bieliauskas LA, Maixner D, Giordani B, Berent S, Langenecker SA (2011). Auditory memory decrements, without dissimulation, among patients with major depressive disorder. Arch Clin Neuropsychol, 26, 445-53.
  26. Drag LL, Wright SL, Bieliauskas LA (2010). Prescribing practices of anticholinergic medications and effects on cognition in an inpatient rehabilitation setting. J Appl Gerontol.
  27. Wright SL, Langenecker SA, Deldin PJ, Rapport LJ, Nielson KA, Kade AM, Own LS, Akil H, Young EA, Zubieta JK (2009). Gender-specific disruptions in emotion processing in younger adults with depression. Depress Anxiety, 26(2), 182-9.
  28. Wright SL, Canetto SS (2009). Stereotypes of older adult lesbians and gay men. Educ Gerontol, 35, 424-52.

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