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Gregory A. Miller
Distinguished Professor
Department Chair
Ph. D.,
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Primary Area:
Clinical Psychology
Secondary Area:
Behavioral Neuroscience
1257D Franz Hall
(310) 825-2288
Research and Teaching Interests:

I study mechanisms relating cognitive, emotional, and physiological aspects of normal and abnormal human behavior, using the methods of cognitive, affective, social, and clinical psychophysiology / neuroscience. Interests include executive function, emotional dysregulation, and sensory processes as well as development of multimodal neuroimaging methods. The research integrates sMRI, fMRI, and dense-array scalp event-related brain potential (EEG/ERP) and magnetoencephalography (MEG) measures as well as structured diagnostic interviews and neuropsychological testing. In collaboration with Profs. Cindy Yee-Bradbury, Keith Nuechterlein, Katie Karlsgodt, and Naomi Eisenberger at UCLA, MRI and EEG studies evaluate stress dynamics in schizophrenia. In collaboration with Prof. Brigitte Rockstroh and Dr. Tzvetan Popov at the University of Konstanz (Germany), MRI, MEG, and EEG studies explore compromised sensory, emotional, and cognitive processing in schizophrenia to develop cognitive treatment methods evaluated neuropsychologically and via MEG and EEG. In collaboration with Profs. Wendy Heller and Brad Sutton at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Prof. Jeff Spielberg at Delaware, and Prof. Marie Banich at Colorado, MRI and EEG studies address questions of regional brain specialization in emotion and its effects on executive function, with a particular interest in differentiation of depression and anxiety in large multimodal neuroimaging data sets collected at Illinois. Recent publications include philosophy-of-science issues and policy issues that arise in psychological and biological research on cognition, emotion, and psychopathology as well as methods papers in psychophysiology / neuroscience and statistics. Teaching in recent years has addressed clinical psychophysiology / neuroscience, psychopathology, philosophy of science, electronics, and biological signal processing. While on the faculty at Illinois, I served as Director of the Biomedical Imaging Center, Director of Clinical Training, Program Director of the NIMH-funded "Training in Cognitive Psychophysiology" T32 training grant, Cognitive Neuroscience Group Leader, and Chair of the State of Illinois Clinical Psychologists Licensing and Disciplinary Board, and most of my teaching was supervision of inpatient assessment and outpatient psychotherapy. I moved to the University of Delaware as Department Chair in 2011 and to UCLA as Department Chair in 2013, where I co-direct the Laboratory of Clinical and Affective Psychophysiology with Prof. Cindy Yee-Bradbury.

Representative Publications:

[2013+ as of December 2016]

Chen, Y.-H., Edgar, J.C., Huang, M., Hunter, M.A., Epstein, E., Howell, B., Lu, B.Y., Bustillo, J., Miller, G.A., & Cañive, J.M. (2013). Frontal and superior temporal auditory processing abnormalities in schizophrenia. NeuroImage: Clinical, 2, 695-702.

Crocker, L. D., Heller, W., Warren, S.L., O'Hare, A.J., Infantolino, Z.P., & Miller, G.A. (2013). Relationships among cognition, emotion, and motivation: Implications for intervention and neuroplasticity in psychopathology. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, article 261, 1-19.

Edgar, J.C., Chen, Y.-H., Lanza, M., Howell, B., Chow, V., Heiken, K., Liu, S., Wootton, C., Hunter, M.A., Huang, M., Miller, G.A., & Cañive, J.M. (2013). Cortical thickness as a contributor to abnormal oscillations in schizophrenia? NeuroImage: Clinical, 4, 122-129.

Fisher, J.E., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2013). Neuropsychological differentiation of adaptive creativity and schizotypal cognition. Personality and Individual Differences, 54, 70-75.

Miller, G.A., Crocker, L.D., Spielberg, J.M., Infantolino, Z.P, & Heller, W. (2013). Issues in localization of brain function: The case of lateralized frontal cortex in cognition, emotion, and psychopathology. Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 7, article 2, 1-9. doi: 10.3389/fnint.2013.00002. PMCID: PMC3558680.

Miller, G.A., & Rockstroh, B. (2013). Endophenotypes in psychopathology research: Where do we stand? Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 9, 177-213.

Popov, T., Miller, G.A., Rockstroh, B., & Weisz, N. (2013). Modulation of alpha power and functional connectivity during facial affect recognition. Journal of Neuroscience, 33, 6018-6026. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2763-12.2013

Spielberg, J.M., De Leon, A.A., Bredemeier, K., Heller, W., Engels, A.S., Warren, S.L., Crocker, L.D., Sutton, B.P., & Miller, G.A. (2013). Anxiety type modulates immediate vs. delayed engagement of brain regions subserving attention. Brain and Behavior,3, 532-551.

Spielberg, J.M., Heller, W., & Miller, G.A.. (2013). Hierarchical brain networks active in approach and avoidance goal pursuit. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, article 284, 1-15.

Sussman, T.J., Heller, W., Miller, G.A., & Mohanty, A. (2013). Emotional distractors can enhance attention. Psychological Science, 24, 2322-2328. doi 10.1177/0956797613492774.

Warren, S.L., Crocker, L.D., Spielberg, J.M., Engels, A.S., Banich, M.T., Sutton, B.P., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2013). Cortical organization of inhibition-related functions and modulation by psychopathology. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, article 271, 1-13.

Carolus, A.M., Schubring, D., Popov, T.G., Popova, P., Miller, G.A., & Rockstroh, B.S. (2014). Functional cognitive and cortical abnormalities in chronic and first-admission schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 157, 40-47.

Fisher, J.E., Miller, G.A., Sass, S.M., Silton, R.L., Edgar, J.C., Stewart, J.L., Zhou, J., & Heller, W. (2014). Neural correlates of suspiciousness and interactions with anxiety during emotional and neutral word processing. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality and Social Psychology, 5, 596. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00596

Horan, W., Wynn, J.K., Mathis, I., Miller, G.A., & Green, M.F. (2014). Approach and withdrawal motivation in schizophrenia: An examination of frontal brain asymmetric activity. PloS ONE. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110007

Infantolino, Z.P., & Miller, G.A. (2014). Psychophysiological methods in neuroscience. In E. Diener & R. Biswas-Diener (Eds), Noba textbook series: Psychology. Champaign, IL: DEF Publishers. DOI:

Keil, A., Debener, S., Gratton, G., Junghöfer, M., Kappenman, E.S., Luck, S.J., Luu, P., Miller, G.A., & Yee, C.M. (2014). Committee report: Publication guidelines and recommendations for studies using electroencephalography and magnetoencephalography. Psychophysiology, 51, 1-21.

Letkiewicz, A. M.¸ Heller, W., Crocker, L. D., Warren, S. L., Infantolino, Z. P., Mimnaugh, K. J., & Miller, G.A. (2014). Executive function deficits in daily life predict increases in depressive symptoms. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 38, 612-620.

Miller, G.A., Clayson, P.E., & Yee, C.M. (2014). Hunting genes, hunting endophenotypes. Psychophysiology, 51, 1329-1330. NIHMS627013.

Popov, T.G., Rockstroh, B.S., Popova, P., Carolus, A., & Miller, G.A. (2014). Dynamics of alpha oscillations elucidate facial affect recognition in schizophrenia. Cognitive, Affective, and Behavioral Neuroscience, 14, 364-377. doi: 10.3758/s13415-013-0194-2.

Popova, P., Popov, T., Wienbruch, C., Carolus, A., Miller, G.A., & Rockstroh, B. (2014). Changing facial affect recognition in schizophrenia: Effects of training on brain dynamics. NeuroImage: Clinical, 6, 156-165.

*Sadeh, N., *Spielberg, J.M., Warren, S.L., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2014). Aberrant neural connectivity during emotional processing associated with posttraumatic stress. Clinical Psychological Science, 2, 748-755. DOI: 10.1177/2167702614533949. *Authors contributed equally.

Sass, S.M., Heller, W., Fisher, J.E., Silton, R.L., Stewart, J.L., Crocker, L.D., Mimnaugh, K.J., Edgar, J.C., & Miller, G.A. (2014). Electrophysiological evidence of the time course of attentional bias in depression with and without co-occurring anxiety. Frontiers in Psychology: Personality Science and Individual Differences, 5, 301. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2014.00301

Spielberg, J.M., Miller, G.A., Warren, S.L., Sutton, B.P., Banich, M.T., & Heller, W. (2014). Transdiagnostic dimensions of anxiety and depression moderate motivation-related brain networks during goal maintenance. Depression and Anxiety,10, 805-813. doi: 10.1002/da.22271

Chen, Y.-H., Howell, B., Edgar, J.C., Huang, M., Wootton, C., Hunter, M.A., Epstein, E., Lu, B.Y., Sadek, J.R., Miller, G.A., & Cañive, J.M. (2015). Frontal slow-wave activity as a predictor of negative symptoms, cognition, and functional capacity in schizophrenia. British Journal of Psychiatry,206, 1-8. doi:10.1192/bjp.bp.114.156075

Hur, J., McDavitt, J.B., Heller, W., Crocker, L.D., Towers, D.N., Warren, S.L., Spielberg, J. M., & Miller, G.A. (2015). Interactive effects of trait and state affect on top-down control of attention. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. DOI:10.1093/scan/nsu163.

Miller, G.A., & Yee, C.M. (2015). Moving psychopathology forward. Psychological Inquiry, 26, 263-267. DOI: 10.1080/1047840X.2015.1037818.

Popov, T.G., Carolus, A., Schubring, D., Popova, P., Miller, G.A., & Rockstroh, B.S. (2015). Targeted training modifies oscillatory brain activity in schizophrenia patients. NeuroImage: Clinical, 7, 807-814.

Popov, T., Wienbruch, C., Meissner, S., Miller, G.A., & Rockstroh, B. (2015). A mechanism of deficient inter-regional neural communication in schizophrenia. Psychophysiology, 52, 648-656. doi: 10.1111/psyp.12393.

Sharp, P.B., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2015). Transdiagnostic dimensions of anxiety: Neural mechanisms,  executive functions, and new directions. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 98, 365-377.

Spielberg, J.M., Miller, G.A., Heller, W., & Banich, M.T. (2015). Flexible brain network reconfiguration supporting inhibitory control. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112, 10020-10025.

Verona, E., & Miller, G.A. (2015). Analysis of covariance. In R.L. Cautin & S.O. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The encyclopedia of clinical psychology (pages 136-142). New York: Wiley. doi:10.1002/9781118625392.wbecp224

Yee, C.M., Javitt, D.C., & Miller, G.A. (2015). Replacing categorical with dimensional analyses in psychiatry research: The RDoC initiative. JAMA Psychiatry, 72, 1159-1160.

Bredemeier, K., Warren, S.L., Berenbaum, H., Miller, G.A., & Heller, W. (2016). Executive function deficits associated with current and past major depressive symptoms. Journal of Affective Disorders, 204, 226-233.

Edgar, J.C., & Miller, G.A. (2016). Digital signal processing. Mathable, Inc., Champaign, IL.

Girz, L., Driver-Linn, E., Miller, G.A., & Deldin, P.J. (2016). Evaluation of life events in major depression: Assessing negative emotional bias. Clinical Psychology & Psychotherapy. doi:

Kustermann, T., Rockstroh, B., Kienle, J., Miller, G.A., & Popov, T. (2016). Deficient attention modulation of lateralized alpha power in schizophrenia. Psychophysiology, 53, 776-785.

Miller, G.A., & Rockstroh, B. (2016). Progress and prospects for endophenotypes for schizophrenia in the time of genomics, epigenetics, oscillatory dynamics, and RDoC. In T. Nickl-Jockschat & T. Abel (Eds.), The neurobiology of schizophrenia (pages 17-38). Elsevier.

Miller, G.A., Rockstroh, B., Hamilton, H.K., & Yee, C.M. (2016). Psychophysiology as a core strategy in RDoC. Psychophysiology, 53, 410-414.

Burdwood, E.N., Infantolino, Z.P., Crocker, L.D., Spielberg, J.M., Banich, M.T., Miller, G.A., &  Heller, W. (In press). Resting-state functional connectivity differentiates anxious apprehension, anxious arousal, and depression. Psychophysiology.

Clayson, P.E., & Miller, G.A. (In press). ERP Reliability Analysis (ERA) Toolbox: An open-source toolbox for analyzing the reliability of event-related brain potentials. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Clayson, P.E., & Miller, G.A. (In press). Psychometric considerations in the measurement of event-related brain potentials: Guidelines for measurement and reporting. International Journal of Psychophysiology.

Infantolino, Z.P., Crocker, L.D., Heller, W., Yee, C.M., & Miller, G.A. (In press). Psychophysiology in pursuit of psychopathology. In J.T. Cacioppo, L.G. Tassinary, & G.G. Berntson (Eds.), Handbook of psychophysiology (fourth edition). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Infantolino, Z.P., Lake, J.I., & Miller, G.A. (In press). Psychophysiological assessment of psychopathology: fMRI. In J.N. Butcher, J. Hooley, & P.C. Kendall (Eds.), APA handbook of psychopathology, Volume 1: Adult psychopathology: Understanding, assessing and treating adult mental disorders. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Szekely, A., Heller, W., Miller, G.A., & Mohanty, A. (In press). Differential functional connectivity of rostral anterior cingulate cortex during emotional interference. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

Sun, M., Vinograd, M., Miller, G., Craske, M. G. (In press). Research Domain Criteria (RDoC) and emotion regulation. In T. Ollendick & C. Essau (Eds.), Emotion regulation and psychopathology in children and adolescents. New York, NY: Oxford University Press.