Christopher Sege, M.S.

Biography

Christopher Sege, M.S., is a doctoral candidate at the University of Florida in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology. Christopher graduated magna cum laude from Boston College in 2008, with honors in Psychology and English. He then worked as a Research Assistant and Coordinator in the Boston VA National Center for PTSD before starting graduate training at UF in 2010. Christopher is in the Emotion/ Neuroscience track of the Clinical and Health Psychology program, and he works as a senior Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention (CSEA), under the mentorship of Dr. Peter J. Lang. As a member of the CSEA, Christopher coordinates, supervises, and conducts clinical assessments for a 5-year, multi-site, NIMH-funded study of emotional mechanisms in anxiety and mood disorders, and he plays an integral role in preparing and analyzing data for that project as well. In August 2016, Christopher will begin a pre-doctoral internship at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Research Focus

During his time at UF, Christopher has been involved with numerous studies investigating basic mechanisms of human emotion and emotional/ motivational mechanisms of clinical anxiety, fear and depression. Studies he has designed, implemented, analyzed and published have examined processes involved in emotional anticipation using various measurement tools (e.g., peripheral and reflex physiology, eye movements, EEG, fMRI).  His dissertation is a primary data collection experiment that examines defensive response patterns, across different aversive coping contexts, of individuals reporting high or low trait anxiousness.

Publications

Renfroe, J. B., Bradley, M. M., Sege, C. T., & Bowers, D. (under review). LPP modulation during emotional picture free viewing in older and younger adults. Psychology and Aging.

Sege, C. T., Bradley, M. M., & Lang, P. J. (2014). Startle modulation during emotional anticipation and perception. Psychophysiology, 51, 977 – 81.

Sege, C. T., Bradley, M. M., & Lang, P. J. (2015). Prediction and perception: Defensive startle modulation. Psychophysiology, 52, 1664 – 8.

Sege, C. T., Bradley, M. M., Weymar, M., & Lang, P. J. (under review). A direct comparison of appetitive and aversive anticipation: Overlapping and distinct neural activation. NeuroImage.

Sloan, D. M., Sege, C. T., McSweeney, L. B., Suvak, M. K., Shea, M. T., & Litz, B. T. (2010). Development of a borderline personality disorder-relevant picture stimulus set. Journal of Personality Disorders, 24, 664 – 675.

Suvak, M. K., Sege, C. T., Sloan, D. M., Shea, M. T., & Litz, B. T. (2012). Emotional processing in borderline personality disorder. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 3, 273 – 282.

Weymar, M., Bradley, M. M., Sege, C. T., & Lang, P. J. (under review). Neurobiological mechanisms of emotional memory: An IAPS picture study. NeuroImage.

Presentations

Herring, D.R., Bradley, M.M., Sege, C.T., Henderson, R.R., Andrion, K., Strauss, C.C., … & Lang, P.J. (2015, Apr.). A brain-based analysis of the anxiety spectrum: Event-related potentials. Poster presented at annual meeting of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America, Miami, FL.

Sege, C.T., Bradley, M.M., & Lang, P.J. (2015, Sept.) Getting ready to escape: Blink reflex modulation and autonomic reactivity. Poster presented at 55th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Seattle, WA.

Sege, C.T., Herring, D.H.., Bradley, M.M., & Lang, P.J. (2015, Sept.). Functional brain activity during scene processing: Specific content. Poster presented at 55th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Seattle, WA.

Herring, D.R., Bradley, M.M., Sege, C.T., Henderson, R.R., Andrion, K., Laplante, M., … & Lang, P.J. (2014, Sept.) Startle potentiation in anxiety patients: Does stress lower our defenses? Poster presented at 54th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Atlanta, GA.

Sege, C.T., Bradley, M.M., Weymar, M., & Lang, P.J. (2014, Sept.). Brain regions involved in emotional anticipation and imagery. Poster presented at the 54th annual meeting of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Atlanta, GA.

Sege, C. T., Bradley, M. M., & Lang, P. J. (2013, Oct.). Does knowing what’s coming affect emotional reactions?  Poster presented at the 53rd annual conference of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Florence, IT.

Sege, C. T., Bradley, M. M., Weymar, M. & Lang, P. J. (2012, Sept.). Neural mechanisms of anticipation and perception. Poster presented at the 52nd annual conference of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, New Orleans, LA.

Sege, C. T., Bradley, M. M., & Lang, P. J. (2011, Sept.). Anticipation, affect, and attention: Central and peripheral mechanisms. Poster presented at the 51st annual conference of the Society for Psychophysiological Research, Boston, MA.

Sege, C.T., Suvak, M.K., Sloan, D., Shea, T.M., & Litz, B.T. (2010, May). Emotional processing in borderline personality disorder. Symposium presentation given at the 22nd annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, MA.

Arditte, K. A., Sege, C. T., Steenkamp, M., Salters-Pedneault, K. & Litz, B. T. (2009, Nov). Perpetrator intimacy and the mental health impact of sexual assault. Poster presented at the 43rd annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.

Sege, C. T., Arditte, K. A., Steenkamp, M., Salters-Pedneault, K., & Litz, B.T. (2009, May). Sexual assault by an intimate other predicts maintenance of PTSD symptoms. Poster presented at the 21st annual conference of the Association for Psychological Science, San Francisco, CA.

Sege, C.T., Levy, H., McSweeney, L., Suvak, M., Papa, A., & Litz, B.T. (2008, Nov.). The relationship between negative affectivity, appraisal of PTSD symptoms, and PTSD symptom severity in service members with a history of overseas deployment. Poster presented at the Disaster & Trauma Special Interest Group of the 42nd annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Orlando, FL.

Awards and Memberships

Research Travel Award, Graduate Student Council, University of Florida (2013)

Student Travel Award, Society for Psychophysiological Research (2012)

Scientist-Practitioner Award finalist, UF Department of Clinical Psychology (2013)

Student Member, Society for Psychophysiological Research (2011 – Present)

Student Member, American Psychological Association (2014 – Present)

Leadership

Clinical and Research Coordinator, UF CSEA (2013 – Present)

Student Representative, Clinic Operations Group (2015 – Present)

Volunteer Therapist, Free Therapy Night (2013 & 2015)

Volunteer Camp Counselor, UF Craniofacial Camp (2011 – 2014)