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Department of Psychiatry

Department of Psychology

Sharon K. Hunter, PhD 
      Sharon K. Hunter, PhD

 

University of Colorado AMC
School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry
F546
Aurora, CO 80045
Phone: 303-724-6201
Email:  Dr. Sharon Hunter 

 

Sharon K. Hunter, PhD

Associate Professor


 

ACADEMIC APPOINTMENTS, PROFESSIONAL POSITIONS, AND HONORS

Positions and Employment:

Undergraduate Research Assistant, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, 1995-1996      

Graduate Research Associate, Georgia Institute of Technology,  School of Psychology, Dr. Randall Engle, 1999-2000

Graduate Research Assistant, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC, Dr. John E Richards, 1996-2001                   

Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2001- 2003     

Instructor, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 2003-2004

Instructor, Department of Psychology, Eastern New Mexico University, Portales, NM

Instructor, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, 6/2005-10/2005

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2005-2013

Director, Psychiatry Summer Education and Training Program;  Psychiatry Scholars Program, School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, 2009-Present

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado School of Medicine, 2013-present

 

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association

International Society for Infant Studies

Society for Research in Child Development

Developmental Psychobiology Research Group

 

Teaching Activities:

Adjunct Professor, University of Colorado Denver, Department of Psychology, 2008-Present

    • Introductory Psychology
    • Biological Basis of Behavior
    • Behavioral Neuroscience

 Instructor, Eastern New Mexico University, 2003

    • Introduction to Psychology
    • Psychology of Adjustment
    • Sex Roles in Society

Instructor, Regis University, 2002

    • Introduction to Psychology

Instructor, Metropolitan State College of Denver, 2002

    • Introduction to Statistics
    • Research Methods

Instructor, University of South Carolina, 1999

    • Introduction to Psychology

Instructor, Mississippi University for Women, 1995

    • Atypical/Gifted Populations

Other Professional Activities:

Ad hoc reviewer: NeuroReport, Sleep, Infant Mental Health, American Journal of Psychiatry

Abstract reviewer: Society of Research in Child Development, 2009

Faculty, Senate, 2007-2010 

 

SCHOLARSHIPS AND PUBLICATIONS

Peer-Reviewed Publications:        

Sparks, T.A. *, Hunter, S.K., Backman, T.L., Morgan, G.A., Ross, R.G. (2011). Maternal parenting stress and mothers' reports of their infants' mastery motivation. Infant Behavior and Development, Advance access, September 3, 2011

Hunter, S.K., Kisley, M.A., McCarthy, L., Freedman, R., & Ross, R.G. (2010). Dimished cerebral inhibition in neonates associated with risk factors for schizophrenia: Parental psychosis, maternal depression and nicotine use. Schizophrenia Bulletin, Advance access, Apr 19, 2010.

Ross, R.G., Stevens, K.E., Proctor, W.R., Leonard, S., Kisley, M.A., Hunter, S.K., Freedman, R., & Adams, C.A. (2010). Research review: Cholinergic mechanisms, early brain development, and risk for schizophrenia. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 51, 535-549. 

Hunter, S.K., Corral, N., Ponicsan, H., & Ross, R.G. (2008). Reliability of auditory sensory gating measures in infants during active sleep. NeuroReport, 19, 79-82.

Freedman, R., Ross, R., Leonard, S., Myles-Worsley, M., Adams, C.E., Waldo, M., Tregellas, J., Martin, L., Olincy, A., Tanabe, J., Kisley, M.A., Hunter, S., & Stevens, K.E. (2005). Early biomarkers of psychosis. Dialogues in Clinical Neuroscience, 7, 17-29.

Hunter, S.K., & Richards, J.E. (2003). Peripheral stimulus localization by 5- to- 14-week-old infants during attention. Infancy, 4, 1-25.

Richards, J.E., & Hunter, S.K. (2001) Testing neural models of development of infant visual attention. Developmental Psychobiology, 40, 226-236.

Richards, J.E., & Hunter, S.K. (1998). Attention and eye movements in young infants: Neural control and development. In Cognitive Neuroscience of  Attention: A Developmental Perspective. J.E. Richards (Ed.). Mahway, NJ: Erlbaum.

Richards, J.E., & Hunter, S.K. (1997). Peripheral stimulus localization by infants with eye and head movements during visual attention. Vision Research, 37, 3021-3035.

Publications Submitted or In Preparation:

Herndon, A.C. *, Hunter, S.K., Ross, R.G. (submitted). The effects of prenatal drug exposures on infant auditory sensory gating. Journal of Neurology.

Calvin, E.A.*, Hunter, S.K., Ross, R.G. (submitted). Cognitive inhibitory deficits in at-risk four year olds. Developmental Psychology.

Hunter, S.K. & Richards, J.E. (submitted). Characteristics of eye movements to a 'Sesame Street' movie from 8 to 26 weeks of age. Developmental Neuropsychology.

Ross, R.G., Hunter, S.K., & Hanna, K. (submitted). Psychopathology is elevated in fathers of young infants who do not participate in research studies: Failure of maternal report to compensate. Mental Illness.

Hunter, S.K., & Ross, R.G. (in preparation). MMN to Temporal Deviants in Infants.

Backman, T.L., Hunter, S.K., & Ross, R.G. (in preparation). The Mullen Scales of Early Learning demonstrate low stability across infancy.

Schneider, J.*, Hunter, S., & Ross, R. (in preparation). The effects of maternal prenatal depression on P50 auditory sensory gating in infants.

Hunter, S.K. & Richards, J.E. (in preparation). Effect of testing position and stimulus characteristics on saccades to peripheral targets.

Presentations/Posters

Gillow, S.*, Hunter, S.K., Ross, R.G. Auditory sensory gating in preschoolers. Western Medical Student Research Forum, Carmel, CA. October, 2009.

Sparks, T.*, Hunter, S., Backman, T. Depressed mothers' perceptions of their infants' mastery motivation. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Honolulu, HI. October, 2009.

Schneider, J.*, Hunter, S., & Ross, R. The effects of maternal prenatal depression on P50 auditory sensory gating in infants. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Honolulu, HI. October 2009.

Herndon, A.*, Hunter, S., & Ross, R. How does auditory sensory gating in newborns with prenatal nicotine and/or drug exposure differ from newborns with normal prenatal exposures? Western Medical Student Research Forum, Carmel, CA. October 2008.

Hunter, S.K. Women, depression, and choline in the brain. Presentation at Hot Topics in Women's Health, University of Colorado Denver, October 20, 2008.

Hunter, S.K. Neurodevelopmental approach to the study of infant developmental risk. Presentation at NARSAD Healthy Minds Symposium, Aurora, CO September 14, 2008.

Hunter, S.K., Kisley, M.A., Freedman, R., & Ross, R.G. (2008). Association of parental psychosis and nicotine use with impaired auditory sensory gating in newborns. Junior Faculty Poster Session, Department of Psychiatry, University of Colorado Denver, Denver, CO.

Hunter, S.K., Carlson, J.P., Corral, N., Ponicsan, H., & Ross, R.G. (2007). Differential effects of prenatal nicotine exposure on auditory sensory gating in infant based upon parental history of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. International Congress for Schizophrenia Research, Colorado Springs, CO.

Lipmanson, R.*, Hunter, S., Davalos, D.B., Hood, R., Freedman, R., Ross, R.G. (2007). Effects of prenatal nicotine exposure on mismatch negativity in infants. International Congress for Schizophrenia Research, Colorado Springs, CO.

Sparks, T.*, Hunter, S.,& Backman, T. (2007). Depressed mothers' perceptions of their infants' mastery motivation. Western Student Medical Research Forum, Carmel, CA.

Schneider, J.*, Hunter, S., & Randy, R. (2007). The effects of maternal prenatal depression on P50 auditory sensory gating in infants. Western Student Medical Research Forum, Carmel, CA.

Hunter, S.K., Kisley, M.A., Freedman, R., & Ross, R.G. (2006). Auditory Sensory Gating in Young Infants Prenatally Exposed to Nicotine. Developmental Psychobiology Research Group. Estes Park, CO, May 2006.

Hunter, S.K., Kisley, M.A., Freedman, R. & Ross, R.G. (2003). Auditory Sensory Gating in Young Infants Prenatally Exposed to Nicotine. International Congress for Schizophrenia Research. Colorado Springs, CO.

Hunter, S.K. (2002). Infant distractibility or in distractibility: It's about eye movement control. Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, Estes Park, CO, May 2002.

Hunter, S.K. (2002). Infant distractibility or in distractibility: Is it really just eye movement control? Invited address. International Society for Infancy Studies, Toronto, Canada, April 2002

Hunter, S.K. (2002). Eye movements and risk for schizophrenia. Developmental Psychobiology Research Group, Denver, CO, January 2002.

Hunter, S.K., & Richards, J.E. (2000). Developmental changes in "main sequence" relations in infant saccades. International Society for Infancy Studies, Brighton, England, May 2000.

Hunter, S.K., & Richards, J.E. (1998). Peripheral stimulus localization during visual attention in 5- ,8- ,11-, 14- week-old infants. International Society for Infancy Studies, Atlanta, GA, April 1998.

Note: * denotes medical student trainee

 

Grants and Contracts:

NIH (PI: S Hunter), R03 HD058033, 05/27/09-4/30/11

“Attention and Smooth Pursuit in Infants of Parents with a History of Psychosis”

This project will assess eye tracking in infants of parents with a psychotic illness.

 NIMH (Supplement Director: S. Hunter, PI: R. Freedman), MH068582, 07/09-06/30/14

"Summer Education and Training (SET) Program: Program targeted at underserved populations in research training programs."

This project will encourage underserved undergraduates to enrolling research training programs.

 

NIMH (PI: R Ross),  2 R01 MH56539, 07/01/97-01/31/10 (on no cost extension)                                            

“Childhood Physiology and Risk for Schizophrenia”

This project will assess the impact of normal infant development, maternal smoking status, and parental diagnosis of schizophrenia on P50 sensory gating.

 

NIMH (PI: R. Freedman; Project 4 Director: R Ross), 5 P50 MH068582 (Silvio O. Conte Center), 08/01/09-07/31/14

“Molecular Neurobiology of Schizophrenia”

This proposed Center studies the effects of polymorphisms in genes related to schizophrenia, such as CHRNA7, on a variety of phenotypes associated with the illness.  These phenotypes include the expression of CHRNA7 and other genes in post mortem brain, the function of olfactory neurons, the hemodynamic response of the brain to complex stimuli, and sensory gating abnormalities in adults and in infants at risk for schizophrenia.