Loyola University Chicago

Department of Psychology

Rebecca Silton

Title: Associate Professor, Clinical Psychology
Office: 240 Coffey Hall 
Phone: 773-508-3322

Background Information
Doctorate: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Post-Doctorate Fellowship: Seattle Children’s Hospital
Bachelors: Macalester College
Additional Information
Website:  WELL Lab
Researchgate: Rebecca Silton
Google Scholar: Rebecca Silton Google Scholar  
Classes Taught
PSYC 100 Psychological Perspectives of Globalization
PSYC 331 Abnormal Psychology
PSYC 390 Internship in Psychology
PSYC 552 Neuropsychology
PSYC 553 Neuropsychological Assessment
Research Interests
1) To identify basic neural mechanisms in the interaction of positive affect (ranging dimensionally from low to high positive affect) and cognitive function, 2) to understand disorders primarily characterized by low positive affect such as depression, postpartum depression, and chronic pain disorders using basic neuroscience methods, and 3) to advance neuroscience-informed interventions that target modifiable brain structures that implement affect in order to promote physical well-being and psychological vitality.
For additional information about our Well-being and Emotion Lab at Loyola (WELL LAB) please visit our webpage: www.siltonlab.org.
Selected Publications
Egbert, A. H., Bohnert, A. M., Bates, C. R., Loren, D. M., Creber, C., Rosania, K. A., Ward, A. K., Dugas, L., & Silton, R. L. (in press). The heat is on: A mixed-method examination of eating behavior and executive functions among low income minority girls during summertime. The Journal of Early Adolescence.

Papadakis, J.L., Fuller, A.K., Brewer, S. K., Silton, R.L., & Santiago, C.D. (2018). A daily diary study of executive functions, coping, and mood among low-income Latino adolescents. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 38, 824-848. 

Popov, T., Westner, B.U., Silton, R.L., Sass, S.M., Spielberg, J.M., Rockstroh, B., Heller, W., & Miller, G.A. (2018). Time course of brain network reconfiguration supporting inhibitory control. Journal of Neuroscience, 2639-17.

Zuckerman, R., Silton, R.L., Tu, F.F., Eng, J.S., & Hellman, K.M. (2018). Somatic symptoms in women with dysmenorrhea and non-cylic pelvic pain. Archives of Women’s Mental Health, 1 - 9.

Bohnert, A., Bates, C., Heard, A., Burdette, K., Ward, A., Silton, R.L., & Dugas, L. (2017). Improving urban minority girls' health via community summer programming. Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities, 4, 1237-1245.

Stockdale, L., Morrison, R.G., Polumbo, R., Garbarino, J., & Silton, R.L. (2017). Cool, callous and in control: Chronic violent video game play facilities response inhibition in the context of emotional distractors. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12, 1869–1880. 

Szekely, A., Silton, R.L., Heller, W., Miller, G.A., & Mohanty, A. (2017). Differential functional connectivity of rostral anterior cingulate cortex during emotional inference. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 12, 476 – 486. 

Bates, C., Bohnert, A., Ward, A., Burdette, K., Kliethermes, S., Welch, S.B., Silton, R.L., & Dugas, L. (2016) Sleep is in for summer: Patterns of sleep and physical activity in urban minority girls. Journal of Pediatric Psychology. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsw009 

Stockdale, L.A., Morrison, R.G., Kmeick, M.J., Garbarino, J. & Silton, R.L. (2015). Emotionally anesthetized: Media violence exposure induces changes during emotional face processing. Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience, 10 (10): 1373-1382. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsv025
Bohnert, A., Ward, A., Burdette, K., Silton, R.L., & Dugas, L (2014). An interdisciplinary evaluation of a community-based summertime program targeting obesogenic behaviors of low-income, ethnic minority girls. New Directions for Youth Development, 143, 133 – 150. doi: : 10.1002/yd.20107 

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

Rainey, V. R., Flores, V., Morrison, R. G., David, E. J. R., & Silton, R. L. (2014). Mental health risk factors associated with childhood language brokering. Journal of Multilingual and Multicultural Development, 35, 463 – 478. 

Sass, S.M., Heller, W., Fisher, J.E., Silton, R.L., Stewart, J.L., Crocker, L.D., J. Christopher Edgar, Mimnaugh, K.J., & Miller, G.A. (2014). Electrophysiological evidence of the time course of attentional bias in nonpatients reporting symptoms of 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., Heller, W., Silton, R. L., Stewart, J. L., & Miller, G. A. (2011). Approach and avoidance profiles distinguish dimensions of anxiety and depression. Cognitive Research and Therapy, 35, 359-371.

Silton, R.L., Heller, W., Towers, D.N., Engels, A.S., Edgar, J.C., Spielberg, J.M., Sass, S.M., Stewart, J.L., Sutton, B.P., Banich, M.T., & Miller, G.A. (2011). Depression and anxiety distinguish frontocingulate cortical activity during top-down attentional control. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 2, 272-285. 

Silton, R.L., Miller, G.A., Towers, D.N., Engels, A.S., Edgar, J.C., Spielberg, J.M., Sass, S.M., Stewart, J.L., Sutton, B.P., Banich, M.T., & Heller, W. (2010). The time course of anterior cingulate and prefrontal cortical activity during top-down attentional control. NeuroImage, 50, 1292 – 1302.