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  • Naomi Sadeh, Assistant Professor

    Assistant Professor
    University of Delaware
    222 Wolf Hall
    Newark, DE 19716


    ​My research focuses on understanding why people engage in risky, impulsive, and self-destructive behavior, with a special emphasis on elucidating how sensitivity and resiliency to life stress contributes to these harmful behaviors. As a clinical psychologist, I am particularly interested in disorders marked by severe self-regulation deficits (e.g., psychopathy, antisocial personality disorder, posttraumatic stress disorder, substance use disorders) and related public health problems (e.g., suicidal behavior, violence, substance use, criminal behavior). I use a multilevel framework in my research that spans biological (neurobiology, genes), psychological (personality traits, emotion-cognition interactions, psychopathology), and environmental (traumatic life events, stress exposure) units of analysis. Consequently, I use a range of methodological approaches, including functional and structural neuroimaging, molecular genetics, laboratory tasks, and clinical surveys in my work. The ultimate goal of my program of research is to use the knowledge gained about the origins of impulsivity and deficits in self-regulation to improve prevention and treatment efforts for individuals at high risk for these clinical outcomes, including psychiatric patients, traumatized individuals, and criminal offenders.​


    ​Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

    Recent Publications

    Representative Publications

    Sadeh, N. & Baskin-Sommers, A. (in press). Risky, impulsive, and self-destructive behavior Questionnaire (RISQ): A validation study. Assessment.  

    Sadeh, N., Wolf, E.J., Logue, M.W., Lusk, J., Hayes, J.P., McGlinchey, R.E., Milberg, W.P., Stone, A., Schichman, S.A., & Miller, M.W. (2016). Polygenic risk for externalizing psychopathology and executive dysfunction in trauma-exposed veterans. Clinical Psychological Science, 4, 545-558.

    Sadeh, N., Spielberg, J.M., Miller, M.W., Milberg, W.P., Salat, D.H., Amick, M., Fortier, C. & McGlinchey, R.E. (2015). Neurobiological indicators of disinhibition in posttraumatic stress disorder. Human Brain Mapping, 36, 3076-3086.

    Sadeh, N., Binder, R.L., & McNiel, D.E. (2014). Recent victimization predicts violence among justice-involved persons with mental illness. Law & Human Behavior, 38, 119-125.

    Sadeh, N. & McNiel, D.E. (2013). Facets of anger, childhood sexual victimization, and gender as predictors of suicide attempts in psychiatric patients after hospital discharge. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 122, 879-890.

    Sadeh, N. & Verona, E. (2012). Visual complexity attenuates emotional processing in psychopathy: Implications for fear-potentiated startle deficits. Cognitive, Affective, & Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 346-360.

    Sadeh, N., & Verona, E. (2008). Psychopathic traits associated with abnormal selective attention and impaired cognitive control. Neuropsychology, 22, 669-680.





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