2020 applicants

Dr Megan Klabunde

Department of Psychology
Dr Megan Klabunde



Dr. Klabunde is a developmental neuroscientist that examines typical neurodevelopment and the development of psychopathology in children and adolescents. Her research examines the how one senses their body cues (interoception) and its role in emotion processing, empathy and the development of psychiatric symptoms. Additionally, Dr. Klabunde studies early life social interactions -specifically parent-child empathetic interactions/attachment- on interoceptive and psychopathology development. To conduct her research, she uses functional Near Infrared Spectrosophy (fNIRS), functional and structural Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI and sMRI), physiological monitoring equipment, eye tracking and behavioural tasks.


  • PhD Psychology Alliant International Unviersity, (2011)

  • Post-Doctoral Research Scholar- Applied Developmental Neuroscience Stanford University School of Medicine, (2016)

  • Post-Doctoral Fellow Stanford University School of Medicine, (2012)


Other academic

  • Lecturer, University of Essex (1/1/2019 - present)

  • Instructor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine (1/4/2016 - 1/2/2018)

Research and professional activities

Research interests


Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Social Cognition

Open to supervise

Human Attachment

Open to supervise


Open to supervise


Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Applied Psychology (PS118)

  • Brain and Behaviour (PS411)

  • Positive Psychology: The Science of Well-Being (PS510)

  • Advanced Brain and Behaviour (PS943)

  • Research Experience (PS944)


Journal articles (16)

Klabunde, M., Piccirilli, A., Bruno, J., Gendron, M. and Reiss, AL., Empathic accuracy in adolescent girls with Turner Syndrome

Baker, JM., Klabunde, M., Jo, B., Green, T. and Reiss, AL., (2020). On the relationship between mathematics and visuospatial processing in Turner syndrome. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 121, 135-142

Klabunde, M., Juszczak, H., Jordan, T., Baker, J., Bruno, J., Carrion, V. and Reiss, A., (2019). Functional neuroanatomy of interoceptive processing in children and adolescents: a pilot study. Scientific Reports. 9 (1), 16184-

Khalsa, SS., Adolphs, R., Cameron, OG., Critchley, HD., Davenport, PW., Feinstein, JS., Feusner, JD., Garfinkel, SN., Lane, RD., Mehling, WE., Meuret, AE., Nemeroff, CB., Oppenheimer, S., Petzschner, FH., Pollatos, O., Rhudy, JL., Schramm, LP., Simmons, WK., Stein, MB., Stephan, KE., Van den Bergh, O., Van Diest, I., von Leupoldt, A., Paulus, MP., Ainley, V., Al Zoubi, O., Aupperle, R., Avery, J., Baxter, L., Benke, C., Berner, L., Bodurka, J., Breese, E., Brown, T., Burrows, K., Cha, Y-H., Clausen, A., Cosgrove, K., Deville, D., Duncan, L., Duquette, P., Ekhtiari, H., Fine, T., Ford, B., Garcia Cordero, I., Gleghorn, D., Guereca, Y., Harrison, NA., Hassanpour, M., Hechler, T., Heller, A., Hellman, N., Herbert, B., Jarrahi, B., Kerr, K., Kirlic, N., Klabunde, M., Kraynak, T., Kriegsman, M., Kroll, J., Kuplicki, R., Lapidus, R., Le, T., Hagen, KL., Mayeli, A., Morris, A., Naqvi, N., Oldroyd, K., Pané-Farré, C., Phillips, R., Poppa, T., Potter, W., Puhl, M., Safron, A., Sala, M., Savitz, J., Saxon, H., Schoenhals, W., Stanwell-Smith, C., Teed, A., Terasawa, Y., Thompson, K., Toups, M., Umeda, S., Upshaw, V., Victor, T., Wierenga, C., Wohlrab, C., Yeh, H-W., Yoris, A., Zeidan, F., Zotev, V. and Zucker, N., (2018). Interoception and Mental Health: A Roadmap. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging. 3 (6), 501-513

Klabunde, M., Collado, D. and Bohon, C., (2017). An interoceptive model of bulimia nervosa: A neurobiological systematic review. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 94, 36-46

Klabunde, M., Weems, CF., Raman, M. and Carrion, VG., (2017). The moderating effects of sex on insula subdivision structure in youth with posttraumatic stress symptoms. Depression and Anxiety. 34 (1), 51-58

de Morree, A., Collman, F., Gordon, C. and Klabunde, M., (2017). United we stand. Nature. 549 (7673), 555-555

Klabunde, M., Saggar, M., Hustyi, KM., Kelley, RG., Reiss, AL. and Hall, SS., (2015). Examining the neural correlates of emergent equivalence relations in fragile X syndrome. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 233 (3), 373-379

Klabunde, M., Saggar, M., Hustyi, KM., Hammond, JL., Reiss, AL. and Hall, SS., (2015). Neural correlates of self-injurious behavior in Prader-Willi syndrome. Human Brain Mapping. 36 (10), 4135-4143

Weems, CF., Klabunde, M., Russell, JD., Reiss, AL. and Carrión, VG., (2015). Post-traumatic stress and age variation in amygdala volumes among youth exposed to trauma. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. 10 (12), 1661-1667

Dold, M., Aigner, M., Klabunde, M., Treasure, J. and Kasper, S., (2015). Second-generation antipsychotic drugs in anorexia nervosa: A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials. Psychotherapy and Psychosomatics. 84 (2), 110-116

Darcy, AM., Fitzpatrick, KK., Manasse, SM., Datta, N., Klabunde, M., Colborn, D., Aspen, V., Stiles-Shields, C., Labuschagne, Z., Le Grange, D. and Lock, J., (2015). Central coherence in adolescents with bulimia nervosa spectrum eating disorders. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 48 (5), 487-493

Klabunde, M., Acheson, DT., Boutelle, KN., Matthews, SC. and Kaye, WH., (2013). Interoceptive sensitivity deficits in women recovered from bulimia nervosa. Eating Behaviors. 14 (4), 488-492

Strigo, IA., Matthews, SC., Simmons, AN., Oberndorfer, T., Klabunde, M., Reinhardt, LE. and Kaye, WH., (2013). Altered insula activation during pain anticipation in individuals recovered from anorexia nervosa: Evidence of interoceptive dysregulation. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 46 (1), 23-33

Powers, PS., Klabunde, M. and Kaye, W., (2012). Double-blind placebo-controlled trial of quetiapine in anorexia nervosa. European Eating Disorders Review. 20 (4), 331-334

Duvvuri, V., Cromley, T., Klabunde, M., Boutelle, K. and Kaye, WH., (2012). Differential weight restoration on olanzapine versus fluoxetine in identical twins with anorexia nervosa. International Journal of Eating Disorders. 45 (2), 294-297

Book chapters (1)

Alexander, J., (2013). A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders. In: A Collaborative Approach to Eating Disorders. Routledge. 35- 52. 9780203816691

Conferences (2)

Carrion, VG., Klabunde, M., Weems, CF., Ramen, M. and Reiss, AL., (2014). Insula Measures and Emotional Cognitive Interplay in Youth with Post-Traumatic Stress Symptoms: Does Gender Matter?

Oberndorfer, TA., Frank, GK., Simmons, A., Klabunde, M., Paulus, MR. and Kaye, WH., (2008). Increased insula response to sucrose stimulation in recovered bulimic women


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