Dr Megan Klabunde

Department of Psychology
Dr Megan Klabunde
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    2.729, Colchester Campus

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Dr. Megan Klabunde uses advanced research methods such as multi-modal imaging, psychophysiology and neurobehavioral assessments to focus on typical and atypical neurodevelopment during childhood and adolescence. Her research focuses on interoception -the sense of the internal condition of the body- and the genetic and environmental factors that influence its neurodevelopment. Additionally, her research examines the link between interoception and social cognition. Her work implements state of the art acquisition and analyses tools in order to study the developing structure and function of the brain such as hyperscanning, functional localiser approaches, connectivity (functional, physiological, effective and multivariate), mixed modeling and machine learning analysis tools. She has extensive experience working with young people impacted by psychiatric, neurogenetic and medical disorders that are associated with interoceptive deficits.


  • PhD Psychology Alliant International Unviersity, (2011)

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

  • NIMH T32 Post-Doctoral Fellow Stanford University School of Medicine, (2012)


University of Essex

  • Lecturer, University of Essex (3/1/2019 - present)

Other academic

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

  • Clinical Assistant Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine (1/2/2018 - 31/12/2018)

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

  • NIMH T32 Post-Doctoral Scholar in Developmental Neuroscience, Stanford University School of Medicine (1/9/2012 - 31/3/2016)

  • Paediatric Psychology Post-Doctoral Fellow, Stanford University School of Medicine (1/8/2011 - 31/8/2012)

  • American Psychological Association Internship in Child and Adolescent Psychology, Children's Hospital Colorado (1/6/2010 - 1/6/2011)

  • Child and Adolescent Psychology Internship, Rady Children's Hospital (1/8/2009 - 31/5/2010)

  • Professional Research Associate, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego (1/8/2007 - 31/5/2010)

Research and professional activities

Research interests


Open to supervise


Open to supervise


Open to supervise


Open to supervise

Social Cognition

Teaching and supervision

Current teaching responsibilities

  • Brain and Behaviour (PS411)

  • The Neuroscience of Human Nature (PS495)

  • Advanced Brain and Behaviour (PS943)

  • Numerical Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience (PS948)

  • Theory and Methods in Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuropsychology (PS949)

  • Applied Psychology (PS118)

  • Psychopathology (PS504)


Journal articles (16)

Klabunde, M., Piccirilli, A., Bruno, J., Gendron, M. and Reiss, AL., (2021). Empathic accuracy in adolescent girls with Turner Syndrome. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

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)

(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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2.729, Colchester Campus

Academic support hours:

Please email Dr Klabunde to arrange an appointment.