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Julie Walsh-Messinger

Associate Professor

Full-Time Faculty

College of Arts and Sciences: Psychology


Email: Julie Walsh-Messinger
Phone: 937-229-1380
SJH 317
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  • Ph.D., Long Island University, 2013
  • M.A., Boston College, 2006
  • B.A., Boston College, 2004


Dr. Walsh-Messinger earned a bachelor's degree in Human Development in 2004 and a masters degree in Counseling Psychology in 2006 from Boston College. She was awarded her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University Brooklyn, following completion of her predoctoral internship in Adult Clinical Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School that same year. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the James J Peters VA Medical Center. She also served as the Psychological Testing Coordinator for Long Island University Brooklyn's Psychological Services Center for the 2014-15 academic year. Dr. Walsh-Messinger joined the University of Dayton faculty in 2015. Her research program broadly investigates the phenomenology, neurobiology, etiology and assessment of emotional, motivational and social impairments associated with serious and persistent mental illness. More specifically, she seeks to understand the underlying mechanisms of negative symptoms in schizophrenia and related disorders, identify biomarkers of psychopathology and develop, validate and refine measures of psychopathology.

Courses taught

  • PSY 363: Abnormal Psychology
  • PSY 431: Interviewing and Counseling
  • PSY 551: Assessment of Intelligence
  • PSY 565: Ethical and Cultural Issues in Clinical Assessment & Psychotherapy

Selected publications and presentations


Malaspina, D., Walsh-Messinger, J., Brunner, A., Rahman, N., Corcoran, C., Kimhy, D., Goetz, R., & Bellovin-Goldman, S., (2019). Features of schizophrenia following premorbid eating disorders. Psychiatry Research, 278, 275-280.

Walsh-Messinger, J., Jiang, H., Lee, H., Rothman, K., Malaspina, D., & Ahn, H. (2019). Relative importance of symptoms, cognition, and other multilevel variables for psychiatric disease classifications by machine learning. Psychiatry Research, 278, 27-34.

Walsh-Messinger, J., Stepanek, C., Wiedemann, J., Goetz, D., Goetz, R. R., & Malaspina, D. (2019). Normal sexual dimorphism in theory of mind circuitry is reversed in schizophrenia. Social Neuroscience, 14(5), 583-593.

Walsh-Messinger, J., Wong, P., Antonius, D., McMahon, K., Opler, L.A., Ramirez, P. M., & Malaspina, D. (2018). Sex differences in hedonic judgement of odors in schizophrenia cases and healthy controls. Psychiatry Research, 269, 345-353.

Walsh-Messinger, J., Opler, M., Aujero, N., Antonius, D., Goetz, R., & Malaspina, D. (2018). The factor structure of the Positive and Negative Syndrome Scale differs by sex. Clinical Schizophrenia and Related Psychoses, 11(4), 207-213.

Sinclair, S. J., Walsh-Messinger, J., Siefert, C. J., Antonius, D., Baity, M. R., Haggerty, G., Stein, M. B., & Blais, M. A. (2015). Neuropsychological functioning and profile validity on the Personality Assessment Inventory (PAI): An investigation in multiple psychiatric settings. Bulletin of the Menninger Clinic, 79(4), 305-334.

Cieslak, K., Walsh-Messinger, J., Stanford, A. D., Vaez-Azizi, L., Antonius, D., Harkavy-Friedman, J., Goetz, D., Goetz, R., & Malaspina, D. (2015). Olfactory performance segregates effects of anhedonia and anxiety on social function in patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 40(6), 387-393.

Walsh-Messinger, J., Ramirez, P. M., Wong, P., Antonius, D., McMahon, K., Aujero, N., Opler, L. A., & Malaspina, D. (2014). Impairment in emotional modulation of attention and memory in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 157(1-3), 63-69.

Messinger, J. W., Trémeau, F., Antonius, D., Mendelsohn, E., Prudent, V., Stanford, A. D., & Malaspina, D. (2011). Avolition and expressive deficits capture negative symptom phenomenology: Implications for DSM-5 and schizophrenia research. Clinical Psychology Review, 31(1), 161-168.

Stanford, A. D., Messinger, J. W., Malaspina, D., & Corcoran, C. (2011). Theory of mind in patients at clinical high risk for psychosis. Schizophrenia Research, 131(1-3), 11-17.

Book Chapters

Smith, L. M., Messinger, J. W., & Malaspina, D. (2013). Diagnosis of psychoses. In Charney, D., Buxbaum, J., Sklar, P., Nestler, E. (Eds.) The Neurobiology of Mental Illness, 4th Edition (pp. 223-231). New York, NY: Oxford University Press.


Walsh-Messinger, J., Sinclair, S. J., Stein, M. B., & Blais, M. A. (2014, March). Impact of response style on the integration of PAI and Rorschach data related to psychosis. Paper presented at the 76th meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, Arlington, Va.

Messinger, J. W., Sinclair, S. J., Antonius, D., Lowmaster, S., Frankel, M., Malone, J., Stein, M., & Blais, M. A. (2013, March). The effect of cognitive impairment on PAI profile validity and response style. Paper presented at the 75th meeting of the Society for Personality Assessment, San Diego.

Messinger, J. W., Ramirez, P. M., Harkavy-Friedman, J., & Malaspina, D. (2010, May). Sex influences associations between smell identification and negative symptoms in schizophrenia. Paper presented at the 22nd annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston.