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Julie Walsh-Messinger

Assistant Professor

Full-Time Faculty


Dr. Walsh-Messinger received her B.A. in Human Development ('04) and M.A. in Counseling Psychology ('06) from Boston College. She completed her predoctoral internship in Adult Clinical Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital in 2013 and received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University the same year. Prior to joining the UD faculty in 2015, Dr. Walsh-Messinger completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the James J Peters VA Medical Center and the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. From 2014-2015 she also served as the Psychological Testing Coordinator and Supervisor for Long Island University's Psychological Services Center.

Dr. Walsh-Messinger's past and current research examines the neural processing of emotion in psychopathology, behavioral correlates of emotion dysfunction, and influences of olfactory dysfunction on symptomatology and function in psychosis and other serious mental illness. She has utilized experimental behavioral paradigms, measures of olfactory function, and functional neuroimaging (fMRI) to probe these questions. Additionally, Dr. Walsh-Messinger is interested in olfactory hedonics and psychological assessment.

Courses Taught

  • PSY 431: Interviewing and Counseling
  • PSY 565: Ethical and Cultural Issues in Clinical Assessment & Psychotherapy


  • Ph.D., Long Island University, 2013
  • M.A., Boston College, 2006
  • B.A., Boston College, 2004

Selected Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

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

Kranz, T.M., Goetz, R.R., Walsh-Messinger, J., Goetz, D., Antonius, D., Malaspina, D., & Chao M.V. (in press). Rare variants in the neurotrophin signaling pathway implicated in schizophrenia risk. Schizophrenia Research.

Malaspina, D., Walsh-Messinger, J., Antonius, D., Dracxler, R., Rothman, K., Puthota, J., Gilman, C., Feuerstein, J.L., Keefe, D., Goetz, D., Goetz, R.R., Lehrer, D., Buckley, P., Pato, C., Pato, M. (in press). Using odor sensitivity to illuminate the association of parental ages with the risk for schizophrenia. Neuropsychiatric Genetics.

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. e-pub ahead of print.

Malaspina, D., Walsh-Messinger, J., Morris, L. S., Prudent, V., Antonius, D., & Trémeau, T. (2014). Negative symptoms, past and present: A historical perspective, and moving to DSM-5. European Neuropsychopharmacology, 24(5), 710-724.

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.

Hardy, C., Rosedale, M., Messinger, J. W., Aujero, N., Silva, H., Goetz, R. R., & Malaspina, D. (2012). Odor acuity is associated with mood and function in stable bipolar patients. Bipolar Disorders,  14(1), 109-117.

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, CA.

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, MA.