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Brian Keane, Ph.D.

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Office: (585) 276-3578

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Dr. Keane is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Rutgers–Robert Wood Johnson Medical School with institutional affiliations at University Behavioral Health Care and Center for Cognitive Science. He employs behavioral psychophysics and functional neuroimaging to investigate visual object perception – both how it goes right in healthy people and how it becomes disturbed in those with serious mental illness. Dr. Keane obtained a doctoral degree from University of California in Psychology in 2009, a doctoral degree in Analytic Philosophy from Rutgers University, New Brunswick in 2006, and a Bachelor of Arts Triple Major (Physics & Astronomy, Spanish, Philosophy) from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999. Dr. Keane has developed a series of behavioral tasks that reveal information about illness stage, illness duration, disorganized/positive symptoms, premorbid functioning, and the schizophrenia phenotype. These tasks are firmly grounded in vision science and visual neuroscience, and thus provide important clues about how the visual brain may be differentially affected by psychotic illness. Dr. Keane has published 39 papers/chapter (20 first authored) in reputable clinical and non-clinical outlets such as Journal of Abnormal Psychology, Schizophrenia Bulletin, Cognitive Psychology, and Psychological Review. He has been the recipient of a number of awards and grants including a K01 Mentored Career Development award, an NRSA postdoctoral fellowship, a UCLA Dissertation Year Fellowship, the ICOSR Young Investigator Award, and the APA Dissertation Research Award . Dr. Keane has served as a dissertation committee member domestically and abroad and has reviewed manuscripts for over 25 clinical and non-clinical journals (e.g., JAMA Psychiatry, Neuroimage, and Psychological Science).


I investigate how the visual system transforms spatiotemporally fragmented retinal images into discrete representations of objects and how this transformation becomes compromised in psychosis. This question is approached with behavioral psychophysics and, more recently, functional neuroimaging. I have also written on theoretical questions in cognitive science that are related to object perception, such as conditions under which visual grouping becomes malleable by higher-order thought or the best way to characterize the content of sensory representations.



Bachelor of Arts | University of Pittsburgh, PA, University Honors College
Physics & Astronomy, Spanish, Philosophy (intensive)

Doctor of Philosophy | Rutgers University, New Brunswick

Doctor of Philosophy | University of California, Los Angeles

Post-doctoral Training & Residency

10/2009 - 10/2011
Postdoctoral Fellow, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Piscataway, NJ, University Behavioral Health Care, Center for Cognitive Science.


Rutgers/RBHS Travel Award
Sponsor: Rutgers University

2013 - 2016
NIH/NIMH LRP program
Sponsor: NIH/NIMH

Young Investigator Travel Award
Sponsor: International Congress on Schizophrenia Research

2008 - 2009
UCLA Graduate Division Dissertation Year Fellowship
Sponsor: UCLA

American Psychological Association Dissertation Award
Sponsor: American Psychological Association

Summa Cum Laude
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh

Phi Beta Kappa
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh

1995 - 1999
University Scholarship
Sponsor: University of Pittsburgh

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Journal Articles

Spronk M, Keane BP, Ito T, Kulkarni K, Ji JL, Anticevic A, Cole MW. "A Whole-Brain and Cross-Diagnostic Perspective on Functional Brain Network Dysfunction." Cerebral cortex.. 2020 Sep 10; Epub 2020 Sep 10.

Silverstein SM, Keane BP, Demmin DL, Fradkin SI. "Visual Impairments in Schizophrenia: Their Significance and Unrealized Clinical Potential." Psychiatria Danubina. 2020 32(1):72-73.

Keane BP, Paterno D, Crespo LP, Kastner S, Silverstein SM. "Smaller visual arrays are harder to integrate in schizophrenia: Evidence for impaired lateral connections in early vision." Psychiatry research.. 2019 Dec 0; 282:112636. Epub 2019 Nov 16.

Books & Chapters

Chapter Title: Visual objects as the referents of early vision: A response to a Theory of Sentience
Book Title: Computation, cognition, and Pylyshyn
Author List: Keane, B. P.
Published By: MIT Press 2009 in Cambridge