Angela Fang

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Angela Fang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
(206) 616-5783
Kincaid 445
Advising: Possibly accepting new graduate students in 2025-2026, please email with questions.
Interests: predictive brain imaging, self-focused attention in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders; oxytocin


Understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the perception, interpretation, and memory of social information may help explain why certain triggers in one's social environment (e.g. faces) have such strong personal relevance for individuals with certain psychiatric disorders. I have been interested in understanding aberrant social cognition in two social fear-based pathologies, social anxiety disorder and body dysmorphic disorder, which may be mediated by changes within the default mode network and the oxytocin system, either independently or jointly. As Director of the Center of Neuroscience, Neuroendocrinology, and Clinical Translation (CoNNeCTLab), I employ brain connectivity techniques (e.g., resting state functional connectivity MRI), experimental paradigms commonly used in clinical psychological science and social cognitive affective neuroscience, as well as pharmacologic administration, to investigate the following key questions: (1) What are the neurobiological contributions to maladaptive social information processing in social fear-based disorders? (2) What is the predictive utility of the neurobiological correlates of aberrant social cognition in revealing one’s expected course of illness or treatment response? (3) Can these neurobiological mechanisms be manipulated through targeted neuromodulation strategies (e.g., intranasal oxytocin)?

Representative publications:
Fang, A., Baran, B., Beatty, C. C., Mosley, J., Feusner, J. D., Phan, K. L., Wilhelm, S., & Manoach, D. S. (2022). Maladaptive self-focused attention and default mode network connectivity: A transdiagnostic investigation across social anxiety disorder and body dysmorphic disorder. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 17(7), 645-654
Fang, A., Steketee, G., Keshaviah, A., Didie, E., Phillips, K. A., & Wilhelm, S. (2020). Mechanisms of change in cognitive behavioral therapy for body dysmorphic disorder. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 44, 596-610.
Fang, A., Jacoby, R. J., Beatty, C., Germine, L., Plessow, F., Wilhelm, S., & Lawson, E. A. (2020). Serum oxytocin levels are elevated in body dysmorphic disorder and related to severity of psychopathology. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 113, 104541.
Fang, A., Lawson, E. A., & Wilhelm, S. (2019). Intranasal oxytocin modulates higher-order social cognition in body dysmorphic disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 36, 153-161.