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Erin Tone

Associate Professor    

Ph.D., Emory University, 2001


Mood and anxiety disorders in youths and adults; cognitive and neuroscience perspectives on social behavior in the context of anxiety

Associate Chair, Psychology Department

Dr. Tone (formerly McClure) was born in New Haven, Connecticut, but grew up in Atlanta. Her winding path to her current career began at Emory University, where she majored in English and German Literature. She joined the inaugural class of Teach for America after graduating, and discovered, while teaching high school speech and drama in New Orleans, that she was fascinated with social behavior and anxiety. She went on to complete a master’s degree in school psychology at Trinity University in San Antonio and returned to Emory University in 1995 to complete her doctoral degree in clinical psychology under the mentorship of Dr. Steve Nowicki. Dr. Tone then spent 4 years as a postdoctoral fellow working with Dr. Daniel Pine at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she received the NIMH Richard J. Wyatt Memorial Fellowship Training Award. She joined the GSU faculty in 2005.

Dr. Tone is a clinical psychologist with special interests in the ways in which emotional states, such as anxiety or depression, affect social behavior in both adults and children. Current research projects in the lab examine the ways in which anxious people behave in social situations and the cognitive, emotional, and neural processes that contribute to both their adaptive and their maladaptive interactions. Her research has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and the Anxiety and Depression Association of America. She has served on study sections for the National Institutes of Health and currently sits on the Editorial Boards of the journals Development and Psychopathology, Journal of Family Psychology, and Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.


For a complete  list of publications see Google Scholar.

Ritschel, L., Tone E. B., Schoemann, A. M., & Lim, N. E. (in press). Psychometric Properties of the Difficulties in Emotion Regulation Scale Across Demographic Groups. Psychological Assessment.

Tone, E. B., & Tully, E. M. (2014). Empathy as a “Risky Strength”: A Multilevel Examination of Empathy and Risk for Internalizing Disorders. Development and Psychopathology, 26(4 Pt 2), 1547-1565. doi: 10.1017/S0954579414001199.

Fani, N., Gutman, D., Tone, E.B., Almli, L., Mercer, K. B., Davis, J. S., Glover, E., Jovanovic, T., Bradley, B., Dinov, I., Binder, E., Ressler, K. J. (2013). FKBP5 Modulates Attention Bias for Threat: Associations with Hippocampal Function and Morphology. JAMA Psychiatry, 70(4):392-400. doi: 10.1001/2013.jamapsychiatry.210

Tone, E. B., & Davis, J. S. (2012). Paranoid thinking, suspicion, and risk for aggression: A neurodevelopmental perspective. Development And Psychopathology, 24(3), 1031-1046. doi:10.1017/S0954579412000521

McClure-Tone, E. B., Nawa, N. E., Nelson, E. E., Detloff, A. M., Fromm, S., Pine, D. S., & Ernst, M. (2011). Preliminary Findings: Neural Responses to Feedback Regarding Betrayal and Cooperation in Adolescent Anxiety Disorders. Developmental Neuropsychology, 36(4), 453-472.

McClure, E.B., Monk, C.S., Nelson, E.E., Parrish, J.M., Adler, A., Blair, R.J.R., Fromm, S.J., Charney, D.S., Leibenluft, E., Ernst, M., & Pine, D.S. (2007). Abnormal attention modulation of fear circuit activation in pediatric Generalized Anxiety Disorder. Archives of General Psychiatry, 64, 94-106.

McClure, E. B. (2000). A meta-analytic review of sex differences in facial expression processing and their development in infants, children, and adolescents. Psychological Bulletin, 126, 424-453.