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Erin Tone

Associate Faculty/Neuroscience Institute, Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Training/Psychology    ,

Ph.D., Emory University, 2001


Clinical Psychology, Anxiety and Relationships Across the Lifespan, Emotion Processing, Interpersonal values, Interpersonal Approach and Avoidance (fMRI, eye tracking, and behavioral studies)

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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 for outstanding scientific achievement. She joined the GSU faculty in 2005 and has been recognized for her work there with the College of Arts and Sciences Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award in 2018 and Georgia State University’s Alumni Distinguished Professor Award in 2020.

Dr. Tone is a clinical psychologist with special interests in the ways in which emotional states, particularly anxiety, 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 currently serves as co-PI with Dr. Michael Schlund on an NIMH-funded R01 study (2019-2022) that aims to elucidate neurocircuits supporting avoidant decision-making, as well as perturbations in this circuitry that are associated with anxiety severity. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, has served on study sections for the National Institutes of Health, and currently serves as an Associate Editor for the journal Clinical Psychological Science. In addition, she sits on the Editorial Boards of the journals Development and Psychopathology, Journal of Family Psychology, and Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.


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Selected publications (since 2014)

  • Lakshman, M., Murphy, L., Mekawi, Y., Carter, S., Briscione, M., Bradley, B., Tone, E. B., Norrholm, S. D., Jovanovic, T., Powers, A. (2020). Attention bias toward threat in African American children exposed to early life trauma. Behavioural Brain Research, 383,
  • Ronkin, E. G., & Tone, E. B.* (2020). Working with twin children and their families in mental health care settings. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 51(3), 237–246.
  • Mekawi, Y., Murphy, L., Munoz, A., Briscione, M., Tone, E. B., Norrholm, S. D., Jovanovic, T., Bradley, B., & Powers, A. (2020). Attention Biases and Posttraumatic Stress: Examining Negative Affect as a Mediator. Psychiatry Research, 284, 112674.
  • Jayakar, R., Tone, E. B.*, Crosson, B., Turner, J. A., Anderson, P. L., Phan, K. L., & Klumpp, H. (2020). Amygdala volume and social anxiety symptom severity: Does segmentation technique matter?. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 295, 111006.
  • Schlund, M. W., Ludlum, M., Magee, S. K., Tone, E. B., Brewer, A., Richman, D. M., & Dymond, S. (2020). Renewal of fear and avoidance in humans to escalating threat: Implications for translational research on anxiety disorders. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 113(1), 153-171.
  • Donati, M. R., Masuda, A., Schaefer, L. W., Cohen, L. L., Tone, E. B., & Parrott, D. J. (2019). Laboratory analogue investigation of defusion and reappraisal strategies in the context of symbolically generalized avoidance. Journal of the Experimental Analysis of Behavior, 112(3), 225-241.
  • Garcia, S. E., Francis, S. M. S., Tone, E. B.*, & Tully, E. C. (2019). Understanding Associations between Negatively Biased Attention and Depression and Social Anxiety: Positively Biased Attention is Key. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 32(6), 611-625.
  • Thompson, K., King, K., Nahmias, E., Fani, N., Kvaran, T., Tone, E. B*., & Turner, J. A. (2019). Social Feedback Modulates Neural Response Associated with Cognitive Bias in Individuals Expressing Anxious Symptoms. Chronic Stress, 3, 2470547019848648.
  • Powers, A., Fani, N., Briscione, M., Bradley, B., Tone, E. B., Munoz, A., Flowers, N., Cao, M., Kim, Y. J., Jovanovic, T. (2019). Attention Bias Toward Threatening Faces in Women with PTSD: Eyetracking Correlates by Symptom Cluster. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10(1), 1568133.
  • Tone, E. B., Nahmias, E., Bakeman, R., Kvaran, T., Brosnan, S. F., Fani, N., & Schroth, E. (2019). Social Anxiety and Social Behavior: A Test of Predictions from an Evolutionary Model. Clinical Psychological Science, 7, 110-126. (
  • Francis, S.M.S., Tone, E.B., Caporino, N.E., Tully, E.C., & Cohen, L.L. (2019). Cognitive predictors of parental rescue behavior and malleability of behavior using a brief psychoeducation intervention. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 50(2), 321-331. https://doi:10.1007/s10578-018-0843-3 (https://doi:10.1007/s10578-018-0843-3)
  • Green, L. M., Missotten, L., Luyckx, K., & Tone, E. B. (2018). Adolescent Empathy, Depressive Symptoms, and Self-Esteem: The Moderating Role of the Mother-Adolescent Relationship. Journal of Child and Family Studies. (
  • Clevinger, A., Kleider-Offutt, H., M., & Tone, E. B. (2018). In the eyes of the law: Associations among fear of negative evaluation, race, and feelings of safety in the presence of police officers. Personality and Individual Differences, 135, 201-206. (
  • Fonseca-Pedrero, E., Ortuño-Sierra, J., Molina, B. L., Debbané, M., Chan, Raymond C. K., Cicero, D., Zhang, L. C., Brenner, C., Barkus, E., Linscott, R. J., Kwapil, T., Barrantes-Vidal, N., Cohen, A., Raine, A., Compton, M. T., Tone, E. B., Suhr, J., Bobes J., Fumero, A., Giakoumaki, S.,  Tsaousis, I., Preti, A., Chmielewski, M., Laloyaux, J., Mechri, A., Lahmar, M. A., Wuthrich, V., Larøi, F., Badcock, J. C., Jablensky, A. (2018). The structure of schizotypal personality traits: a cross-national study. Psychological Medicine, 48, 451-462. https://doi:10.1017/S0033291717001829 (https://doi:10.1017/S0033291717001829)