Dr. Ansam Alshaikh
Assistant Professor
Psychology Staff Room, Bld 13

Dr. Ansam Alshaikh is an Assistant Professor  with particular interests in clinical neuropsychology. Dr. Ansam's current work focuses on brain imaging and neural changes correlate to cognitive and behavioral deficits in psychosis.

Dr. Ansam got her MA (course work) & PhD from University of Minnesota, USA- Program of Biological psychopathology (TRiCAM Lab: http://tricam.psych.umn.edu/people/angus-macdonald ) – with Minor in Neuroscience. She got MA, BA in Psychology from University of Benha, Egypt.

Dr. Ansam joined the BUE in 2019, having previously worked as a postdoctoral researcher at Mind Research Institute, New Mexico, USA, She has been teaching assistant, section leader and instructor in University of Minnesota, USA.

Beyond the university, she is a member of Center for Clinical Movement Science – University of Minnesota, and international affiliate of the American Psychological Association :  http://ccms.umn.edu/people/ansam-elshaikh

Ansam’s future plans will focus on establishing brain imaging (MRI, FMRI & ERP and EEG) lab in Egypt to be the first in the Arabic world.

Research Interests

Cognitive Psychology, Behavioural science, Neuropsychology, Brain imaging, Cognitive changes and brain correlates to psychosis.

Journal Articles
  • Stephenson, D.D., El Shaikh, A.A., Shaff, N.A., Bustillo, J.R., Dodd, A.B., Wertz, C.J.., Ryman, S.G., Hanlon, F.M., Hogeveen, J.P., Ling, J.M., Yeo, R.A., Stromberg, S.F., Lin, D.S., Abrams, S., Mayer, A.R. (2020). Differing functional mechanisms underlie cognitive control deficits in psychotic spectrum disorders. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience.  


  • Sephira G. Ryman, Ansam A. El Shaikh, Nicholas A. Shaff, Faith M. Hanlon, Andrew B. Dodd, Christopher J. Wertz, Josef M. Ling, Deanna M. Barch, Shannon F. Stromberg, Denise S. Lin, Swala Abrams4, Andrew R. Mayer. n Proactive and Reactive Cognitive Control Rely on Flexible Use of the Ventrolateral Prefrontal Cortex (Advance online publication - OHBM- 2019).


  • Elshaikh, A. A., Sponheim, S. R., Chafee, M. V., & MacDonald, A. W., III (2014, December 29). Spatial Attentional Control Is Not Impaired in Schizophrenia: Dissociating Specific Deficits From Generalized Impairments. Journal of Abnormal Psychology. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0038537
University Groups
Neuropsychology Experimental Psychology Motivation and learning Cognitive psychology Laboratory practice