Dr. Walsh-Messinger earned a bachelor's degree in Human Development in 2004 and a master's degree in Counseling Psychology in 2006 from Boston College. She was awarded her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Long Island University Brooklyn, following completion of her predoctoral internship in Adult Clinical Psychology at Massachusetts General Hospital/ Harvard Medical School that same year. She then completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship in Mental Illness Research and Treatment at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and the James J Peters VA Medical Center. She also served as the Psychological Testing Coordinator for Long Island University Brooklyn's Psychological Services Center for the 2014-2015 academic year. Dr. Walsh-Messinger joined the University of Dayton faculty in 2015. Her research program broadly investigates the phenomenology, neurobiology, etiology, and assessment of emotional, motivational, and social impairments associated with serious and persistent mental illness. More specifically, she seeks to: 1) understand the underlying mechanisms of negative symptoms in schizophrenia and related disorders, 2) identify biomarkers of psychopathology, 3) and develop, validate, and refine measures of psychopathology.