Research Mentors

Sylvain Bouix, PhD

Assistant Professor and Associate Director, Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Research Focus: Neuroimaging, Medical Image Analysis, TBI, Schizophrenia, diffusion MRI

Katherine Burdick, PhD

Director of Mood and Psychosis Research Program, Associate Vice Chair for Research at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Professor of Psychology at Harvard Medical School

Research Focus: Identifying persistent cognitive deficits in major psychiatric disorders, understanding their etiologies, and directly targeting them with treatment.

Nancy Donovan, MD

Chief of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Associate Researcher, Massachusetts General Hospital and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School.

Research Focus: Neurology of emotional and social function in healthy older adults and those affected by Alzheimer’s disease

Laura Holsen, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Research Focus: Construct individualized maps of various factors (genotype, neural circuitry activity, neuroendocrine functioning, diet, stress, and mood) that drive appetite, eating behaviors, and weight change, with the goal of ameliorating negative health outcomes associated with disordered eating: individuals with obesity, Prader-Willi syndrome, major depressive disorder, and anorexia nervosa.

Inga Koerte, MD, PhD

Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School, Professor of Neurobiological Research, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Psychosomatics, and Psychotherapy, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich, Germany

Research Focus: Neuroimaging of Acute and Longterm Sequelae of Traumatic Brain Injury and Repetitive Head Impacts

Hadine Joffe, MD, MSc

Executive Director, Mary Horrigan Connors Center for Women’s Health and Gender Biology
Paula A. Johnson Associate Professor of Psychiatry in the Field of Women’s Health, Harvard Medical School
Vice Chair for Research, Department of Psychiatry
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Dana Farber Cancer Institute

Research Focus: Women’s mood and sleep disorders across the lifespan; female hormone effects on the brain; menopausal mental health; women’s brain health in breast cancer

Marek Kubicik, MD, PhD

Professor and Associate Director, Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory, Departments of Psychiatry and Radiology, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Research Focus: Using neuroimaging methods to study white matter anatomy and pathology, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and depression. Validating neuroimaging measures through histopathology (in rhesus monkeys), and designing biologically specific neuroimaging measures of neuroinflammation.

Pamela Mahon, PhD

Assistant Professor, Departments of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Research Focus: Aimed at understanding the causes, course of illness and outcomes of mood disorders, such as bipolar disorder and depression. Utilizing multidisciplinary approaches to answer these questions, integrating methods from neuroimaging, genomics and neuroendocrinology. Specific goals include characterizing neurobiological mechanisms leading to different illness trajectories and developing biomarkers to predict treatment response.

Shaun Purcell, PhD

Research Focus: Sleep, human genetics, epidemiology, quantitative and computational methods

Yogesh Rathi, PhD

Associate Professor, Harvard Medical School

Research Focus: Diffusion MRI, functional MRI, psychiatric disorder biomarker detection

Martha Shenton, PhD

Professor and Director, Psychiatry Neuroimaging Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School

Research Focus:  Brain abnormalities in neuropsychiatric disorders using advanced neuroimaging techniques. Schizophrenia, MRI, diffusion tensor imaging, DTI, mild traumatic brain injury, repetitive head injury, chronic traumatic encephalopathy, early psychosis, at clinical at risk for psychosis.

Emily Stern,MD

Director of Functional Neuroimaging Labratory, Director of Functional and Molecular Neuroimaging, Associate Professor of Radiology, Harvard Medical School

Research Focus: Functional neuroimaging of neuropsychiatric disorders

Joji Suzuki, MD

Director, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Research Focus: Substance use disorders; addictions; opioid; buprenorphine; MAT