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Principal Investigators (Alphabetical)

NIMH scientists conduct research ranging from studies into mechanisms of normal brain function, conducted at the behavioral, systems, cellular, and molecular levels, to clinical investigations into the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of mental illness.

The principal investigators at NIMH include:

Bruno Averbeck

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Chief
Unit on Learning and Decision Making
Laboratory of Neuropsychology

Christopher Baker

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Chief
Unit on Learning and Plasticity
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition

Peter Bandettini

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Chief
Section on Functional Imaging Methods
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition

Carolyn E Beebe

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Chief
Section on Neuroadaptation and Protein Metabolism

Karen Faith Berman

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Chief
Section on Integrative Neuroimaging
Clinical Brain Disorders Branch

James Blair

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Chief
Unit on Affective Cognitive Neuroscience

Heather Cameron, PHD

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Chief
Unit on Neuroplasticity

De-Maw Chuang

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Chief
Section on Molecular Neurobiology

Maribeth Eiden

Dr. Maribeth V. Eiden


Section on Directed Gene Transfer (SDGT)

Lee Eiden

Lee Eiden

Chief
Section on Molecular Neuroscience

Charles R Gerfen

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Chief
Section on Neuroanatomy
Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience

Jay Giedd

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Chief
Section on Brain Imaging
Child Psychiatry Branch

Christian Grillon

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Chief
Section on Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety

Miles Herkenham

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Chief
Section on Functional Neuroanatomy

Robert Innis

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Chief
Section on PET Neuroimaging Sciences
Molecular Imaging Branch

Barry Kaplan

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Chief
Section on Neurobiology
Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Ellen Leibenluft

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Chief
Section on Bipolar Spectrum Disorders (SBSD)
Emotion and Development Branch (E & D)

David Leopold

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Chief
Unit on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging
Laboratory of Neuropsychology

Zheng Li, PHD

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Chief
Unit on Synapse Development Plasticity
Clinical Brain Disorders Branch

Sanford Markey, PhD

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Chief
Section on Analytical Biochemistry


Laboratory of Neurotoxicology

Alex Martin

Alex Martin

Chief
Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition

Francis McMahon

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Chief
Genetic Basis of Mood and Anxiety Disorders Section

Kathleen R Merikangas

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Chief
Section on Developmental Genetic Epidemiology
Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch

Mortimer Mishkin

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Chief
Section on Cognitive Neuroscience
Laboratory of Neuropsychology

Betsy Murray

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Chief
Section on Neurobiology of Learning and Memory
Laboratory of Neuropsychology

Victor Pike

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Chief
Section on PET Radiopharmaceutical Sciences
Molecular Imaging Branch

Daniel Pine

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Chief
Emotion and Development Branch (E & D)

Dietmar Plenz

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Chief
Section on Critical Brain Dynamics
Laboratory of Systems Neuroscience

Judy Rapoport

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Chief
Section on Childhood Neuropsychiatric Disorders
Child Psychiatry Branch

Barry Richmond, MD

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Chief
Section on Neural Coding and Computation
Laboratory of Neuropsychology

Peter Schmidt

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Chief
Behavioral Endocrinology Branch

Jun Shen

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Chief
Section on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy
Molecular Imaging Branch

Susan Swedo

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Pediatric and Developmental Neuroscience Branch (PDNB)

Leslie Ungerleider

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Chief
Section on Neurocircuitry
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition

Ted Usdin

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Chief
Section on Fundamental Neuroscience

Kuan Hong Wang

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Chief
Unit on Neural Circuits and Adaptive Behaviors
Clinical Brain Disorders Branch

Benjamin White

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Chief
Section on Neural Function
Laboratory of Molecular Biology

Yin Yao

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Chief
Unit on Human Genomics

Scott Young

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Chief
Section on Neural Gene Expression

Carlos Zarate Jr

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