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Office of the Scientific Director (OSD) - BSC Counselor - Dr. Sarah H. (Holly) Lisanby, MD

Sarah H. (Holly) Lisanby, MD, is the Chair and Lawrence C. Katz Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Duke University. Her work focuses on the application of focal brain stimulation for the study and treatment of psychiatric disorders. This includes image-guided transcranial magnetic stimulation to probe normal brain function, and in the treatment of depression and anxiety. It also includes the induction of focal seizures via magnetic seizure therapy as a safer alternative to conventional electroconvulsive therapy in the treatment of severe depression. Focal brain stimulation using electrical and magnetic fields provides a means of testing hypotheses in human subjects regarding brain/behavior relationships derived from passive imaging paradigms. It also provides a clinical translation of insights gleaned from imaging and physiological studies into circuit-based treatments. Dr. Lisanby has served as a reviewer for NIH and for other organizations. She has published numerous scientific articles and book chapters.