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Transforming the understanding
and treatment of mental illnesses.

Intramural Investigators

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 investigators at NIMH include:

Photo of Arash Afraz, MD, PhD, Chief of Unit on Neurons, Circuits and Behavior (UNCB)

Arash Afraz, M.D., Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Unit on Neurons, Circuits and Behavior (UNCB)
Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LN)

Susan G. Amara Ph.D.

Susan Amara, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology (LMCN)

Lauren Atlas, Ph.D.

Lauren Atlas, Ph.D. |  Adjunct Investigator

Chief
Section on Affective Neuroscience and Pain, NCCIH

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Bruno Averbeck, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Learning and Decision Making (SLDM)
Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LN)

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Christopher Baker, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Learning and Plasticity
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition (LBC)

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Peter Bandettini, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Functional Imaging Methods
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition (LBC)

Director
Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Core Facility (FMRIF)
Research Support Services

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Carolyn Beebe, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Neuroadaptation and Protein Metabolism (SNPM)

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Karen Faith Berman, M.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Integrative Neuroimaging

Chief
Section on Psychosis and Cognitive Studies

Chief
Clinical and Translational Neuroscience Branch

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Melissa Brotman, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Stadtman Investigator

Chief
Neuroscience and Novel Therapeutics Unit (NNT)
Emotion and Development Branch (E & D)

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Ashura Buckley, M.D. |  Service/Team Director

Director
Sleep and Neurodevelopment Service
Office of the Clinical Director

Heather Cameron, Ph.D.

Heather Cameron, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Neuroplasticity

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De-Maw Chuang, Ph.D. |  Scientist Emeritus

Scientist Emeritus

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Yogita Chudasama, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Behavioral Neuroscience

Director
Rodent Behavioral Core
Research Support Services

Bevil Conway, Ph.D.

Bevil Conway, Ph.D. |  Adjunct Investigator

Chief
Unit on Sensation, Cognition, Action, NEI

Robert Cox, Ph.D.

Robert W Cox, Ph.D. |  Core Director

Director
Scientific and Statistical Computing Core - Overview
Research Support Services

George Dold

George Dold, M.S. |  Core Director

Director
Section on Instrumentation (SI)
Research Support Services

Lee Eiden

Lee E Eiden, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Molecular Neuroscience
Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulation

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Charles R Gerfen, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Senior Investigator

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Christian Grillon, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety

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Samer Hattar, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Light and Circadian Rhythms (SLCR)

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Miles Herkenham, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Functional Neuroanatomy (SFN)
Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulation

Mark H. Histed, PhD

Mark H Histed, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Unit on Neural Computation and Behavior (Histed group)

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Robert Innis, M.D., Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on PET Neuroimaging Sciences

Chief
Molecular Imaging Branch (MIB)

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Barry Kaplan, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Senior Investigator

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Soohyun Lee, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Unit on Functional Neural Circuits

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Ellen Leibenluft, M.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Mood Dysregulation and Neuroscience (SMDN)
Emotion and Development Branch (E & D)

Co-Chief
Emotion and Development Branch (E & D)

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David Leopold, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Cognitive Neurophysiology and Imaging (SCNI)
Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LN)

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Zheng Li, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Synapse Development Plasticity

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Sarah Lisanby, M.D. |  Adjunct Investigator

Director
Noninvasive Neuromodulation Unit
Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch

Alex Martin

Alex Martin, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Cognitive Neuropsychology
Laboratory of Brain and Cognition (LBC)

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Francis McMahon, M.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Human Genetics Branch

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Kathleen R Merikangas, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

NIH Distinguished Investigator

Chief
Genetic Epidemiology Research Branch (GEB-SDGE)

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Betsy Murray, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (SNLM)
Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LN)

Chief
Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LN)

Allison Nugent, PhD

Allison C Nugent, Ph.D. |  Core Director

Director
Magnetoencephalography (MEG) Core Facility
Research Support Services

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Mario Penzo, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Unit on the Neurobiology of Affective Memory

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Francisco Pereira, Ph.D. |  Service/Team Director

Director
Machine Learning Team

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Jim Pickel, Ph.D. |  Core Director

Director
Transgenic Core Facility
Research Support Services

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Victor Pike, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on PET Radiopharmaceutical Sciences

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Daniel Pine, M.D. |  Principal Investigator

NIH Distinguished Investigator

Chief
Section on Development and Affective Neuroscience (SDAN)
Emotion and Development Branch (E & D)

Co-Chief
Emotion and Development Branch (E & D)

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Dietmar Plenz, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Critical Brain Dynamics

Armin Raznahan, MD, PhD

Armin Raznahan, M.D., Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Developmental Neurogenomics
Human Genetics Branch

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Barry Richmond, M.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Neural Coding and Computation (SNCC)
Laboratory of Neuropsychology (LN)

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Peter Schmidt, M.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Behavioral Endocrinology Branch

Chief
Social and Behavioral Research Branch, NHGRI

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Jun Shen, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy

Director
Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy Core (MRS)
Research Support Services

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Argyris Stringaris, M.D., Ph.D., FRCPsych |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Mood Brain & Development Unit (MBDU)
Emotion and Development Branch (E & D)

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Hugo Tejeda, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Stadtman Investigator

Chief
Unit on Neuromodulation and Synaptic Integration

Adam G Thomas, Dphil

Adam Thomas, Ph.D. |  Service/Team Director

Director
Data Science and Sharing Team

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Audrey Thurm, Ph.D. |  Service/Team Director

Director
Neurodevelopmental and Behavioral Phenotyping Service
Office of the Clinical Director

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Ted Usdin, M.D., Ph.D. |  Service/Team Director

Director
Systems Neuroscience Imaging Resource

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Benjamin White, Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Neural Function (SNF)

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W Scott Young, M.D., Ph.D. |  Principal Investigator

Chief
Section on Neural Gene Expression (SNGE)
Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Regulation

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Carlos Zarate Jr, M.D. |  Principal Investigator

NIH Distinguished Investigator

Chief
Experimental Therapeutics & Pathophysiology Branch