Ahmad Hariri, Ph.D.

Ahmad Hariri

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Office Location: 
417 Chapel Drive, 317 Soc/Psyc, Durham, NC 27708
Mailing Address: 
Duke Box 90086, Durham, NC 27708-0086
(919) 681-8408

The Caspi/Moffitt Laboratory collaborates with Ahmad Hariri in imaging research. Please click here for further information.


Integrating psychology, neuroimaging, pharmacology and molecular genetics in the search for biological pathways mediating individual differences in behavior and related risk for psychopathology.

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles 2000

  • M.S., University of Maryland, College Park 1997

  • B.S., University of Maryland, College Park 1994

Selected Grants

Evaluating neurodegenerative risk in middle-aged adults exposed to lead as children awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2018 to 2021

Neural signatures of healthy and unhealthy aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2020

A Compute Cluster for Brain Imaging and Analysis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Major User). 2016 to 2017

Neurogenetic Pathways to Drug Use in Young Adults awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2017

Instructed Activation of the Human Dopaminergic Midbrain using Real-Time fMRI awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Sponsor). 2014 to 2016

Self-Regulation Failure: Identifying and Modifying a Risk Phenotype awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2014

From Phenotype to Mechanism: Mapping the Pathways underlying Risky Choice awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2011

Development of Amygdala-Prefrontal Interactions awarded by National Institute of Mental Health (Principal Investigator). 2005 to 2010

Faig, K. E., et al. “Genetic Neuroimaging of Social Perception.” Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference, vol. 3, 2015, pp. 97–105. Scopus, doi:10.1016/B978-0-12-397025-1.00161-5. Full Text

Elliott, Maxwell L., et al. “Brain-age in midlife is associated with accelerated biological aging and cognitive decline in a longitudinal birth cohort..” Molecular Psychiatry, Dec. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41380-019-0626-7. Full Text

Romer, Adrienne L., et al. “Replicability of structural brain alterations associated with general psychopathology: evidence from a population-representative birth cohort..” Molecular Psychiatry, Dec. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41380-019-0621-z. Full Text

Farber, Madeline J., et al. “Maternal overprotection in childhood is associated with amygdala reactivity and structural connectivity in adulthood..” Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 40, Dec. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2019.100711. Full Text

Baranger, David A. A., et al. “Convergent Evidence for Predispositional Effects of Brain Gray Matter Volume on Alcohol Consumption..” Biological Psychiatry, Sept. 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2019.08.029. Full Text

Lam, Max, et al. “Pleiotropic Meta-Analysis of Cognition, Education, and Schizophrenia Differentiates Roles of Early Neurodevelopmental and Adult Synaptic Pathways..” American Journal of Human Genetics, vol. 105, no. 2, Aug. 2019, pp. 334–50. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.ajhg.2019.06.012. Full Text

Lai, Dongbing, et al. “Genome-wide association studies of alcohol dependence, DSM-IV criterion count and individual criteria..” Genes, Brain, and Behavior, vol. 18, no. 6, July 2019. Epmc, doi:10.1111/gbb.12579. Full Text

Hariri, Ahmad R. “The Emerging Importance of the Cerebellum in Broad Risk for Psychopathology..” Neuron, vol. 102, no. 1, Apr. 2019, pp. 17–20. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2019.02.031. Full Text

Puetz, V. B., et al. “Investigating patterns of neural response associated with childhood abuse v. childhood neglect.” Psychological Medicine, Jan. 2019. Scopus, doi:10.1017/S003329171900134X. Full Text

Scult, Matthew A., et al. “Prefrontal Executive Control Rescues Risk for Anxiety Associated with High Threat and Low Reward Brain Function..” Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), vol. 29, no. 1, Jan. 2019, pp. 70–76. Epmc, doi:10.1093/cercor/bhx304. Full Text