Ahmad Hariri, Ph.D.

Ahmad Hariri

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Office Location: 
2020 W Main Street Suite 30, Box 104151, Durham, NC 27708
Mailing Address: 
2020 W Main Street Suite 30, Box 104151, Durham, NC 27708
(919) 684-1039

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

Lam, Max, et al. “Large-Scale Cognitive GWAS Meta-Analysis Reveals Tissue-Specific Neural Expression and Potential Nootropic Drug Targets.Cell Rep, vol. 21, no. 9, Nov. 2017, pp. 2597–613. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.celrep.2017.11.028. Full Text

Schaefer, Jonathan D., et al. “Is low cognitive functioning a predictor or consequence of major depressive disorder? A test in two longitudinal birth cohorts.Development and Psychopathology, Nov. 2017, pp. 1–15. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s095457941700164x. Full Text

Lissek, Thomas, et al. “Building Bridges through Science.Neuron, vol. 96, no. 4, Nov. 2017, pp. 730–35. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2017.09.028. Full Text

Gard, Arianna M., et al. “The long reach of early adversity: Parenting, stress, and neural pathways to antisocial behavior in adulthood.Biological Psychiatry. Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, vol. 2, no. 7, Oct. 2017, pp. 582–90. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.bpsc.2017.06.005. Full Text

Avinun, Reut, et al. “Reward-Related Ventral Striatum Activity Buffers against the Experience of Depressive Symptoms Associated with Sleep Disturbances.The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 37, no. 40, Oct. 2017, pp. 9724–29. Epmc, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.1734-17.2017. Full Text

Kim, M. Justin, et al. “Neurogenetic plasticity and sex influence the link between corticolimbic structural connectivity and trait anxiety.Scientific Reports, vol. 7, no. 1, Sept. 2017, p. 10959. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-11497-2. Full Text

Scult, Matthew A., et al. “Individual differences in regulatory focus predict neural response to reward.Soc Neurosci, vol. 12, no. 4, Aug. 2017, pp. 419–29. Pubmed, doi:10.1080/17470919.2016.1178170. Full Text Open Access Copy

Bogdan, Ryan, et al. “Imaging Genetics and Genomics in Psychiatry: A Critical Review of Progress and Potential.Biological Psychiatry, vol. 82, no. 3, Aug. 2017, pp. 165–75. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.12.030. Full Text

Baranger, David A. A., et al. “An earlier time of scan is associated with greater threat-related amygdala reactivity.Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, vol. 12, no. 8, Aug. 2017, pp. 1272–83. Epmc, doi:10.1093/scan/nsx057. Full Text

Di Iorio, Christina R., et al. “Hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis genetic variation and early stress moderates amygdala function.Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol. 80, June 2017, pp. 170–78. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.03.016. Full Text