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

Swartz, Johnna R., et al. “Threat-related amygdala activity is associated with peripheral CRP concentrations in men but not women.Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol. 78, Apr. 2017, pp. 93–96. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2017.01.024. Full Text

Dotterer, Hailey L., et al. “Amygdala reactivity predicts adolescent antisocial behavior but not callous-unemotional traits.Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 24, Apr. 2017, pp. 84–92. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.dcn.2017.02.008. Full Text

Carey, Caitlin E., et al. “Reward-related ventral striatum activity links polygenic risk for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to problematic alcohol use in young adulthood.Biological Psychiatry. Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, vol. 2, no. 2, Mar. 2017, pp. 180–87. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.bpsc.2016.10.003. Full Text

Trampush, J. W., et al. “GWAS meta-analysis reveals novel loci and genetic correlates for general cognitive function: a report from the COGENT consortium.Mol Psychiatry, vol. 22, no. 3, Mar. 2017, pp. 336–45. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/mp.2016.244. Full Text

Swartz, Johnna R., et al. “A Common Polymorphism in a Williams Syndrome Gene Predicts Amygdala Reactivity and Extraversion in Healthy Adults.Biological Psychiatry, vol. 81, no. 3, Feb. 2017, pp. 203–10. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.12.007. Full Text

Swartz, Johnna R., et al. “An epigenetic mechanism links socioeconomic status to changes in depression-related brain function in high-risk adolescents.Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 22, no. 2, Feb. 2017, pp. 209–14. Epmc, doi:10.1038/mp.2016.82. Full Text

Swartz, Johnna R., et al. “Peering into the brain to predict behavior: Peer-reported, but not self-reported, conscientiousness links threat-related amygdala activity to future problem drinking.Neuroimage, vol. 146, Feb. 2017, pp. 894–903. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.10.003. Full Text

Swartz, Johnna R., et al. “A Functional Interleukin-18 Haplotype Predicts Depression and Anxiety through Increased Threat-Related Amygdala Reactivity in Women but Not Men.Neuropsychopharmacology : Official Publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 42, no. 2, Jan. 2017, pp. 419–26. Epmc, doi:10.1038/npp.2016.129. Full Text

Scult, M. A., et al. “The association between cognitive function and subsequent depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis.Psychol Med, vol. 47, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 1–17. Pubmed, doi:10.1017/S0033291716002075. Full Text Open Access Copy

Scult, Matthew A., et al. “Thinking and Feeling: Individual Differences in Habitual Emotion Regulation and Stress-Related Mood are Associated with Prefrontal Executive Control.Clinical Psychological Science : A Journal of the Association for Psychological Science, vol. 5, no. 1, Jan. 2017, pp. 150–57. Epmc, doi:10.1177/2167702616654688. Full Text