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

Pornpattananangkul, Narun, et al. “Cultural influences on neural basis of inhibitory control.Neuroimage, vol. 139, Oct. 2016, pp. 114–26. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2016.05.061. Full Text

Nikolova, Yuliya S., et al. “Can we identify meaningful epigenetic effects on human brain function and related risk for mental illness?Epigenomics, vol. 8, no. 10, Oct. 2016, pp. 1307–10. Epmc, doi:10.2217/epi-2016-0099. Full Text

Kragel, Philip A., et al. “Decoding Spontaneous Emotional States in the Human Brain.Plos Biology, vol. 14, no. 9, Sept. 2016, p. e2000106. Epmc, doi:10.1371/journal.pbio.2000106. Full Text Open Access Copy

Demers, Catherine H., et al. “Interactions Between Anandamide and Corticotropin-Releasing Factor Signaling Modulate Human Amygdala Function and Risk for Anxiety Disorders: An Imaging Genetics Strategy for Modeling Molecular Interactions.Biological Psychiatry, vol. 80, no. 5, Sept. 2016, pp. 356–62. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.12.021. Full Text

Waller, Rebecca, et al. “An oxytocin receptor polymorphism predicts amygdala reactivity and antisocial behavior in men.Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, vol. 11, no. 8, Aug. 2016, pp. 1218–26. Epmc, doi:10.1093/scan/nsw042. Full Text

Krystal, John H., et al. “Constance E. Lieber, Theodore R. Stanley, and the Enduring Impact of Philanthropy on Psychiatry Research.Biol Psychiatry, vol. 80, no. 2, July 2016, pp. 84–86. Pubmed, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2016.05.004. Full Text

Corral-Frías, N. S., et al. “COMT Val(158) Met genotype is associated with reward learning: a replication study and meta-analysis.Genes, Brain, and Behavior, vol. 15, no. 5, June 2016, pp. 503–13. Epmc, doi:10.1111/gbb.12296. Full Text

Nelson, E. C., et al. “Evidence of CNIH3 involvement in opioid dependence.Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 21, no. 5, May 2016, pp. 608–14. Epmc, doi:10.1038/mp.2015.102. Full Text

Gorka, Adam X., et al. “Variability in emotional responsiveness and coping style during active avoidance as a window onto psychological vulnerability to stress.Physiology & Behavior, vol. 158, May 2016, pp. 90–99. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.physbeh.2016.02.036. Full Text

Victor, Elizabeth C., and Ahmad R. Hariri. “A neuroscience perspective on sexual risk behavior in adolescence and emerging adulthood.Development and Psychopathology, vol. 28, no. 2, May 2016, pp. 471–87. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0954579415001042. Full Text