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

Nikolova, Yuliya S., and Ahmad R. Hariri. “Can we observe epigenetic effects on human brain function?Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 19, no. 7, July 2015, pp. 366–73. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.tics.2015.05.003. Full Text

Gorka, Adam X., et al. “Anterior cingulate cortex gray matter volume mediates an association between 2D:4D ratio and trait aggression in women but not men.Psychoneuroendocrinology, vol. 56, June 2015, pp. 148–56. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.psyneuen.2015.03.004. Full Text

Victor, Elizabeth C., et al. “Differential patterns of amygdala and ventral striatum activation predict gender-specific changes in sexual risk behavior.The Journal of Neuroscience : The Official Journal of the Society for Neuroscience, vol. 35, no. 23, June 2015, pp. 8896–900. Epmc, doi:10.1523/jneurosci.0737-15.2015. Full Text

Arloth, Janine, et al. “Genetic Differences in the Immediate Transcriptome Response to Stress Predict Risk-Related Brain Function and Psychiatric Disorders.Neuron, vol. 86, no. 5, June 2015, pp. 1189–202. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2015.05.034. Full Text

Telch, Michael J., et al. “5-HTTLPR genotype potentiates the effects of war zone stressors on the emergence of PTSD, depressive and anxiety symptoms in soldiers deployed to iraq.World Psychiatry : Official Journal of the World Psychiatric Association (Wpa), vol. 14, no. 2, June 2015, pp. 198–206. Epmc, doi:10.1002/wps.20215. Full Text

Kochunov, Peter, et al. “Heritability of fractional anisotropy in human white matter: a comparison of Human Connectome Project and ENIGMA-DTI data.Neuroimage, vol. 111, May 2015, pp. 300–11. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2015.02.050. Full Text

Gorka, Adam X., et al. “Basal forebrain moderates the magnitude of task-dependent amygdala functional connectivity.Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, vol. 10, no. 4, Apr. 2015, pp. 501–07. Epmc, doi:10.1093/scan/nsu080. Full Text

Swartz, Johnna R., et al. “Developmental change in amygdala reactivity during adolescence: effects of family history of depression and stressful life events.The American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 172, no. 3, Mar. 2015, pp. 276–83. Epmc, doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.14020195. Full Text

Swartz, Johnna R., et al. “A neural biomarker of psychological vulnerability to future life stress.Neuron, vol. 85, no. 3, Feb. 2015, pp. 505–11. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.12.055. Full Text Open Access Copy

Corral-Frías, N. S., et al. “Stress-related anhedonia is associated with ventral striatum reactivity to reward and transdiagnostic psychiatric symptomatology.Psychological Medicine, vol. 45, no. 12, Jan. 2015, pp. 2605–17. Epmc, doi:10.1017/s0033291715000525. Full Text