Ahmad Hariri

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 - Los Angeles 2000

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

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

Selected Grants

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


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

Elliott, Maxwell L., et al. “A Polygenic Score for Higher Educational Attainment is Associated with Larger Brains.Cerebral Cortex (New York, N.Y. : 1991), vol. 29, no. 8, July 2019, pp. 3496–504. Epmc, doi:10.1093/cercor/bhy219. 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, p. e12579. 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

Kim, M. Justin, et al. “Corticolimbic circuit structure moderates an association between early life stress and later trait anxiety.Neuroimage. Clinical, vol. 24, Jan. 2019, p. 102050. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.nicl.2019.102050. Full Text

Lam, Max, et al. “Multi-Trait Analysis of GWAS and Biological Insights Into Cognition: A Response to Hill (2018).Twin Res Hum Genet, vol. 21, no. 5, Oct. 2018, pp. 394–97. Pubmed, doi:10.1017/thg.2018.46. Full Text

Savage, Jeanne E., et al. “Genome-wide association meta-analysis in 269,867 individuals identifies new genetic and functional links to intelligence.Nat Genet, vol. 50, no. 7, July 2018, pp. 912–19. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41588-018-0152-6. Full Text

Miller, Jacob A., et al. “Effects of Schizophrenia Polygenic Risk Scores on Brain Activity and Performance During Working Memory Subprocesses in Healthy Young Adults.Schizophrenia Bulletin, vol. 44, no. 4, June 2018, pp. 844–53. Epmc, doi:10.1093/schbul/sbx140. Full Text

Davies, Gail, et al. “Study of 300,486 individuals identifies 148 independent genetic loci influencing general cognitive function.Nat Commun, vol. 9, no. 1, May 2018, p. 2098. Pubmed, doi:10.1038/s41467-018-04362-x. Full Text

Agrawal, A., et al. “Genome-wide association study identifies a novel locus for cannabis dependence.Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 23, no. 5, May 2018, pp. 1293–302. Epmc, doi:10.1038/mp.2017.200. Full Text