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

Chen, Qiang, et al. “Schizophrenia polygenic risk score predicts mnemonic hippocampal activity.Brain : A Journal of Neurology, vol. 141, no. 4, Apr. 2018, pp. 1218–28. Epmc, doi:10.1093/brain/awy004. Full Text

Romer, A. L., et al. “Structural alterations within cerebellar circuitry are associated with general liability for common mental disorders.Molecular Psychiatry, vol. 23, no. 4, Apr. 2018, pp. 1084–90. Epmc, doi:10.1038/mp.2017.57. Full Text

Nikolova, Yuliya S., et al. “Shifting priorities: highly conserved behavioral and brain network adaptations to chronic stress across species.Translational Psychiatry, vol. 8, no. 1, Jan. 2018, p. 26. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s41398-017-0083-5. Full Text

Swartz, Johnna R., et al. “Post-secondary maternal education buffers against neural risk for psychological vulnerability to future life stress.Neuropsychologia, vol. 109, Jan. 2018, pp. 134–39. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2017.12.019. Full Text

Dotterer, Hailey L., et al. “Examining the Factor Structure of the Self-Report of Psychopathy Short-Form Across Four Young Adult Samples.Assessment, vol. 24, no. 8, Dec. 2017, pp. 1062–79. Epmc, doi:10.1177/1073191116640355. Full Text

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

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