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

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. “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

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