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

Hanson, Jamie L., et al. “Blunted Ventral Striatum Development in Adolescence Reflects Emotional Neglect and Predicts Depressive Symptoms.Biological Psychiatry, vol. 78, no. 9, Nov. 2015, pp. 598–605. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2015.05.010. Full Text

Hariri, Ahmad R., and Andrew Holmes. “Finding translation in stress research.Nature Neuroscience, vol. 18, no. 10, Oct. 2015, pp. 1347–52. Epmc, doi:10.1038/nn.4111. Full Text

Scult, Matthew A., et al. “A Common Polymorphism in SCN2A Predicts General Cognitive Ability through Effects on PFC Physiology.Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, vol. 27, no. 9, Sept. 2015, pp. 1766–74. Epmc, doi:10.1162/jocn_a_00826. Full Text

Trampush, Joey W., et al. “Independent evidence for an association between general cognitive ability and a genetic locus for educational attainment.American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric Genetics : The Official Publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, vol. 168B, no. 5, July 2015, pp. 363–73. Epmc, doi:10.1002/ajmg.b.32319. Full Text

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