Maxwell Elliott

Maxwell Elliott

Clinical Intern, Mclean Hospital Harvard Medical School


Max is a clinical psychology PhD student working with the Moffitt & Caspi lab after completing his BS at the University of Minnesota and spending two years as a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health. He is currently completing a clinical internship at McLean hospital. 

Max's is interested in understanding the nature of individual differences in brain organization, with a focus on identifying the earliest signs of accelerated, unhealthy brain aging. 

In his free time Max loves to get out on his road bike to explore the neighborhoods Durham and Boston.



Max is a clinical psychology PhD student working with Ahmad Hariri and the Moffitt & Caspi lab after completing his BS at the University of Minnesota and spending two years as a research fellow at the National Institute of Mental Health. Max is interested in further understanding the structure of mental illness through investigating the interacting relationships between genes, environment and the brain. He is particularly interested in finding ways to combine knowledge about genetics and lifespan development with brain imaging to better assess and understand risk factors for mental illness. Through the use of imaging endophenotypes he hopes to further map out relationships between individual differences in health and disease.

Selected Grants

Elliott, Maxwell L., et al. “Striving toward translation: strategies for reliable fMRI measurement.Trends in Cognitive Sciences, vol. 25, no. 9, Sept. 2021, pp. 776–87. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.tics.2021.05.008. Full Text

Gehred, Maria Z., et al. “Long-term Neural Embedding of Childhood Adversity in a Population-Representative Birth Cohort Followed for 5 Decades.Biological Psychiatry, vol. 90, no. 3, Aug. 2021, pp. 182–93. Epmc, doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2021.02.971. Full Text

Elliott, Maxwell L., et al. “Need for Psychometric Theory in Neuroscience Research and Training: Reply to Kragel et al. (2021).Psychological Science, vol. 32, no. 4, Apr. 2021, pp. 627–29. Epmc, doi:10.1177/0956797621996665. Full Text

Elliott, Maxwell L., et al. “Disparities in the pace of biological aging among midlife adults of the same chronological age have implications for future frailty risk and policy.Nature Aging, vol. 1, no. 3, Mar. 2021, pp. 295–308. Epmc, doi:10.1038/s43587-021-00044-4. Full Text

Romer, Adrienne L., et al. “Pervasively Thinner Neocortex as a Transdiagnostic Feature of General Psychopathology.The American Journal of Psychiatry, vol. 178, no. 2, Feb. 2021, pp. 174–82. Epmc, doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2020.19090934. Full Text

Rasmussen, Line Jee Hartmann, et al. “Association Between Elevated suPAR, a New Biomarker of Inflammation, and Accelerated Aging.The Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences, vol. 76, no. 2, Jan. 2021, pp. 318–27. Epmc, doi:10.1093/gerona/glaa178. Full Text

Richmond-Rakerd, Leah S., et al. “Childhood self-control forecasts the pace of midlife aging and preparedness for old age.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, vol. 118, no. 3, Jan. 2021. Epmc, doi:10.1073/pnas.2010211118. Full Text

d’Arbeloff, Tracy, et al. “Midlife Cardiovascular Fitness Is Reflected in the Brain's White Matter.Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, vol. 13, Jan. 2021, p. 652575. Epmc, doi:10.3389/fnagi.2021.652575. Full Text

Kim, M. J., et al. “A Connectome-Wide Functional Signature of Trait Anger.” Clinical Psychological Science, Jan. 2021. Scopus, doi:10.1177/21677026211030240. Full Text

Reuben, Aaron, et al. “Association of Childhood Lead Exposure With MRI Measurements of Structural Brain Integrity in Midlife.Jama, vol. 324, no. 19, Nov. 2020, pp. 1970–79. Epmc, doi:10.1001/jama.2020.19998. Full Text


Elliott, Maxwell, et al. A Connectome Wide Functional Signature of Transdiagnostic Risk for Mental Illness. 2017. Epmc, doi:10.1101/196220. Full Text

Gregory, Michael, et al. “Connectome-Wide Association of Resting fMRI With Dopamine Functioning in Patients With Schizophrenia and Healthy Adults.” Neuropsychopharmacology, vol. 41, 2016, pp. S224–25.

Elliott, Maxwell. “A Data-Driven Exploration of the Functional Connectome in Williams Syndrome.” Biological Psychiatry, vol. 79, no. 9, 2016, pp. 216S-217S.