Ahmad Hariri

Ahmad Hariri

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience

Education & Training

  • Ph.D., University of California at Los Angeles 2000

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

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


Integrating psychology, neuroimaging, pharmacology and molecular genetics in the search for biological pathways mediating individual differences in behavior and related risk for psychopathology.


Neuroscience, genetics, psychopathology risk, individual differences

Nikolova, YS, Misquitta, KA, Rocco, BR, Prevot, TD, Knodt, AR, Ellegood, J, Voineskos, AN, Lerch, JP, Hariri, AR, Sibille, E, and Banasr, M. "Shifting priorities: Highly conserved behavioral and brain network adaptations to chronic stress across species (Accepted)." Translational Psychiatry 8.1 (December 1, 2018). Full Text

Scult, MA, and Hariri, AR. "A BRIEF INTRODUCTION TO THE NEUROGENETICS OF COGNITION-EMOTION INTERACTIONS." Current opinion in behavioral sciences 19 (February 2018): 50-54. Full Text

Swartz, JR, Knodt, AR, Radtke, SR, and Hariri, AR. "Post-secondary maternal education buffers against neural risk for psychological vulnerability to future life stress." Neuropsychologia 109 (January 31, 2018): 134-139. Full Text

Kim, MJ, Avinun, R, Knodt, AR, Radtke, SR, and Hariri, AR. "Neurogenetic plasticity and sex influence the link between corticolimbic structural connectivity and trait anxiety." Scientific Reports 7.1 (December 2017). Full Text

Dotterer, HL, Waller, R, Neumann, CS, Shaw, DS, Forbes, EE, Hariri, AR, and Hyde, LW. "Examining the Factor Structure of the Self-Report of Psychopathy Short-Form Across Four Young Adult Samples." Assessment 24.8 (December 2017): 1062-1079. Full Text

Schaefer, JD, Scult, MA, Caspi, A, Arseneault, L, Belsky, DW, Hariri, AR, Harrington, H, Houts, R, Ramrakha, S, Poulton, R, and Moffitt, TE. "Is low cognitive functioning a predictor or consequence of major depressive disorder? A test in two longitudinal birth cohorts." Development and psychopathology (November 16, 2017): 1-15. Full Text

Lam, M, Trampush, JW, Yu, J, Knowles, E, Davies, G, Liewald, DC, Starr, JM, Djurovic, S, Melle, I, Sundet, K, Christoforou, A, Reinvang, I, DeRosse, P, Lundervold, AJ, Steen, VM, Espeseth, T, Räikkönen, K, Widen, E, Palotie, A, Eriksson, JG, Giegling, I, Konte, B, Roussos, P, Giakoumaki, S, Burdick, KE, Payton, A, Ollier, W, Chiba-Falek, O, Attix, DK, Need, AC, Cirulli, ET, Voineskos, AN, Stefanis, NC, Avramopoulos, D, Hatzimanolis, A, Arking, DE, Smyrnis, N, Bilder, RM, Freimer, NA, and Cannon, TD et al. "Large-Scale Cognitive GWAS Meta-Analysis Reveals Tissue-Specific Neural Expression and Potential Nootropic Drug Targets." Cell Reports 21.9 (November 2017): 2597-2613. Full Text

Gard, AM, Waller, R, Shaw, DS, Forbes, EE, Hariri, AR, and Hyde, LW. "The Long Reach of Early Adversity: Parenting, Stress, and Neural Pathways to Antisocial Behavior in Adulthood." Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging 2.7 (October 2017): 582-590. Full Text

Avinun, R, Nevo, A, Knodt, AR, Elliott, ML, Radtke, SR, Brigidi, BD, and Hariri, AR. "Reward-Related Ventral Striatum Activity Buffers against the Experience of Depressive Symptoms Associated with Sleep Disturbances." The Journal of Neuroscience 37.40 (October 2017): 9724-9729. Full Text

Scult, MA, Knodt, AR, Hanson, JL, Ryoo, M, Adcock, RA, Hariri, AR, and Strauman, TJ. "Individual differences in regulatory focus predict neural response to reward." Social neuroscience 12.4 (August 2017): 419-429. Full Text Open Access Copy


Faig, KE, Nikolova, YS, and Hariri, AR. "Genetic Neuroimaging of Social Perception." Brain Mapping: An Encyclopedic Reference. February 14, 2015. 97-105. Full Text

Selected Grants

Neural signatures of healthy and unhealthy aging awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2015 to 2020

A Compute Cluster for Brain Imaging and Analysis awarded by National Institutes of Health (Major User). 2016 to 2017

Neurogenetic Pathways to Drug Use in Young Adults awarded by National Institutes of Health (Principal Investigator). 2013 to 2017

Instructed Activation of the Human Dopaminergic Midbrain using Real-Time fMRI awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Sponsor). 2014 to 2016

Self-Regulation Failure: Identifying and Modifying a Risk Phenotype awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co-Principal Investigator). 2010 to 2014

From Phenotype to Mechanism: Mapping the Pathways underlying Risky Choice awarded by National Institutes of Health (Co Investigator). 2009 to 2011

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