Ahmad Hariri

Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Child and Family Policy

Ahmad Hariri is professor of psychology & neuroscience and investigator in the Institute for Genome Sciences & Policy at Duke University. Prior to joining the faculty at Duke, Hariri served as the director of the Developmental Imaging Genetics Program at the University of Pittsburgh. He received both a BS and MS from the University of Maryland, where he studied evolutionary biology. In 2000, he completed his Ph.D. in neuroscience at UCLA, working with Dr. Susan Bookheimer. He joined the faculty at Pitt in 2003 after working as a research fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Danny Weinberger at the NIMH.

Hariri's research is focused on using modern molecular genetics and neuroimaging methods to identify specific biological pathways that help shape individual differences in temperament and personality, as well as related risk for neuropsychiatric disease. The long-term goals of his research program are to identify neurobiological pathways mediating variability in complex behaviors and related risk for neuropsychiatric disease that will allow for the development of more effective, individually tailored disease treatment and, ultimately, prevention.

Findings from Hariri's program of research have been published in Science, Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Journal of Neuroscience, Archives of General Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Trend in Cognitive Sciences and the Annual Review of Neuroscience. In August 2009, Dr. Hariri's contributions to the science of individual differences were recognized by the APA who presented him with the Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology.

Research Interests:

  • Neurogenetics
  • Cognitive Neuroscience


  • PhD UCLA - 2001
  • 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

Recent Publications (More Publications)

  • Trampush, JW; Yang, MLZ; 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; Horan, M; Chiba-Falek, O; Attix, DK; Need, AC; Cirulli, ET; Voineskos, AN; Stefanis, NC; Avramopoulos, D; Hatzimanolis, A; Arking, DE; Smyrnis, N; Bilder, RM et al. (2017) GWAS meta-analysis reveals novel loci and genetic correlates for general cognitive function: a report from the COGENT consortium. Molecular Psychiatry, 22, 336-345, [doi], [abs]
  • Swartz, JR; Hariri, AR; Williamson, DE (2017) An epigenetic mechanism links socioeconomic status to changes in depression-related brain function in high-risk adolescents Molecular Psychiatry, 22, 209-214, [doi], [abs]
  • Swartz, JR; Prather, AA; Di Iorio, CR; Bogdan, R; Hariri, AR (2017) A Functional Interleukin-18 Haplotype Predicts Depression and Anxiety through Increased Threat-Related Amygdala Reactivity in Women but Not Men. Neuropsychopharmacology (Nature), 42, 419-426, [doi], [abs]
  • Scult, MA; Knodt, AR; Swartz, JR; Brigidi, BD; Hariri, AR (2017) Thinking and Feeling: Individual Differences in Habitual Emotion Regulation and Stress-Related Mood Are Associated With Prefrontal Executive Control Clinical Psychological Science, 5, 150-157, [doi], [abs]
  • Scult, MA; Paulli, AR; Mazure, ES; Moffitt, TE; Hariri, AR; Strauman, TJ (2017) The association between cognitive function and subsequent depression: a systematic review and meta-analysis. Psychological Medicine, 47, 1-17, [doi], [abs]