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David Glahn, PhD


Associate Chief for Research & Director, Tommy Fuss Center for Neuropsychiatric Disease Research
Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School




Boston Children's Hospital
300 Longwood Avenue
Boston, MA 02115




The primary aims of my research program are to (i) elucidate the biological antecedents of psychotic and affective disorders through the integration of clinical, cognitive, neuroimaging, peripheral blood markers and molecular genetic information, and to (ii) determine the impact of genetic and environmental variation on normative brain structure and function and its development. Given that psychiatric and cognitive/imaging antecedents of psychosis or affective dysregulation appear in childhood and adolescence, typically years before the formal onset of the illness, a major component of my research focuses on genetic and environmental aspects of individual differences across development. I am the inaugural director of the Tommy Fuss Center for Developmental Neuropsychiatric Disease Research at Boston Children’s Hospital, where I will also serve as the Associate Chair for Research in the Department of Psychiatry. I am the director of the Early Psychosis Investigation Center (EPICenter) direct the Neuropsychiatric Genetics Program (NPG). At Olin Neuropsychiatric Research Center, Institute of Living, Hartford Hospital, I director the Affective Disorders and Psychosis (ADAPTING) laboratory. In this capacity, I supervise a 15-strong research team comprised of junior faculty, postdoctoral fellows and research assistants. I collaborate with investigators locally at BCH/Olin, nationally and internationally in connection to neuroimaging, neurocognition and genomic research. I carefully design experiments and analytic pipelines and oversee the rigorous and timely implementation of those protocols/analyses

Large-Scale Evaluation of the Effect of Rare Genetic Variants on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities - NIH/NIMH U01 MH119690-01