Helen Mayberg

Dr. Helen Mayberg

Professor
Psychiatry and Neurology Emory University School of Medicine

Associate Staff
Adjunct Clinical Appointment
Toronto Western Hospital (Neurology & Psychiatry)
Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Toronto

Research Focus

My research concerns the characterization of neural systems mediating mood and emotions in health and disease using functional neuroimaging. Defining brain mechanisms underlying major depression is the primary goal, with an emphasis on development of algorithms that will discriminate patient subgroups, optimize treatment selection, and provide markers of disease vulnerability. This work is the foundation for our development and testing of a new intervention for treatment resistant patients using deep brain stimulation, a study initiated at the University of Toronto and now continuing at Emory.

Education

  • 1976: B.A., Psychobiology, University of California Los Angeles
  • 1977: Graduate studies, Department of Radiological Sciences, University of California Irvine
  • 1981: M.D., University of Southern California, School of Medicine

Academic Appointments

  • 1999–2003: Sandra A. Rotman Chair in Neuropsychiatry, Professor of Psychiatry and Medicine (Neurology), Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto, Toronto, Ontario Canada
  • 1999–2003: Director, Sandra Rotman Program in Neuropsychiatry, Rotman Research Institute, University of Toronto
  • 1999–2001: Director, Mental Health Research Program, Sunnybrook Medical Center, University of Toronto
  • 1994–1998: Associate Professor, with Tenure (1997)
  • 1991–1994: Assistant Professor, School of Medicine, Departments of Medicine (Neurology), Psychiatry, and Radiology, School of Biomedical Sciences, Graduate Faculty for Radiology, Senior Scientist, Research Imaging Center, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • 1990–1991: Assistant Professor
  • 1987–1989: Instructor, Departments of Radiology (Nuclear Medicine), Neurology, and Psychiatry, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland
  • 1985–1987: Research Fellow, Johns Hopkins PET Facility, Division of Nuclear Medicine, Department of Radiology and Radiological Sciences, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland

Professional Affiliations

  • 2003–2004: Primary Appointment Professor, Psychiatry and Neurology Emory University School of Medicine
  • 2003–2004: Adjunct Appointments Associate Staff, Toronto Western Hospital (Neurology & Psychiatry)
  • 2003–2004: Associate Scientist, Rotman Research Institute
  • 2003–2004: Professor of Psychiatry and Neurology, University of Toronto

Research Groups

  • 2010: Robin Westmacott (Psychology), 1st year Post-Doc, Neuropsychology, University of Toronto
  • 2010: Michelle Keightley, 4th year PhD student, Psychology, University of Toronto
  • 2010: Eva Svboda, 3rd year PhD student, Psychology, University of Toronto
  • 2010: Laura Cardenas, 4th year PhD student, Pharmacology, University of Toronto
  • 2010: Kim Goldapple, 3rd year MA student, IMS, University of Toronto
  • 2010: Ali Mazaheri, 3rd year MA student, IMS, University of Toronto
  • 2010: Steven Brannan MD, Project Manager, UTHSCSA (Psychiatry), Cyberonics
  • 2010: Mario Liotti MD, PhD, PhD (Neurology), UTHSCSA Associate Professor, University of Nottingham, UK
  • 2010: Stephanie Kruger MD (Psychiatry), Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Dresden, Germany
  • 2010: Philippe Fossati MD (Psychiatry), Assistant Professor Psychiatry, Salpetrier Hospital, France
  • 2010: Taresa Stefurak MD (Neurology), Clinical Scientist, Rotman Research Institute, Toronto, Canada

Reviewership

Consulting

  • 1995–1999: Chronic Fatigue Center (External Advisory Board), University of Washington, Seattle PI: Deidra Buchwald, MD
  • 1996–1999: Mental Health Clinical Research Center (Consultant), University of Pittsburgh, PA PI: David J. Kupfer, MD
  • 1997–1999: Geriatric Depression (Consultant), University of Pittsburgh. PI: Charles F. Reynolds, MD
  • 1999–2004: Center for Studies of Late Life Depression (External advisory committee) University of Pittsburgh, PA PI: Charles F. Reynolds, MD
  • 2000: NIAID/NIH Chronic Fatigue Syndrome “State of the Science,” Rockville, MD
  • 2002–2004: Graduate Training Program in Translational Investigation (K30 Ext Advisory Board) University of California Los Angeles PI: Julio Lucinio, MD
  • 2001–2004: NeuroInformatics
  • 1999–2004: CNS Spectrums
  • 1999–2004: Depression & Anxiety
  • 1998–2004: NeuroImage
  • 1997–2004: Human Brain Mapping
  • 1997–2003: Biological Psychiatry (Executive Committee 2001-2003)

Committee

  • 1993: Chair, UTHSCSA IRB committee-Consent form Language on Radiation Exposure Risk
  • 1992–1995: Member, UTHSCSA Institutional Review Board
  • 1993–1994: Deputy Chairman, UTHSCSA, Institutional Review Board
  • 1994–1995: Chairman, UTHSCSA, Institutional Review Board
  • 1994–1998: Member, San Antonio State Hospital Research Advisory Panel
  • 1995–1998: Member, UTHSCSA, President's Committee on Accreditation
  • 2000: Search Committee Member, Psychopharmacology Chair, Rotman Research Institute
  • 2000: Search Committee Member, Alzheimer’s Chair, Rotman Research Institute
  • 2000: Search Committee Member, Cameron Wilson Chair in Depression Studies, University of Toronto
  • 1999–2001: Member, Scientific Advisory Board PET Centre, Clarke Institute/CAMH, University of Toronto
  • 1996–1998: Study Section - National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Clinical Neuroscience and Biological Psychopathology (CNBP)
  • 1998–2000: Study Section - NIH Center for Scientific Review Brain Disorders and Clinical Neuroscience (ZRG1 BDCN-6)
  • 2003–2004: Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), Scientific Advisory Board

Distinctions and Awards

  • 2007: Plenary Lecture, British Neuroscience Association, York UK
  • 2007: David Seegal AOA Visiting Professor and Lectureship, Columbia University, NYC
  • 2007: Edwin Gildea Lecturer, Washington University, Dept of Psychiatry, St. Louis, MO
  • 2006: Dal Grauer Lecturer, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
  • 2006: Ved P. Sachdev MD, Endowed Lecturer, Department of Neurosurgery, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York
  • 2003: Arnold Pfeffer Prize for the year 2001, Journal of Neuropsychoanalysis (w/ Mario Liotti)
  • 2003: American College of Neuropspychopharmacology (elected member)
  • 2002: Distinguished Investigator Award, NARSAD
  • 2002: Harold Lawn Memorial Lecturer, University of Minnesota
  • 2000: The McMillan Lecturer, Women College Hospital, Toronto
  • 2000: American Neurological Association (elected member)
  • 1999: Litchfield Lecturer, Oxford College, England
  • 1999: Sandra Rotman Chair in Neuropsychiatry, University of Toronto
  • 1999: Fellow, Royal College of Physicians of Canada
  • 1997: Bexar County Medical Society, 3rd Annual Women in Medicine, Honoree
  • 1996: Gerald Klerman Memorial Award runner-up, NARSAD
  • 1995: Independent Investigator Award, NARSAD
  • 1994: Charles A. Dana Foundation Clinical Hypotheses Program Award
  • 1991: Young Investigator Award, NARSAD
  • 1980: NIH Student Research Fellowship: Psychopharmacology
  • 1978: USC Psychiatry Summer Research Fellowship Award
  • 1973: Alpha Lambda Delta, Scholastic Honor Society, UCLA

Curriculum Vitae

Contact

Emory University School of Medicine
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
WMB Building
1639 Pierce Drive, Suite 4313
30322-0001 Phone: (404) 727-6740 Email: hmayberg@emory.edu Fax: (404) 727-6743