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Deanna Barch, PhD

Current Position
Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry<br>Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Radiology

University Roles
Co-Director of the Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Laboratory
Director of Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders

Education and Training
PHD: University of Illinois st Urbana-Champaign, Champaign, Illinois
MA: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaigh, Champaign, Illinois
BA: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois

Major Awards
2002, American Psychological Association (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Psychopathology
2002, The Joseph Zubin Memorial Fund Award
2003, Artsci Council Faculty Award, Washington University
2004, Special Recognition, Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate Student Senate, Washington University
2005, Visiting Fellow, Clare Hall Center for Advanced Studies, Cambridge University
2007, NAMI St. Louis Outstanding Scientist Award
2009, Fellow, Association of Psychological Science
2010, Distinguished Faculty Award, Washington University
2010, Special Recognition, Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate Student Senate, Washington University
2011, Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry


  

Areas of Research Interests
Dr. Barch's current research is focused on understanding the interplay among cognition, emotion, and brain function to better understand the deficits in behavior and cognition found in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression. In particular, Dr. Barch is interested in determining the cognitive, emotional and neural bases of risk for the development of schizophrenia and depression, potentially as a means of developing better preventative approaches. She uses functional MRI, structural MRI, and cognitive neuroscience methods to examine neural basis of disturbances in cognitive control and emotional processing in individuals with schizophrenia and those at risk for the development of schizophrenia, as well as using these converging methods to examine neurobiological risk factors for early onset depression and their interaction with environmental factors.


Key Publications
Barch DM, Gaffrey MS, Botteron KN, Belden AC, Luby JL (2012 Jul 6). Functional Brain Activation to Emotionally Valenced Faces in School-Aged Children with a History of Preschool-Onset Major Depression. Biol Psychiatry.   Full Article ->

Repovs, G. and Barch, D. M. (in press). Working memory related brain network connectivity in individuals with schizophrenia and their siblings. Frontiers in Neuroscience.  Full Article ->

Barch DM, Ceaser A (2012 Jan). Cognition in schizophrenia: core psychological and neural mechanisms. Trends Cogn Sci. 16(1): 27-34.  Full Article ->

Luby JL, Barch DM, Belden A, Gaffrey MS, Tillman R, Babb C, Nishino T, Suzuki H, Botteron KN (2012 Feb 21). Maternal support in early childhood predicts larger hippocampal volumes at school age. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 109(8): 2854-9.  Full Article ->

Repovs G, Csernansky JG, Barch DM (2011 May 15). Brain network connectivity in individuals with schizophrenia and their siblings. Biol Psychiatry. 69(10): 967-73.  Full Article ->