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Deanna Barch, PhD

Current Position
Chair, Department of Psychology Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry

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
2012, President, Society for Research in Psychopathology
2013, Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
2016, Association of Women In Neuroscience Mentor Award
2016, Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award


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, depression and substance abuse, 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 depression, and those at risk for the development of schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse.

Key Publications
Sheffield JM, Kandala S, Tamminga CA, Pearlson GD, Keshavan MS, Sweeney JA, Clementz BA, Lerman-Sinkoff DB, Hill SK, Barch DM, (2017 May). Transdiagnostic Associations Between Functional Brain Network Integrity and Cognition. JAMA Psychiatry.   Full Article ->

Barch DM, Carter CS, Gold JM, Johnson SL, Kring AM, MacDonald AW, Pizzagalli DA, Ragland JD, Silverstein SM, Strauss ME, (2017 Apr). Explicit and Implicit Reinforcement Learning Across the Psychosis Spectrum. J Abnorm Psychol.   Full Article ->

Moran EK, Culbreth AJ, Barch DM, (2017 Jan). Ecological momentary assessment of negative symptoms in schizophrenia: Relationships to effort-based decision making and reinforcement learning. J Abnorm Psychol. 126(1): 96-105.  Full Article ->

Sheffield Julia M,Kandala Sridhar,Burgess Gregory C,Harms Michael P,Barch Deanna M,;Cingulo-opercular network efficiency mediates the association between psychotic-like experiences and cognitive ability in the general population;November 2016;;  Full Article ->

Luking KR, Pagliaccio D, Luby JL, Barch DM, (2016 Apr). Depression Risk Predicts Blunted Neural Responses to Gains and Enhanced Responses to Losses in Healthy Children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 55(4): 328-37.  Full Article ->

Luby Joan L.,Belden Andy C.,Jackson Joshua J.,Lessov-Schlaggar Christina N.,Harms Michael P.,Tillman Rebecca,Botteron Kelly,Whalen Diana,Barch Deanna M.,;Early Childhood Depression and Alterations in the Trajectory of Gray Matter Maturation in Middle Childhood and Early Adolescence;January 2016;;  Full Article ->