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Emily R. Stern, Ph.D.

Emily R. Stern, Ph.D.

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Dr. Emily Stern is a Research Scientist at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research and Associate Professor at the New York University School of Medicine in the Department of Psychiatry. She received her Ph.D. from Columbia University in experimental psychology, and completed post-doctoral training at the University of Michigan where her research focused on neural circuit functioning in obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and EEG. Before joining NKI, Dr. Stern was Associate Professor at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

Dr. Stern’s research investigates neural mechanisms associated with cognitive, affective, and sensory processes contributing to core features in psychiatric disorders, with a particular focus on OCD and related disorders including Tourette’s disorder and depression. Her work uses task-based fMRI, functional connectivity, and diffusion imaging approaches to better understand heterogeneity in psychiatric disorders, generally, and the neurobiology of different phenotypic presentations of OCD, specifically. The overall aim of this work is to use these findings to develop more personalized and targeted treatments. Her research has been funded by NARSAD and NIMH and published in a variety of neuroimaging and psychiatric journals.

Learn more about Dr. Stern's Psychiatric NeuroCognition Laboratory (PNClab).

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Stern, E.R., Grimaldi, S.J., Muratore, A., Murrough, J.W., Leibu, E., Fleysher, K., Goodman, W.K., Burdick, K.E. (2017). Neural correlates of interoception: Effects of interoceptive focus and relationship to dimensional measures of body awareness. Human Brain Mapping, 38(12), 6068-6082.

Stern, E.R., Muratore, A.F., Taylor, S.F., Abelson, J.L., Hof, P.R., and Goodman, W.K. (2015). The persistence of experience: Prior attentional and emotional state affects network activity in a target detection task. Cerebral Cortex, 25(9): 3235-48.

Stern, E.R., and Taylor, S.F. (2014). The cognitive neuroscience of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 37(3): 337-352.

Stern, E.R., Fitzgerald, K.D., Welsh, R.C., Abelson, J.L., and Taylor, S.F. (2012). Resting-state functional connectivity between fronto-parietal and default mode networks in obsessive-compulsive disorder. PLoS ONE, 7(5): e36356.

Stern, E.R., Welsh, R.C., Fitzgerald, K.D., Gehring, W.J., Lister, J.J., Himle, J.A., Abelson, J.L., and Taylor, S.F. (2011). Hyperactive error responses and altered connectivity in ventromedial and fronto-insular cortices in obsessive-compulsive disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 69(6): 583-91.