Diego Pizzagalli, PhD
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD, is founding director of the Center for Depression, Anxiety and Stress Research, director of the McLean Imaging Center, director of the Laboratory for Translational and Affective Neuroscience, and director of research for the Division of Depression and Anxiety Disorders at McLean Hospital, and is a professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School. He is an internationally known expert on the neurobiology of depression, and has made major contributions toward the identification of biomarkers of depression and treatment response.
The main goals of Dr. Pizzagalli’s research are to improve our understanding of the psychological, environmental, and neurobiological factors associated with mood disorders, in particular major depression. To this end, he integrates behavioral, electrophysiological, neuroimaging, and, more recently, molecular imaging approaches to investigate three important (endo)phenotypes of depression: anhedonia (loss of pleasure), increased stress sensitivity, and executive function deficits.
Dr. Pizzagalli joined ADAA in 2013 and serves as the Vice Chair of the Scientific Council.