Institute of Mental Research
Institute of Mental Research

Derek Pisner

B.A., The University of Virginia

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab
Derek Pisner



Clinical Diagnostics and Treatment, Personalize Medicine, Machine Learning/ Data Mining, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, rsfMRI, BCI's, Connectomics


Derek joined the Mood Disorders Lab and Schnyer Cognitive Neuroscience Lab in 2016. He studied Philosophy and Mathematics at the University of Virginia in 2011, and subsequently completed a post-baccalaureate degree in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has extensive experience analyzing diffusion MRI (dMRI) and functional MRI (fMRI) data, along with a particular expertise in the study of brain networks.

Currently, part of Derek’s research includes developing new methods and software for integrating neuroscience, data science, and clinical research. From a basic science perspective, he is also studying the neural mechanisms of rumination and negative attention bias in depression. In the long-term, Derek further hopes to explore how multidimensional phenotypes based on person-specific data (e.g. dynamic behavioral, demographic, genetic, and neural topographic) might be translated into actionable diagnostic and treatment information for clinicians.

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