Department of Psychology
Department of Psychology

Derek Pisner

B.A., The University of Virginia

Derek Pisner


  • Phone: 703-200-8389
  • Office: CLA 4.600
  • Campus Mail Code: E9000


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


Derek received a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy from the University of Virginia in 2011, and subsequently completed a post-baccalaureate program in Psychology at the University of California, Berkeley. He has also worked as a crisis counselor at the San Francisco Suicide Prevention and assisted with research at several clinical neuroscience labs. More recently, he has taken an interest in neuroimaging and specifically building pipelines for analyzing structural and functional neural connectivity data collected from diverse clinical populations.

Derek will be joining the Mood Disorders Lab in 2016, where he hopes to study methods of integrating neuroscience, data science, and clinical practice. Along these lines, he is exploring how machine learning techniques can be used to translate person-specific data (e.g. behavioral, demographic, genetic, and neural topographic) into actionable diagnostic and treatment information for clinicians. Additionally, he is interested in the emerging field of “neurocognitive therapeutics”; in particular, he intends to study how brain-computer interfacing might be used to enhance existing Attention Bias Modification (ABM) paradigms for the treatment of negative attention bias in Major Depression.

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    The University of Texas at Austin
    SEA 4.208
    108 E. Dean Keeton Stop A8000
    Austin, TX 78712-1043