Helen Mayberg, MD

Targeting and tuning depression circuits

Helen S. Mayberg, M.D. is Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Radiology and the Dorothy Fuqua Chair in Psychiatry Imaging and Therapeutics at Emory University School of Medicine. Dr. Mayberg is a Board Certified Neurologist, trained at Columbia's Neurological Institute in New York, with fellowship training in nuclear medicine at Johns Hopkins. She received a BA in Psychobiology from UCLA and an MD from University of Southern California.

She is active in the Society for Neuroscience, The Organization for Human Brain Mapping, the American Neurological Association, the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Society of Biology Psychiatry where she is a past President. She additionally serves on a wide range of journal editorial and scientific advisory boards relevant to clinical and translational neuroscience. Among various honors, Dr. Mayberg is a member of the Institute of Medicine and is the recipient of the Falcone Prize in Mood Disorders Research from NARSAD, the Arnold Pfeffer Prize from the NY Psychoanalytic Institute, The Raymond Adams Award from the American Neurological Association and the Roche-Nature Medicine Senior Award for Translational Neuroscience.

Dr. Mayberg leads a multidisciplinary research program studying brain mechanisms mediating depression pathogenesis and antidepressant treatment response using neuroimaging and pioneered the development of deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant depression.

Current projects emphasize development of novel imaging biomarkers predictive of treatment response and optimal treatment selection for individual depressed patients at all stages of illness. Predictive biomarker studies are complemented by clinical testing, surgical refinement and multimodal mechanism studies of deep brain stimulation for treatment resistant patients.