Jason Smucny, PhD
I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Center for Neuroscience under the direction of Cameron Carter, MD. Broadly speaking, my research interest is developing treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders with the aid of modern neuroimaging techniques (such as functional magnetic resonance imaging, or fMRI). As a postdoc, my research has two main arcs. The first is to develop transcranial direct current stimulation of the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex in combination with fMRI as a technique to treat executive dysfunction in schizophrenia by targeting its underlying neurobiological processes. The second is to use neuroimaging to examine neuroinflammatory biomarkers in a non-human primate, perinatal infection model of schizophrenia risk. I also have many side interests, including the neuronal mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction across psychiatric disorders from schizophrenia to bipolar disorder to depression, intrinsic network dynamics and connectivity in mental illness, and predictive modeling of treatment outcomes in psychiatric disease.