Suzanne Haber, PhD
Dr. Suzanne N. Haber, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Visiting Professor, Department of Psychiatry, Harvard medical School. Suzanne N. Haber is The Dean’s Professor in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology, with secondary appointments in the Departments of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, Neuroscience, and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester and Visiting Scientist at McLean Hospital. She received her Ph.D. in Neuroscience from Stanford University in 1978 and did her postdoctoral research in neuroanatomy at the University of Minnesota (Dr. Robert Elde) and at MIT (Dr. Walle Nauta). Dr. Haber’s research interests are in the neural networks that underlie incentive-based learning and decision-making with a focus on circuit dysfunction in mental health illnesses. Her work centers on the complex connections of the prefrontal cortex and basal ganglia. Recent studies focus on the organization of pathways and the ability to segment large white matter bundles based on their cortical origin. This work paves the way for identifying specific connections linked to white matter abnormalities in disease and how different locations of deep brain stimulation electrodes may involve different cortical fibers. These anatomic connectivity studies carried out in nonhuman primates, are linked to diffusion and resting state functional MRI to better understand circuit abnormalities that may underlie psychiatric illnesses and develop and guide invasive therapeutic targets. Dr. Haber has received several awards including a NIMH Merit Award, Distinguished Investigator Award (NARSAD), and the Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry. She is presently principal investigator of several grants from the NIMH, including a multi-institutional Conte Center: “Neurocircuitry of OCD: Effects of Modulation”. She serves on several, foundation boards including, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the Foundation for OCD Research.
There are no financial relationships to disclose.