Course Title: Session B: Connectomics and Cognition: A Tale of Many Regions

Credit Hours: 1.0

Instructor(s) Deanna M. Barch, Ph.D.

Connectomics and Cognition: 
A Tale of Many Regions

Abstract & Learning Objectives

A growing body of research clearly indicates that both functional and structural connectivity within and between core brain systems is a critical determinant of cognitive function in both health and disease.  This talk will first overview the current state of the art in terms of tools and methods for assessing human brain connectivity.  Second, this talk will illustrate the current state of our knowledge of core human brain networks as derived from either or both structural or functional connectivity methods.  Third, the talk will illustrate the ways in which variation in brain connectivity relates to variation in specific cognitive functions in healthy individuals, as well as how impairments in functional brain connectivity relate to impaired cognitive function associated with either or both neurological and psychiatric disorders.

Deanna M. Barch, PhD

Deanna M. Barch, PhD

Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry
Department of Psychology, Psychiatry, and Radiology
Washington University
Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience
Director, Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Illness

As a result of attending this lecture, the learner will achieve the following objectives:
(1) describe tools and methods for examining human brain connectivity;
(2) discuss current knowledge of core human brain networks;
(3) describe what is known about how variation in human brain connectivity relates to cognitive function in health and disease

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Speaker Biography

Deanna M. Barch, Ph.D. is the Chair of the Department of Psychology and the Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychology, Psychiatry and Radiology at Washington University in Saint Louis, MO. After receiving her undergraduate degree from Northwestern University, Dr. Barch completed graduate school at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana and an NIMH sponsored postdoctoral fellowship at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic at the University of Pittsburgh Medical School. Dr. Barch is the Editor of Cognitive, Affective and Behavioral Neuroscience, and is on the Editorial Boards of Schizophrenia Bulletin, Current Directions in Psychological Science, Journal of Abnormal Psychology, and Clinical Psychological Science. Dr. Barch is Past President of the Society for Research in Psychopathology, was on the DSM-V Psychosis Committee, is on the Steering committee for the NIMH Research Domain Criteria initiative, and is a member of the NIMH Scientific Council. Dr. Barch’s research program is focused on understanding the developmental interplay among cognition, emotion, and brain function to better understand, prevent and treat the deficits in behavior and cognition found in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression. Dr. Barch’s research has been funded by the NIMH, NARSAD, NSF, the Dana Foundation and the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience. Dr. Barch is the recipient of several awards, including the American Psychological Association’s Distinguished Scientific Award for Early Career Contribution to Psychology in the area of Psychopathology, and the Joseph Zubin Memorial Fund Award. She is a Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science and a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology.