Desmond J. Oathes, PhD

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Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Department: Psychiatry
Graduate Group Affiliations

Contact information
University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
Richards Biomedical Building D306
3700 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA 19104
BA (Psychology)
The California State University-Hayward, 1999.
MS (Psychology)
The Pennsylvania State University, 2002.
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
The Pennsylvania State University, 2006.
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Description of Research Expertise

Functional MRI, transcranial magnetic stimulation, clinical psychology, psychophysiology, cognitive neuroscience, affective disorders, depression, anxiety, TMS, PTSD, MDD, fMRI

Selected Publications

Oathes Desmond J, Patenaude Brian, Schatzberg Alan F, Etkin Amit: Neurobiological signatures of anxiety and depression in resting-state functional magnetic resonance imaging. Biological psychiatry 77(4): 385-93, Feb 2015.

Goodkind Madeleine, Eickhoff Simon B, Oathes Desmond J, Jiang Ying, Chang Andrew, Jones-Hagata Laura B, Ortega Brissa N, Zaiko Yevgeniya V, Roach Erika L, Korgaonkar Mayuresh S, Grieve Stuart M, Galatzer-Levy Isaac, Fox Peter T, Etkin Amit: Identification of a common neurobiological substrate for mental illness. JAMA psychiatry 72(4): 305-15, Apr 2015.

Oathes Desmond J, Hilt Lori M, Nitschke Jack B: Affective neural responses modulated by serotonin transporter genotype in clinical anxiety and depression. PloS one 10(2): e0115820, Feb 2015.

Chen Ashley C, Oathes Desmond J, Chang Catie, Bradley Travis, Zhou Zheng-Wei, Williams Leanne M, Glover Gary H, Deisseroth Karl, Etkin Amit: Causal interactions between fronto-parietal central executive and default-mode networks in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America 110(49): 19944-9, Dec 2013.

Grupe Daniel W, Oathes Desmond J, Nitschke Jack B: Dissecting the anticipation of aversion reveals dissociable neural networks. Cerebral cortex (New York, N.Y.: 1991) 23(8): 1874-83, Aug 2013.

Tromp Do P M, Grupe Daniel W, Oathes Desmond J, McFarlin Daniel R, Hernandez Patric J, Kral Tammi R A, Lee Jee Eun, Adams Marie, Alexander Andrew L, Nitschke Jack B: Reduced structural connectivity of a major frontolimbic pathway in generalized anxiety disorder. Archives of general psychiatry 69(9): 925-34, Sep 2012.

Oathes Desmond J, Squillante Christian M, Ray William J, Nitschke Jack B: The impact of worry on attention to threat. PloS one 5(10): e13411, Oct 2010.

Nitschke Jack B, Sarinopoulos Issidoros, Oathes Desmond J, Johnstone Tom, Whalen Paul J, Davidson Richard J, Kalin Ned H: Anticipatory activation in the amygdala and anterior cingulate in generalized anxiety disorder and prediction of treatment response. The American journal of psychiatry 166(3): 302-10, Mar 2009.

Oathes Desmond J, Bruce Jared M, Nitschke Jack B: Worry facilitates corticospinal motor response to transcranial magnetic stimulation. Depression and anxiety 25(11): 969-76, Nov 2008.

Oathes Desmond J, Ray William J: Depressed mood, index finger force and motor cortex stimulation: a transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) study. Biological psychology 72(3): 271-7, Jun 2006.

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