Ran Barzilay, MD, PhD

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Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist Research Scientist, Lifespan Brain Institute, Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Department: Psychiatry

Contact information
10th Floor, Gates Building
Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania
3400 Spruce St.
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Office: 215-662-7559
Fax: 215-662-7903
BSc (Preclinical M.D. Studies)
Tel Aviv University, 2004.
PhD (Neuroscience)
Tel Aviv University, 2008.
Tel Aviv University, 2011.
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Description of Clinical Expertise

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Description of Research Expertise

In BarziLab, we are interested in what drives variability in the development of brain and behavior in children and adolescents who develop under stress. We are especially interested in understanding mechanisms of risk and resilience leading to youth suicidal behavior. Using large datasets of youth who have been genotyped and deeply phenotyped, we study how a myriad of environmental exposures (such as trauma and poverty) dynamically interact amongst themselves (i.e., within the exposome), as well as with biological factors (genetic, epigenetic, immune) to drive suicidal behavior. We are committed to conduct impactful translational science that will help reduce teen suicide.

Selected Publications

Njoroge WFM, White LK, Waller R, Forkpa M, Himes MM, Morgan K, Seidlitz J, Chaiyachati BH, Barzilay R, Kornfield SL, Parish-Morris J, Rodriguez Y, Riis V, Burris HH, Elovitz MA, Gur RE.: Association of COVID-19 and Endemic Systemic Racism With Postpartum Anxiety and Depression Among Black Birthing Individuals. JAMA Psychiatry 79: 600-609, Jun 2022.

Alexander-Bloch A, Huguet G, Schultz LM, Huffnagle N, Jacquemont S, Seidlitz J, Saci Z, Moore TM, Bethlehem RAI, Mollon J, Knowles EK, Raznahan A, Merikangas A, Chaiyachati BH, Raman H, Schmitt JE, Barzilay R, Calkins ME, Shinohara RT, Satterthwaite TD, Gur RC, Glahn DC, Almasy L, Gur RE, Hakonarson H, Glessner J.: Copy Number Variant Risk Scores Associated With Cognition, Psychopathology, and Brain Structure in Youths in the Philadelphia Neurodevelopmental Cohort. JAMA Psychiatry May 2022.

Shoval G, Chiu JC, Taylor JH, Barzilay R.: Making Evidence-Based Knowledge Accessible to Parents to Promote Child Mental Health Care. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry Mar 2022.

Murtha K, Larsen B, Pines A, Parkes L, Moore TM, Adebimpe A, Bertolero M, Alexander-Bloch A, Calkins ME, Davila DG, Lindquist MA, Mackey AP, Roalf DR, Scott JC, Wolf DH, Gur RC, Gur RE, Barzilay R, Satterthwaite TD.: Associations between neighborhood socioeconomic status, parental education, and executive system activation in youth. Cereb Cortex Mar 2022.

Brown LA, Hamlett GE, Zhu Y, Wiley JF, Moore TM, DiDomenico GE, Visoki E, Greenberg DM, Gur RC, Gur RE, Barzilay R.: Worry about COVID-19 as a predictor of future insomnia. J Sleep Res Feb 2022.

Schultz LM, Merikangas AK, Ruparel K, Jacquemont S, Glahn DC, Gur RE, Barzilay R, Almasy L.: Stability of polygenic scores across discovery genome-wide association studies. HGG Adv 3: 100091, Jan 2022.

White LK, Barzilay R, Moore TM, Calkins ME, Jones JD, Himes MM, Young JF, Gur RC, Gur RE.: Risk and Resilience Measures Related to Psychopathology in Youth. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev Jan 2022.

Argabright ST, Visoki E, Moore TM, Ryan DT, DiDomenico GE, Njoroge WFM, Taylor JH, Guloksuz S, Gur RC, Gur RE, Benton TD, Barzilay R.: Association Between Discrimination Stress and Suicidality in Preadolescent Children. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2022.

Taylor SC, Smernoff ZL, Rajan M, Steeman S, Gehringer BN, Dow HC, Barzilay R, Rader DJ, Bucan M, Almasy L, Brodkin ES.: Investigating the relationships between resilience, autism-related quantitative traits, and mental health outcomes among adults during the COVID-19 pandemic. J Psychiatr Res 2022.

Argabright ST, Moore TM, Visoki E, DiDomenico GE, Taylor JH, Barzilay R.: Association between racial/ethnic discrimination and pubertal development in early adolescence. Psychoneuroendocrinology 2022.

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