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
Graduate Group Affiliations

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

Zandberg, J., Waller, R., Barzilay, R.: Concerns About Data in Study Reporting an Association Between Abortion Restrictions and Suicide-Reply. JAMA Psychiatry 80(8): 855-856, Aug 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2023.1409.

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 54(4): 961-972, August 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s10578-021-01296-2. Epub 2022 Jan 17.

Gordon JH, Tran KT, Visoki E, Argabright ST, DiDomenico GE, Saiegh E, Hoffman KW, Erez G, Barzilay R.: The Role of Individual Discrimination and Structural Stigma in the Mental Health of Sexual Minority Youth. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry Jul 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.jaac.2023.05.033. Epub ahead of print.

Ruan-Iu, L., Rivers, A.S., Barzilay, R., Moore, T.M., Tien, A., Diamond, G.: Identifying Youth at Risk for Suicidal Thoughts and Behaviors Using the "p" factor in Primary Care: An Exploratory Study. Arch Suicide Res 27(3): 1047-1062, Jul-Sep 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1080/13811118.2022.2106925. Epub 2022 Aug 4.

Smith, W.R., Appelbaum, P.S., Lebowitz, M.S., Gülöksüz, S., Calkins, M.E., Kohler, C.G., Gur, R.E., Barzilay, R.: The Ethics of Risk Prediction for Psychosis and Suicide Attempt in Youth Mental Health. Journal of Pediatrics 263: 113583, June 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1016/j.jpeds.2023.113583. Epub ahead of print.

White LK, Kornfield SL, Himes MM, Forkpa M, Waller R, Njoroge WFM, Barzilay R, Chaiyachati BH, Burris HH, Duncan AF, Seidlitz J, Parish-Morris J, Elovitz MA, Gur RE.: The impact of postpartum social support on postpartum mental health outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic. Archives of Womens Mental Health. 26(4): 531-541, June 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1007/s00737-023-01330-3. Epub 2023 Jun 3.

Keller AS, Mackey AP, Pines A, Fair D, Feczko E, Hoffmann MS, Salum GA, Barzilay R, Satterthwaite TD.: Caregiver monitoring, but not caregiver warmth, is associated with general cognition in two large sub-samples of youth. Dev Sci 26(3): e13337, May 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1111/desc.13337. Epub 2022 Nov 11.

White, L.K., Himes, M.M., Waller, R., Njoroge, W.F.M., Chaiyachati, B.H., Barzilay, R., Kornfield, S.L., Burris, H.H., Seidlitz, J., Parish-Morris, J., Brady, R.G., Gerstein, E.D., Laney, N., Gur, R.E., Duncan, A.: The Influence of Pandemic-Related Worries During Pregnancy on Child Development at 12 Months. Research Square March 2023 Notes: Preprint, doi: 10.21203/rs.3.rs-2682358/v1.

Brown, L.A., Zhu, Y., Hamlett, G.E., Moore, T.M., DiDomenico, G.E., Visoki, E., Greenberg, D.M, Gur, R.C., Gur, R.E., Barzilay, R.: COVID-19 Worries and Insomnia: A Follow-Up Study. Int J Environ Res Public Health 20(5): 4568, March 2023 Notes: doi: 10.3390/ijerph20054568.

Wong, T.Y., Moore, T.M., Seidlitz, J., Yuen, K.S.L., Ruparel, K., Barzilay, R., Calkins, M.E., Alexander-Bloch, A.F., Satterthwaite, T.D., Gur, R.E., Gur, R.C.: Traumatic stress load and stressor reactivity score associated with accelerated gray matter maturation in youths indexed by normative models. Molecular Psychiatry 28(3): 1137-1145, March 2023 Notes: doi: 10.1038/s41380-022-01908-w. Epub 2022 Dec 27.

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