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Ran Barzilay

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.
Post-Graduate Training
Medical Intern, Beilinson Hospital, Rabin Medical Center, Israel, 2011-2012.
Resident Physician in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Geha Mental Health Center, Israel, 2012-2017.
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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

Jones JD, Boyd RC, Calkins ME, Moore TM, Ahmed A, Barzilay R, Benton TD, Gur RE, Gur RC.: Association between family history of suicide attempt and neurocognitive functioning in community youth. J Child Psychol Psychiatry 62: 58-65, Jan 2021.

Warrier V, Kwong ASF, Luo M, Dalvie S, Croft J, Sallis HM, Baldwin J, Munafò MR, Nievergelt CM, Grant AJ, Burgess S, Moore TM, Barzilay R, McIntosh A, van IJzendoorn MH, Cecil CAM.: Gene-environment correlations and causal effects of childhood maltreatment on physical and mental health: a genetically informed approach. Lancet Psychiatry ancet Psychiatry, 2021.

Schwartz-Lifshitz M, Ben-Dor DH, Bustan Y, Zalsman G, Gothelf D, Weizman A, Barzilay R.: Phenotypic Characterization of Youth Admitted To Acute Psychiatric Inpatient Unit Following Self-Harm Behavior. Arch Suicide Res rch Suicide Res, 2021.

Waller R, Powell T, Rodriguez Y, Corbett N, Perlstein S, White LK, Barzilay R, Wagner NJ.: The Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Children's Conduct Problems and Callous-Unemotional Traits. Child Psychiatry Hum Dev hild Psychiatry Hum Dev, 2021.

Gur RE, White LK, Waller R, Barzilay R, Moore TM, Kornfield S, Njoroge WFM, Duncan AF, Chaiyachati BH, Parish-Morris J, Maayan L, Himes MM, Laney N, Simonette K, Riis V, Elovitz MA.: The Disproportionate Burden of the COVID-19 Pandemic Among Pregnant Black Women. Psychiatry Res 293: 113475, Nov 2020.

Tsivion-Visbord H, Kopel E, Feiglin A, Sofer T, Barzilay R, Ben-Zur T, Yaron O, Offen D, Levanon EY.: Increased RNA editing in maternal immune activation model of neurodevelopmental disease. Nat Commun 11: 5236, Oct 2020.

Barzilay R, White LK, Moore TM, Calkins ME, Taylor JH, Patrick A, Huque ZM, Young JF, Ruparel K, Pine DS, Gur RC, Gur RE.: Association of anxiety phenotypes with risk of depression and suicidal ideation in community youth. Depress Anxiety 37: 851-861, Sep 2020.

Birnbaum R, Barzilay R, Brusilov M, Wolman I, Malinger G.: The early pattern of human corpus callosum development: A transvaginal 3D neurosonographic study. Prenat Diagn 40: 1239-1245, Sep 2020.

Barzilay R, Moore TM, Greenberg DM, DiDomenico GE, Brown LA, White LK, Gur RC, Gur RE.: Resilience, COVID-19-related stress, anxiety and depression during the pandemic in a large population enriched for healthcare providers. Transl Psychiatry 10: 291, Aug 2020.

Barzilay R, Lawrence GM, Berliner A, Gur RE, Leventer-Roberts M, Weizman A, Feldman B.: Association between prenatal exposure to a 1-month period of repeated rocket attacks and neuropsychiatric outcomes up through age 9: a retrospective cohort study. Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 29: 1135-1142, Aug 2020.

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