About

I’m a Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Pittsburgh, where I currently work with Dr. Anna Manelis and was previously a postdoc with Dr. Erika Forbes. I’m interested in neurodevelopment as a mechanism that may influence the emergence of psychopathology, and in understanding how risk factors like trauma and genetic risk affect neurodevelopment. My work has so far focused on brain structure and reward processing, with an emphasis on better understanding the etiology of substance use and depression. I completed my PhD in Neuroscience at Washington University in St Louis, where I worked with Dr. Ryan Bogdan and Dr. Deanna Barch. My dissertation was on the use of neural biomarkers to disentangle the causes and downstream consequences of alcohol use.

Outside of work you can find me rock climbing, backpacking, and at indie/electronic shows.

Email: dbaranger@pitt.edu

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