About

I am a Neuroscientist and Postdoc at the University of Pittsburgh. My primary interest is in understanding how neurodevelopment mediates the effects of stress and genetics on the emergence of psychopathology. My research also includes work identifying replicable and reliable neural correlates of psychopathology, as well as work studying factors that influence the measurement of common neuroimaging metrics.

As a postdoc I work with Dr. Anna Manelis and Dr. Erika Forbes. This work has focused on studying the reliability of neuroimaging measures of reward, identifying novel structural (cortical myelin) correlates of depression, and studying the association of depression with the neurodevelopment of reward function.

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 playing with my kitten, rock climbing, backpacking, and at indie/electronic shows.

Email: dbaranger@pitt.edu

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