About Me

I’m a Postdoctoral Scholar with Dr. Erika Forbes, University of Pittsburgh. I’m interested in the effects of poverty and life stress on the development of reward circuitry. 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 (i.e. reward reactivity and brain structure) 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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