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Michael Harms, PhD

Current Position
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry

University Roles

Education and Training
PhD: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts
BS: Rice University, Houston, Texas

Areas of Research Interests
Advanced structural, functional, and diffusion MR acqusitions and analyses to study brain networks in healthy individuals and those with psychiatric conditions; Endophenotypes (biological markers) of schizophrenia, psychosis, and early onset (pediatric) depression; Quality control of MR data, including rigorous multi-site studies; Temporal dynamics of the fMRI response

Key Publications
Harms MP, Akhter KD, Csernansky JG, Mori S, Barch DM (2015 Jan 30). Fractional anisotropy in individuals with schizophrenia and their nonpsychotic siblings. Psychiatry Res. 231(1): 87-91.  Full Article ->

Harms MP, Wang L, Csernansky JG, Barch DM (2013 Jan). Structure-function relationship of working memory activity with hippocampal and prefrontal cortex volumes. Brain Struct Funct. 218(1): 173-86.  Full Article ->

Marcus DS, Harms MP, Snyder AZ, Jenkinson M, Wilson JA, Glasser MF, Barch DM, Archie KA, Burgess GC, Ramaratnam M, Hodge M, Horton W, Herrick R, Olsen T, McKay M, House M, Hileman M, Reid E, Harwell J, Coalson T, Schindler J, Elam JS, Curtiss SW, Van Essen DC, for the WU-Minn HCP Consortium (2013 May 24). Human Connectome Project informatics: Quality control, database services, and data visualization. Neuroimage.   Full Article ->

Barch DM, Burgess GC, Harms MP, Petersen SE, Schlaggar BL, Corbetta M, Glasser MF, Curtiss S, Dixit S, Feldt C, Nolan D, Bryant E, Hartley T, Footer O, Bjork JM, Poldrack R, Smith S, Johansen-Berg H, Snyder AZ, Van Essen DC, for the WU-Minn HCP Consortium (2013 May 16). Function in the human connectome: Task-fMRI and individual differences in behavior. Neuroimage.   Full Article ->

Harms MP, Wang L, Campanella C, Aldridge K, Moffitt AJ, Kuelper J, Ratnanather JT, Miller MI, Barch DM, Csernansky JG (2010 Feb). Structural abnormalities in gyri of the prefrontal cortex in individuals with schizophrenia and their unaffected siblings. Br J Psychiatry. 196(2): 150-7.  Full Article ->

Harms MP, Wang L, Mamah D, Barch DM, Thompson PA, Csernansky JG (2007 Dec 12). Thalamic shape abnormalities in individuals with schizophrenia and their nonpsychotic siblings. J Neurosci. 27(50): 13835-42.  Full Article ->

Funded Research Projects
NICHD(Key Personnel):Genetics, the Adolescent Brain, and Addiction Liability: A Longitudinal Twin Study
NIMH(Key Personnel):Neuroimaging in Early Onset Depression: Longitudinal Assessment of Brain Changes
NIMH(Significant Contributor):Connectomics in Psychiatric Classification
NIDA(Key Personnel):3/13 ABCD-USA Consortium: Twin Research Project
NIMH(Key Personnel):Connectome Coordination Facility
NIMH(Key Personnel):Mapping the Human Connectome: Structure, Function, and Heritability