Deanna Barch

Gregory B. Couch Professor of Psychiatry
Chair, Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences

Additional Titles & Roles


  • Co-Director of the Cognitive Control and Psychopathology Laboratory
  • Director of Conte Center for the Neuroscience of Mental Disorders

Education & Training


  • PhD: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 1993
  • MA: University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Illinois, 1991
  • BA: Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1987

Major Awards


  • Arthur Holly Compton Faculty Achievement Award, 2016
  • Association of Women In Neuroscience Mentor Award, 2016
  • Special Recognition, Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate Student Senate, Washington University, 2010
  • Distinguished Faculty Award, Washington University, 2010
  • Special Recognition, Outstanding Faculty Mentor Award, Graduate Student Senate, Washington University, 2004
  • Artsci Council Faculty Award, Washington University, 2003

Research Interests


Dr. Barch’s current research is focused on understanding the interplay among cognition, emotion, and brain function to better understand the deficits in behavior and cognition found in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression. In particular, Dr. Barch is interested in determining the cognitive, emotional and neural bases of risk for the development of schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse, potentially as a means of developing better preventative approaches. She uses functional MRI, structural MRI, and cognitive neuroscience methods to examine neural basis of disturbances in cognitive control and emotional processing in individuals with schizophrenia and depression, and those at risk for the development of schizophrenia, depression and substance abuse.

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Key Publications


Funded Research Projects


NIMH (MPI):Neuroimaging in Early Onset Depression: Longitudinal Assessment of Brain Changes
NIDA (MPI):3/13 ABCD-USA Consortium: Twin Research Project
NIA (Co-I):Mapping the Human Connectome During Typical Aging
NIMH (Co-I):Connectome Coordination Facility
NIMH (MPI):Mapping the Human Connectome During Typical Development
NIMH (Co-I):Early Life Adversity, Biological Embedding, & Risk for Developmental Precursors of Mental Disorders
NIMH (MPI):Developmental Neuroscience and Child Psychopathology
NIMH (PI): Effort-based Decision Making and Motivated Behavior in Everyday Life
NIMH (MPI): The Developmental Psychopathology of Suicidal Ideations and Cognitions in Childhood