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Damien A. Fair P.A.-C., Ph.D.

  • (503) 418-0995
    • Associate Professor of Behavioral Neuroscience School of Medicine
    • Associate Professor of Psychiatry School of Medicine
    • Associate Scientist Advanced Imaging Research Center
    • Principal Investigator, Typical & Atypical Brain Development
    • Co-Principal Investigator, Longitudinal Imaging Study of ADHD in Brain Development
    • Behavioral Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Biomedical Informatics Graduate Program School of Medicine
    • Neuroscience Graduate Program School of Medicine

Summary of Current Research
My laboratory focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of this work uses functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity MRI to assess typical and atypical populations. A second focus has become testing the feasibility of using various functional and structural MRI techniques in translational studies of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism). We are exploring ways to better characterize individual patients with these psychopathologies to help guide future diagnostic, therapeutic and genetic studies.

Previous Positions
2008-2011 Postdoctoral Research Scientist, Psychiatry Dept, Oregon Health and Science University (Advisors: Joel Nigg, Bonnie Nagel)

2001-2003 Physician Assistant, Clinical Instructor, Yale University School of Medicine/Yale New Haven Hospital, Dept of Neurology

Areas of interest

  • Cognitive brain development
  • ADHD
  • Autism
  • Neuroimaging


  • B.A., Augustana College, Sioux Falls South Dakota 1998
  • Ph.D., Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, St. Louis Missouri 2008


  • "Subtyping cognitive profiles in Autism Spectrum Disorder using a Functional Random Forest algorithm." NeuroImage In: , Vol. 172, 15.05.2018, p. 674-688.
  • "Behavioral interventions for reducing head motion during MRI scans in children." NeuroImage In: , Vol. 171, 01.05.2018, p. 234-245.
  • "Diet matters : Glucocorticoid-related neuroadaptations associated with calorie intake in female rhesus monkeys." Psychoneuroendocrinology  In: , Vol. 91, 01.05.2018, p. 169-178.
  • "Maternal diet, metabolic state, and inflammatory response exert unique and long-lasting influences on offspring behavior in non-human primates." Frontiers in Endocrinology In: , Vol. 9, No. APR, 161, 23.04.2018.
  • "Adolescent gender differences in cognitive control performance and functional connectivity between default mode and fronto-parietal networks within a self-referential context." Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience In: , Vol. 12, 73, 23.04.2018.
  • "Delineating the Macroscale Areal Organization of the Macaque Cortex In Vivo." Cell Reports In: , Vol. 23, No. 2, 10.04.2018, p. 429-441.
  • "Maternal IL-6 during pregnancy can be estimated from newborn brain connectivity and predicts future working memory in offspring." Nature Neuroscience In: , 09.04.2018, p. 1-8.
  • "Combined effects of peer presence, social cues, and rewards on cognitive control in adolescents." Developmental Psychobiology  In: , Vol. 60, No. 3, 01.04.2018, p. 292-302.
  • "Notice of retraction and Replacement. Karalunas et al. Subtyping attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder using temperament dimensions : Toward biologically based nosologic criteria. JAMA P sychiatry. 2014; 71(9):1015-1024." JAMA Psychiatry In: , Vol. 75, No. 4, 01.04.2018, p. 408-409.
  • "Dysfunctional Limbic Circuitry Underlying Freezing of Gait in Parkinson's Disease." Neuroscience In: , Vol. 374, 15.03.2018, p. 119-132.
  • "Working Memory and Vigilance as Multivariate Endophenotypes Related to Common Genetic Risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry  In: , Vol. 57, No. 3, 01.03.2018, p. 175-182.
  • "Overlapping and Distinct Cognitive Impairments in Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity and Autism Spectrum Disorder without Intellectual Disability." Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology In: , 15.02.2018, p. 1-12.
  • "Maternal Interleukin-6 concentration during pregnancy is associated with variation in frontolimbic white matter and cognitive development in early life." NeuroImage  In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "Real-time motion analytics during brain MRI improve data quality and reduce costs." NeuroImage In: , Vol. 161, 01.11.2017, p. 80-93.
  • "Reduced fronto-amygdalar connectivity in adolescence is associated with increased depression symptoms over time." Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging In: , Vol. 266, 30.08.2017, p. 35-41.
  • "Network structure among brain systems in adult ADHD is uniquely modified by stimulant administration." Cerebral Cortex In: , Vol. 27, No. 8, 01.08.2017, p. 3970-3979.
  • "Intergenerational Transmission of Maternal Childhood Maltreatment Exposure : Implications for Fetal Brain Development." Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry In: , Vol. 56, No. 5, 01.05.2017, p. 373-382.
  • "At risk of being risky : The relationship between “brain age” under emotional states and risk preference." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience In: , Vol. 24, 01.04.2017, p. 93-106.
  • "Enhancing studies of the connectome in autism using the autism brain imaging data exchange II." Scientific Data In: , Vol. 4, 170010, 14.03.2017.
  • "Development of large-scale functional networks from birth to adulthood : A guide to the neuroimaging literature." NeuroImage In: , 2017.
  • "Maternal Systemic Interleukin-6 During Pregnancy Is Associated With Newborn Amygdala Phenotypes and Subsequent Behavior at 2 Years of Age." Biological Psychiatry  In: , 2017.
  • "A Monte Carlo evaluation of weighted community detection algorithms." Frontiers in Neuroinformatics In: , Vol. 10, No. NOV, 45, 10.11.2016.
  • "Isoflurane Anesthesia Has Long-term Consequences on Motor and Behavioral Development in Infant Rhesus Macaques." Anesthesiology In: , 05.10.2016.
  • "Does the urinary microbiome play a role in urgency urinary incontinence and its severity?" Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology  In: , Vol. 6, No. JUL, 78, 27.07.2016.
  • "The Rhesus Monkey Connectome Predicts Disrupted Functional Networks Resulting from Pharmacogenetic Inactivation of the Amygdala." Neuron In: , Vol. 91, No. 2, 20.07.2016, p. 453-466.
  • "Prenatal domoic acid exposure disrupts mouse pro-social behavior and functional connectivity MRI." Behavioural Brain Research In: , Vol. 308, 15.07.2016, p. 14-23.
  • "Variation in strategy use across measures of verbal working memory." Memory and Cognition In: , 01.04.2016, p. 1-15.
  • "When Is an Adolescent an Adult? Assessing Cognitive Control in Emotional and Nonemotional Contexts." Psychological Science In: , Vol. 27, No. 4, 2016, p. 549-562.
  • "Early life stress is associated with default system integrity and emotionality during infancy." Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines In: , Vol. 56, No. 11, 01.11.2015, p. 1212-1222.
  • "The migraine brain in transition : Girls vs boys." Pain  In: , Vol. 156, No. 11, 01.11.2015, p. 2212-2221.

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