Graduate Studies Faculty
Damien Fair, PA-C, Ph.D.
Neuroscience Graduate Program
Research Interests:MRI, development, human models, animal models
Preceptor RotationsAcademic Term Available Fall 2013 Yes Summer 2013 Yes Winter 2014 Yes Spring 2014 Yes Summer 2014 Yes Fall 2014 Yes
Faculty MentorshipDr. Fair is available as a mentor for 2012-2013. Dr. Fair is available as a mentor for 2013-2014. Dr. Fair is available as a mentor for 2014-2015.
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, in both human and animal models, of using various functional and structural MRI techniques in translational studies of developmental neuropsyciatric disorders (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism). We are exploring ways to better characterize patients with these psychopathologies to help guide future diagnostic, therapeutic and genetic studies.
Selected recent publications
Fair, D.A., Bathula, D., Nikolas, M., and Nigg, J.T. (2012) Distinct neuropsychological subgroups in typically developing youth inform heterogeneity in ADHD. Proc Nat Acad Sci.
Mills, K.L., Bathula, D., Costa Dias, T.G., Iyer, S.P., Fenesy, M.C., Musser, E.D., Stevens, C.A., Thurlow, B.L., Carpenter, S.D., Nagel, B.J., Nigg, J.T., Fair, D.A. (2012) Altered cortico-striatal-thalamic connectivity in relation to spatial working memory capacity in children with ADHD. Frontier in Psychiatry.
Stevens, A.A., Tappon, S.C., Garg, A., Fair, D.A. (2012) Functional brain network modularity captures inter- and intra-individual variation in working memory capacity. PLoS One.
Shannon, B.J., Raichle, M.E., Snyder, A.Z., Fair, D.A., Mills, K.L., Zhang, D., Bache, K., Calhoun, V.D., Nigg, J.T., Nagel, B.J., Stevens A.A., Kiehl, K.A. (2011) Premotor functional connectivity predicts impulsivity in juvenile offenders. Proc Nat Acad Sci. 108(27):11241-5.
Power, J.L., Fair, D.A., Schlaggar, B.L., Petersen, S.E. (2010). The Development of Human Functional Brain Networks. Neuron. 67(5):735-48.
Dosenbach, N.U.F., Nardos, B., Cohen, A.L., Fair, D.A., Power, J.D., Church, J.A., Nelson, S.M., Wig, G.S., Vogel, A.C., Lessov-Schlaggar, C.N., Barnes, K.A., Dubis, J.W., Feczko, E. , Coalson, R.S., Pruett, J.R., Barch, D.M., Petersen, S.E., Schlaggar, B.L. (2010) Prediction of individual brain maturity using fMRI. Science. 329(5997):1358-61.
Herting, M.M., Fair, D.A., Nagel, B.J. (2010). Altered fronto-cerebellar connectivity in alcohol-naive youth with a family history of alcoholism. Neuroimage. Epub ahead of print
Fair, D.A.,Posner, J., Nagel, B.J., Bathula, D., Costa Dias, T.G., Mills, K.L., Blythe, M.S., Giwa, A., Schmitt, C.F., Nigg, J.T. (2010). Atypical Default Network Connectivity in Youth with ADHD. Biol Psychiatry. Epub ahead of print
Fair, D.A., Bathula, D., Mills, K.L., Costa Dias, T.G., Blythe, M.S., Zhang ,D., Snyder, A.Z., Raichle, M.E., Stevens, A.A., Nigg, J.T., Nagel, B.J. (2010) Maturing thalamocortical functional connectivity across development. Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience. 18;4:10.
Fair, D.A.,Choi, A.H., Dosenbach, Y.B.L., Coalson, R.S., Miezin, F.M., Petersen, S.E., Schlaggar, B.L. (2009) The functional organization of trial-related activity in lexical processing after early left hemispheric brain lesions: An event-related fMRI study. Brain and Language. Epub ahead of print.
Fair, D.A.,Cohen, A.L., Powers, J.L., Dosenbach, N.U.F., Church, J.A., Miezin, F.M., Schlaggar, B.L., Petersen, S.E. (2009). Functional Brain Networks Develop from a "Local to Distributed" Organization. PLoS Comp Bio. 5(5): e10000381
2003-2008 Ph.D., Neuroscience, Washington University School of Medicine St. Louis, MO (Advisors: Bradley Schlaggar, Steven Petersen)
1999-2001 MMSc, Physician Associate Program, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT (Advisor: Lawrence Brass)
1994-1998 B.A., Biology (Maj) and Chemistry (Min), Augustana College, Sioux Falls, SD
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