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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


  • "A method for using blocked and event-related fMRI data to study "resting state" functional connectivity" NeuroImage March 2007
  • "Developmental sex differences in resting state functional connectivity of amygdala sub-regions" NeuroImage July 5 2015
  • "Defining functional areas in individual human brains using resting functional connectivity MRI" NeuroImage May 15 2008
  • "Fructose ingestion and cerebral, metabolic, and satiety responses" JAMA - Journal of the American Medical Association January 2 2013
  • "Functional brain networks develop from a "local to distributed" organization" PLoS Computational Biology May 2009
  • "Control networks in paediatric Tourette syndrome show immature and anomalous patterns of functional connectivity" Brain January 2009
  • "A comparison of analysis of variance and correlation methods for investigating cognitive development with functional magnetic resonance imaging" Developmental Neuropsychology  2006
  • "Commentary" Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines March 1 2015
  • "The autism brain imaging data exchange" Molecular Psychiatry  2014
  • "The ADHD-200 Consortium" Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience September 5 2012
  • "Inferring functional connectivity in MRI using Bayesian network structure learning with a modified PC algorithm" NeuroImage July 15 2013
  • "Unraveling the miswired connectome" Neuron  2014
  • "Toward discovery science of human brain function" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America March 9 2010
  • "Functional reorganization of the locomotor network in parkinson patients with freezing of gait" PLoS One June 17 2014
  • "The attenuation of dysfunctional emotional processing with stimulant medication" Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging September 30 2011
  • "Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder" Current Topics in Behavioral Neurosciences November 10 2013
  • "Subtyping attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder using temperament dimensions" JAMA Psychiatry September 1 2014
  • "Atypical default network connectivity in youth with attention-deficit/ hyperactivity disorder" Biological Psychiatry December 15 2010
  • "MR connectomics" Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience June 13 2012
  • "Large-scale topology and the default mode network in the mouse connectome" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America December 30 2014
  • "The maturing architecture of the brain's default network" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America March 25 2008
  • "Dietary omega-3 fatty acids modulate large-scale systems organization in the rhesus macaque brain" Journal of Neuroscience  2014
  • "Resting state functional connectivity of the nucleus accumbens in youth with a family history of alcoholism" Psychiatry Research - Neuroimaging March 30 2014
  • "Prediction of individual brain maturity using fMRI" Science September 10 2010
  • "Dietary intervention rescues maternal obesity induced behavior deficits and neuroinflammation in offspring" Journal of Neuroinflammation September 12 2014
  • "Research Review" Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry and Allied Disciplines April 1 2015
  • "Characterizing heterogeneity in children with and without ADHD based on reward system connectivity" Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience  2015
  • "Distinct brain networks for adaptive and stable task control in humans" Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America June 26 2007
  • "Distinct neural signatures detected for ADHD subtypes after controlling for micro- movements in resting state functional connectivity MRI data" Frontiers in Systems Neuroscience December 30 2012
  • "Sex differences in the neural substrates of spatial working memory during adolescence are not mediated by endogenous testosterone" Brain Research December 17 2014

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