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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


  • "Maternal Cortisol Concentrations During Pregnancy and Sex-Specific Associations With Neonatal Amygdala Connectivity and Emerging Internalizing Behaviors." Biological Psychiatry  In: , Vol. 85, No. 2, 15.01.2019, p. 172-181.
  • "The Big Reveal : Precision Mapping Shines a Gigantic Floodlight on the Cerebellum." Neuron  In: , Vol. 100, No. 4, 21.11.2018, p. 773-776.
  • "Individual differences in functional brain connectivity predict temporal discounting preference in the transition to adolescence." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience  In: , Vol. 34, 01.11.2018, p. 101-113.
  • "An Open Resource for Non-human Primate Imaging." Neuron  In: , Vol. 100, No. 1, 10.10.2018, p. 61-74.e2.
  • "The Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) study : Imaging acquisition across 21 sites." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience  In: , Vol. 32, 01.08.2018, p. 43-54.
  • "Correlated gene expression and anatomical communication support synchronized brain activity in the mouse functional connectome." Journal of Neuroscience  In: , Vol. 38, No. 25, 20.06.2018, p. 5774-5787.
  • "Mapping cortical brain asymmetry in 17,141 healthy individuals worldwide via the ENIGMA consortium." Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America  In: , Vol. 115, No. 22, 29.05.2018, p. E5154-E5163.
  • "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.
  • "Postnatal Zika virus infection is associated with persistent abnormalities in brain structure, function, and behavior in infant macaques." Science Translational Medicine  In: , Vol. 10, No. 435, eaao6975, 04.04.2018.
  • "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.
  • "Cortical and subcortical brain morphometry differences between patients with autism spectrum disorder and healthy individuals across the lifespan : Results from the ENIGMA ASD working group." American Journal of Psychiatry  In: , Vol. 175, No. 4, 01.04.2018, p. 359-369.
  • "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.
  • "Community profiling of the urinary microbiota : considerations for low-biomass samples." Nature Reviews Urology  In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "Do We Need an Irritable Subtype of ADHD? Replication and Extension of a Promising Temperament Profile Approach to ADHD Subtyping." Psychological Assessment  In: , 01.01.2018.
  • "Newborn amygdala connectivity and early emerging fear." Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience  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.

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