Dr. Damien Fair selected as a fellow by the Association for Psychological Science

Congratulations to Dr. Damien Fair on his selection as a fellow by the Association for Psychological Science, recognizing his leadership in the field.

The Association for Psychological Science, based in Washington D.C., is considered the leading international organization dedicated to advancing scientific psychology across disciplinary and geographic borders to provide a richer understanding of the world through research, teaching and application of psychological science. View the association’s list of recent fellow appointments.

Dr. Fair, Ph.D., PA-C, associate professor of behavioral neuroscience and psychiatry, OHSU School of Medicine, is principal investigator of the Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging Lab.  The DCAN lab uses MRI (Magnetic Resonance Imaging) to examine typical and atypical brain development, with a focus on children with Autism Spectrum Disorder as well as children and adults with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder.

In January, OHSU received a $100,000 grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to extend research to identify early biomarkers of typical and atypical cognitive brain development in infants. Dr. Fair is leading the research.

In a recent study, published in Nature Neuroscience, Dr. Fair and colleagues established a link between inflammation in pregnant women and the way the newborn brain is organized into networks. The results provide promising avenues for exploring treatments for the potentially negative impacts of that inflammation, which is believed to heighten the risk of mental illness or brain development problems in children. Learn more.

“Dr. Fair is a brilliant and creative neuroscientist whose research has significantly advanced our understanding of brain development in children and adolescents,” said Dr. Bita Moghaddam, Ph.D., professor and chair of behavioral neuroscience. “His work is critical for advancing treatment approaches for such widespread and often very challenging conditions as ADHD and autism. I am delighted to see the association recognize his work and his stature in the field with this appointment.”

Photo caption: Dr. Fair is pictured with M.D., Ph.D. student Mollie Marr, in the Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging Lab on Marquam Hill.