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Director

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Daniel Mamah, MD, MPE

Dr. Mamah is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis and the Director of Washington Early Recognition Center (WERC). He graduated from Semmelweis Medical School in Budapest Hungary, and completed his psychiatry residency at Washington University. He did an NIMH research fellowship in psychiatric epidemiology and biostatistics at Washington University, where he obtained the degree of Master of Psychiatric Epidemiology (MPE). In addition to research, Dr. Mamah sees patients at three university-affiliated clinics.

Dr. Mamah was the founding president of the Missouri Psychiatric Association, and a past president of the Eastern Missouri Psychiatric Society. He has previously served on the Board of Trustees of the American Psychiatric Association, and on the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders – Fifth Edition (DSM-5) Task Force. Dr. Mamah is a recipient of multiple grants from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and the Biobehavioral Award for Innovative New Scientists (BRAINS) from the NIMH.

Faculty & Staff

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April Foster, MSW

Clinical Research Coordinator

April graduated from Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville in 1999 with a BS in social work and received her MSW from Southern Illinois University in 2009. April worked in juvenile justice for 10 years before moving into behavioral research. She has spent the past 8 years working as a research coordinator within Washington University’s School of Social Work and Department of Psychiatry with studies focusing on trauma and PTSD, perinatal mood and anxiety disorders, and bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She is the primary research coordinator working with Dr. Mamah at WERC and is the point of contact for those interested in learning more.

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Akinkunle Owoso, MD

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Washington University

Dr. Owoso received his medical degree from the University of Oklahoma in 2007 and completed his Psychiatry residency at Washington University in St. Louis/Barnes-Jewish Hospital in 2011. He later completed a three year NIMH Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship during which time he studied cognition in individuals with schizophrenia as well as young populations at increased risk for psychotic disorders—research interests that are ongoing.

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Reza Hamidian, MD

Staff Scientist

Dr. Hamidian graduated from Azad University, Tehran Medical School (Iran) in 2001, and later completed a 2-year research fellowship to design and conduct epidemiological studies at Tehran University of Medical Sciences. He has worked as both a staff scientist and a research advisor at Tehran University of Medical Sciences for 11 years. Dr. Hamidian also assisted with psychiatric clinical trials at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) in Toronto, Canada from 2015 to 2017, before joining WERC in 2017 to work on brain modeling, denosining strategies and various computational analyses of brain imaging data.

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Richard Nagel

MRI Technologist

Rich graduated from Barnes School of Radiology Technology and began working in diagnostic radiology at Barnes Hospital in 1994. Rich then moved into research at Washington University School of Medicicne in 1999. He currently works for the Department of Psychiatry and Department of Radiology and helps several other departments. Rich is responsible for conducting MRI scans for WERC participants

Collaborators & Consultants

Arpana Agrawal, PhD

Department of Psychiatry
Washington University, St. Louis

Deanna M. Barch, PhD

Departments of Psychology, Psychiatry and Anatomy & Neurobiology
Washington University, St. Louis

Li-Shiun Chen, MD, MPH, ScD

Department of Psychiatry
Washington University, St. Louis

Maurizio Corbetta, MD

Department of Neurology
Washington University, St. Louis

Linda B. Cottler, PhD.

Department of Epidemiology
University of Florida, Gainesville

John G. Csernansky, MD

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Northwestern University, Chicago

Alex Fornito, PhD

Monash Clinical and Imaging Neuroscience
Monash University, Australia

Ruben Gur, PhD

Department of Psychiatry
University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Michael P. Harms, PhD

Department of Pyschiatry
Washington University, St. Louis

Steven Hyman, MD

Department of Psychiatry, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research
Broad Institute of Harvard and MIT

Stefan Jansen, PhD.

Department of Psychology, Department of Mental Health
University of Rwanda, Kigali

David M. Ndetei, MD, PhD, Dsc.

Africa Mental Health Foundation
Nairobi, Kenya

Steven E. Petersen, PhD

Departments of Neurology, Psychology and Anatomy & Neurobiology
Washington University, St. Louis

Marcus Raichle, MD

Departments of Radiology, Neurology and Anatomy & Neurobiology
Washington University, St. Louis

Norman Sartorius, MD

Association for the Improvement of Mental Health Programmes
Geneva, Switzerland

Bradley L. Schlaggar, MD, PhD

Department of Neurology
Washington University, St. Louis

William Shannon, PhD, MBA

Department of Biostatistics
Washington University, St. Louis

Joshua S. Shimony, MD, PhD

Department of Radiology
Washington University, St. Louis

Edward Spitznagel, PhD.

Department of Mathematics
Washington University, St. Louis

Olaf Sporns, PhD.

Department of Psychological & Brain Sciences
University of Indiana, Bloomington

Catherine W. Striley, PhD

Department of Epidemiology
University of Florida, Gainesville

Sophia Vinogradov, MD

Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco

Elaine F. Walker, PhD.

Department of Psychology
University of Emory, Atlanta

Lei Wang, PhD

Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience
Northwestern University, Chicago

Dmitriy Yablonskiy, PhD

Department of Radiology
Washington University, St. Louis

Igor Zwir, PhD.

Department of Psychiatry
Washington University, St. Louis