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Heather Berlin

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  • NIMH Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mount Sinai School of Medicine

  • M.P.H., Harvard University

  • Ph.D., University of Oxford, Magdalen College


    Dr. Berlin conducts research to better understand the neural basis of impulsivity, compulsivity, and emotion with the goal of more targeted treatment. She employs neuroimaging and neuropsychological and psychopharmacological testing of brain lesion and compulsive, impulsive, and personality disorder patients.  She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness and dynamic unconscious processes. Dr. Berlin has conducted clinical research at hospitals in both the US and UK including Bellevue Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She is a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute, and was a Visiting Assistant Professor at Vassar College, and a Visiting Lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH)/University of Zurich, and at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


  • 2011 -
    Presentation Award
    Translational Molecular Imaging Institute Annual Symposium

  • 2010 -
    Clifford Yorke Prize
    International Neuropsychoanalysis Society

  • 2008 -
    Symposium Fellow and Travel Award
    Health Emotions Research Institute

  • 2008 -
    Phillip M. Rennick Award
    International Neuropsychological Society

  • 2007 -
    New York Academy of Sciences Fellowship

  • 2007 -
    CDI Travel Award
    American College of Psychopharmacology Annual Meeting

  • 2006 -
    Young Investigator Award
    American Neuropsychiatric Association

  • 2005 -
    Young Investigator Award
    National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

  • 2004 -
    Harvard University Fellowship

  • 2002 -
    Oppenheim Scholarship
    Magdalen College, Oxford

  • 2000 -
    British Council Overseas Research Scholarship


Berlin HA. The neural basis of the dynamic unconscious. Neuropsychoanalysis 2011; 13(1): 5-31.

Berlin HA, Braun A, Simeon D, Koran LM, Potenza MN, McElroy SL, Fong T, Pallanti S, Hollander E. A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of topiramate for pathological gambling. The world journal of biological psychiatry : the official journal of the World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry 2011 Apr;.

Goldstein KE, Hazlett EA, Savage KR, Berlin HA, Hamilton HK, Zelmanova Y, Look AE, Koenigsberg HW, Mitsis EM, Tang CY, McNamara M, Siever LJ, Cohen BH, New AS. Dorso- and ventro-lateral prefrontal volume and spatial working memory in schizotypal personality disorder. Behavioural brain research 2011 Apr; 218(2).

Berlin HA, Koran LM, Jenike MA, Shapira NA, Chaplin W, Pallanti S, Hollander E. Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of topiramate augmentation in treatment-resistant obsessive-compulsive disorder. The Journal of clinical psychiatry 2011 May; 72(5).

Altamura AC, Dell'Osso B, Berlin HA, Buoli M, Bassetti R, Mundo E. Duration of untreated illness and suicide in bipolar disorder: a naturalistic study. European archives of psychiatry and clinical neuroscience 2010 Aug; 260(5).

Fineberg NA, Potenza MN, Chamberlain SR, Berlin HA, Menzies L, Bechara A, Sahakian BJ, Robbins TW, Bullmore ET, Hollander E. Probing compulsive and impulsive behaviors, from animal models to endophenotypes: a narrative review. Neuropsychopharmacology : official publication of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology 2010 Feb; 35(3).

Dell'Osso B, Berlin HA, Serati M, Altamura AC. Neuropsychobiological aspects, comorbidity patterns and dimensional models in borderline personality disorder. Neuropsychobiology 2010; 61(4).

Dell'Osso B, Camuri G, Berlin HA, Serati M, Altamura AC. A dimensional approach to borderline personality disorder. Italian J of Psychopathology 2009; 15: 48-63.

Hollander E, Buchsbaum MS, Haznedar MM, Berenguer J, Berlin HA, Chaplin W, Goodman CR, LiCalzi EM, Newmark R, Pallanti S. FDG-PET study in pathological gamblers. 1. Lithium increases orbitofrontal, dorsolateral and cingulate metabolism. Neuropsychobiology 2008; 58(1).

Berlin HA, Hamilton H, Hollander E. Experimental therapeutics for refractory obsessive-compulsive disorder: translational approaches and new somatic developments. The Mount Sinai journal of medicine, New York; 75(3).

Berlin HA. Antiepileptic drugs for the treatment of impulsivity. Current Psychiatry Reviews 2008; 4(3): 114-136.

Berlin HA. Antiepileptic drugs for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Current psychiatry reports 2007 Aug; 9(4).

Berlin HA, Rolls ET, Iversen SD. Borderline personality disorder, impulsivity, and the orbitofrontal cortex. The American journal of psychiatry 2005 Dec; 162(12).

Berlin HA, Rolls ET, Kischka U. Impulsivity, time perception, emotion and reinforcement sensitivity in patients with orbitofrontal cortex lesions. Brain : a journal of neurology 2004 May; 127(Pt 5).

Berlin HA, Rolls ET. Time perception, impulsivity, emotionality, and personality in self-harming borderline personality disorder patients. Journal of personality disorders 2004 Aug; 18(4).

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Dr. Berlin did not report having any of the following types of financial relationships with industry during 2015 and/or 2016: consulting, scientific advisory board, industry-sponsored lectures, service on Board of Directors, participation on industry-sponsored committees, equity ownership valued at greater than 5% of a publicly traded company or any value in a privately held company. Please note that this information may differ from information posted on corporate sites due to timing or classification differences.

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