Justin T Baker, MD PhD

Scientific Director of the Institute for Technology in Psychiatry, McLean Hospital

Justin Baker is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and Founding Scientific Director of the McLean Hospital Institute for Technology in Psychiatry. Dr. Baker joined the faculty of McLean in 2011, as Director of Functional Neuroimaging and Bioinformatics in the Schizophrenia and Bipolar Disorder Program, where his research employs a combination of large-scale and longitudinal neuroimaging, digital phenotyping using smartphones and wearable devices, and computational assessment of dyadic (e.g., patient-doctor) interactions to study and quantify the relationships between self-reported measures of psychotic illness (i.e. symptoms), observable behavior (i.e. signs), and changes in relevant neurobiological circuits. Dr. Baker received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University and his doctoral degrees from Washington University in St. Louis, where he focused on the primate oculomotor system as a model for cross-species comparison of basic brain network organization. While completing his training in adult psychiatry, Dr. Baker developed a high-throughput multimodal neuroimaging protocol tailored to individuals with severe mental illness, which he has applied across several neuropsychiatric conditions including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, and post-traumatic conditions. The goal of this work is to gain an increasingly granular understanding of the biological and environmental factors that influence illness risk and recovery through multimodal, data-driven approaches across a range of psychopathology.

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