Mary L Phillips, MD

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry, Clinical and Translational Science, and Bioengineering, and Pittsburgh Foundation-Emmerling Endowed Chair in Psychotic Disorders

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.
Jill Morris-Tillman

Education & Training

Cambridge University
Psychiatry, Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals Psychiatry Training

Current Appointments

Director, Mood and Brain Laboratory, and Clinical Affective and Translational Neuroscience Program
Director, Collaborative on Mood Disorders Research

Professional Affiliations

President, Society of Biological Psychiatry
Council Member, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
Member, American Psychiatric Association
Council Member, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Member, Society of Biological Psychiatry Women's Task Force

Selected Honors & Awards

Method to Extend Research in Time (MERIT) Award, National Institute of Mental Health
Highly Cited Researchers 2018 List, Clarivate Analytics
Chancellor's Distinguished Research Award, University of Pittsburgh
Colvin Prize for Bipolar Mood Disorder Research, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation
Joel Elkes Research Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
Elected Member, American Society of Clinical Investigation

Research Interests

Neuroimaging in mood disorders & OCD; Neuromodulation in mood disorders; Infant affective neural circuitry
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Chase HW, Fournier JC, Bertocci M, Greenberg T, Aslam H, Stiffler R, Lockovich J, Graur S, Bebko G, Forbes EE, Phillips ML (2017). A pathway linking reward circuitry, impulsive sensation seeking and risky decision making in young adults: identifying neural markers for new interventions. Translational Psychiatry 7: e1096. doi: 10.1038/tp.2017.60 [PMID: 28418404] PMCID in process
  2. Bertocci MA, Bebko G, Versace A, Fournier J, Iyengar S, Olino T, Bonar L, Almeida JR, Perlman SB, Schirda C, Travis M, Gill MK, Diwadkar VA, Forbes E, Sunshine JL, Holland SK, Kowatch RA, Birmaher B, Axelson D, Horwitz SM, Frazier TW, Arnold LE, Fristad MA, Youngstrom EA, Findling RL, Phillips ML (2016). Predicting clinical outcome from reward circuitry function and white matter structure in youth. Molecular Psychiatry. doi: 10.1038/mp.2016.5. [Epub ahead of print] [PMCID: PMC4993633]
  3. Versace A, Acuff H, Bertocci M, Bebko G, Almeida JCR, Perlman S, Leemans A, Schirda C, Aslam H, Dwojak A, Bonar L, Travis MJ, Gill MK, Demeter C, Diwadkar V, Sunshine J, Holland S, Kowatch R, Birmaher B, Axelson D, Horwitz S, Frazier T, Arnold LE, Fristad M, Youngstrom E, Findling R, Phillips ML. (2015). White Matter Structure in Youth with Behavioral and Emotional Dysregulation Disorders: A Probabilistic Tractographic Study. JAMA Psychiatry 72(2):367-76. doi: 10.1001/jamapsychiatry.2014.2170. [PMCID: PMC4415624].
  4. Phillips ML, Swartz HA (2014). A critical appraisal of neuroimaging studies of bipolar disorder: toward a new conceptualization of underlying neural circuitry and roadmap for future research. American Journal of Psychiatry 171:829-843. doi:10.1176/appi.ajp.2014.13081008 [PMCID: PMC4119497]
  5. Phillips ML, Kupfer DJ (2013). Bipolar Disorder Diagnosis: Challenges and Future Directions. The Lancet 381:1683-71. [PMID 23663952]

Education Interests

Research mentoring