Deanna Barch

Deanna Barch

Chair and Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
Professor of Radiology​
Gregory B Couch Professor of Psychiatry
PhD, University of Illinois
MA, University of Illinois
BA, Northwestern University
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  • Washington University
    CB 1125
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
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Professor Barch studies cognitive and language deficits in disorders such as schizophrenia, and the neurobiological mechanisms that contribute to such deficits. Her research includes behavioral, pharmacological, and neuroimaging studies with normal and clinical populations.

Barch's current research is focused on understanding the interplay among cognition, emotion, and brain function to better understand the deficits in behavior and cognition found in illnesses such as schizophrenia and depression.  In particular, Barch is interested in determining the cognitive, emotional and neural bases of risk for the development of schizophrenia and depression, potentially as a means of developing better preventative approaches. She uses functional MRI, structural MRI, and cognitive neuroscience methods to examine neural basis of disturbances in cognitive control and emotional processing in individuals with schizophrenia and those at risk for the development of schizophrenia, as well as in individuals with mood disorders. Further, her work includes a focus on the ways in which early adversity (e.g., poverty, stress, and disparities in access to health care) shape early brain development and subsequent risk for mental health challenges.

Spring 2019 Courses

Cognitive, Computational, and Systems Neuroscience Project Building (Psych 5191)

The goal of this course is to help students in the CCSN Pathway develop the critical thinking skills necessary to develop and implement high quality, interdisciplinary research projects. Throughout the course of the semester, each student will develop a research plan in their chosen area of interest. The plan will be developed in consultation with at least two faculty members (from at least two different subdisciplines within the pathway) as well as the other students and faculty participating in the course. The culmination of this course will be for each student to produce an NIH-style grant proposal on the research project of their choosing.

    Research in Psychology (Psych 592)

    Dissertation research

      Selected Publications

      Barch, D. M., Harms, M. P., Tillman, R., *Hawkey, E., & Luby, J. L. (in press). Early childhood depression, emotion regulation, episodic memory and hippocampal development. Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

      Karcher, N. R., Barch, D. M., Avenoveli, S., Savill, M., Huber, R. S., Sher, K. J., & Loewy, R. L. (in press). Validation of the prodromal-questionnaire-brief in children:  Measuring self-reported psychotic-like experiences in childhood. JAMA Psychiatry.

      Barch, D. M., Belden, A. C., Tillman, R., Whalen, D. & Luby, J. L. (2018). Early adverse childhood experiences, inferior frontal gyrus connectivity and the trajectory of externalizing psychopathology. Journal of the American Academy of Child Psychiatry, 57, 183-190. 

      Sheffield, J. M., Kandala, S., Tamminga, C. A., Pearlson, G. D., Keshavan, M. S., Sweeney, J. A., Clementz, B. A., Lerman-Sinkoff, D. B., Hill, S. K., & Barch, D. M. (2017). Transdiagnostic relations between functional brain network integrity and cognition. JAMA Psychiatry, 74, 605-613.

      Moran, E. K., *Culbreth, A. J., & Barch, D. M. (2017). Ecological momentary assessment of negative symptoms in schizophrenia: Relationships to effort based decision making and reinforcement learning. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 126, 96-105. PMCID: PMC5433621.