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Naomi Driesen, PhD

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Naomi Driesen, PhD

Naomi Driesen, PhD


Clinical Neurosciences Division

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Academic Appointment

  • Yale University Medical School, Associate Research Scientist


  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, 1999-2002
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry, 1998-1999
  • Postdoctoral Fellow, Neuropsychology, Department of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, 1997-1998
  • University of Memphis, Clinical Psychology (Neuropsychology Subspecialty), Ph.D., 1997

Expertise and Interests

  • Neurocognitive basis of dissociative symptoms
  • Neurocognitive function and remediation in PTSD
  • Neurocognitive function in individuals with PTSD and traumatic brain injury

Membership in Professional Societies

  • Organization for Human Brain Mapping

Selected Publications

Driesen, N. R., McCarthy, G., Bhagwagar, Z., Bloch, M. H., Calhoun, V. D., D'Souza, D. C., Gueorguieva, R., He, G., Leung, H. C., Ramani, R., Anticevic, A., Suckow, R. F., Morgan, P. T., & Krystal, J. (2013). The impact of NMDA receptor blockade on human working memory-related prefrontal function and connectivity. Neuropsychopharmacology. Advance Online Publication. doi: 10.1038/npp.2013.170

Driesen, N. R., McCarthy, G., Bhagwagar, Z., Bloch, M., Calhoun, V., D'Souza. D. C., Gueorguieva, R., He, G., Ramachandran, R., Suckow, R., Anticevic, A., Morgan, P. T, & Krystal, J., (2013). Relationship of resting brain hyperconnectivity and schizophrenia-like symptoms produced by the NMDA receptor antagonist ketamine in humans. Molecular Psychiatry. Advanced Online Publication. doi:10.1038/mp.2012.194

Kong, L., Tang, Y., Wu, F., Driesen, N. R., Fan, L., Ren, L., Jiang, W., Cao, Y., Blumberg, H.P., Xu, K., Wang, F. (2013). Functional connectivity between amygdala and prefrontal cortex in medication-naïve individuals with depressive disorder. Journal of Psychiatry and Neuroscience, 38, 120117. Advanced Online Publication. doi:10.1503/jpn.120117

Anticevic, A., Gancsos, M., Murray, J. D., ,Repovs, G., Driesen, N. R., Ennis, D. J., Niciu, M. J., Morgan, P. T., Surti, T. S., Bloch, M. H., Ramani, R. N., Smith, M. A., Wang, X. J., Krystal, J., & Corlett, P. R. (2012). NMDA receptor function in large-scale anti-correlated neural systems with implications for cognition and schizophrenia. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA, 109, 16720-16725. doi:10.1073/pnas.1208494109

Hampson, M., Driesen, N., Roth, J, K., Gore, J. C., Constable, R. T. (2010). Functional connectivity between task-positive and task-negative brain areas and its relation to working memory performance. Magnetic Resonance Imaging, 28, 1051-1057. doi:10.1016/j.mri.2010.03.021

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