Joined the Scientific Council in 2013
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Radiology
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Director of the Division of Translational Imaging and
Director of Clinical and Imaging Research, Lieber Center
for Schizophrenia Research
New York State Psychiatric Institute
Dr. Abi-Dargham’s research has focused on using molecular imaging techniques (SPECT and PET) to study the pathophysiology of schizophrenia, schizophrenia spectrum disorders, addiction (alcoholism and more recently cannabis dependence) and co-morbid schizophrenia with addiction. Her research has resulted in fi ndings describing the complex alterations of dopamine transmission in schizophrenia and has shown increased striatal dopamine release in schizophrenia. This has become one of the most established fi ndings of schizophrenia research and is now being tested as a biomarker for risk in patients displaying early symptom signs (“prodromal” patients).
Dr. Abi-Dargham is from Beirut, Lebanon, where she received her medical degree at St Joseph University’s Medical School.
NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 1993 and 1997; Independent Investigator 2000; Distinguished Investigator 2008
Foundation Prizes: 2002 Klerman Honorable Mention Prize for Exceptional Clinical Research by a Young Investigator