Helen S. Mayberg, M.D.

Helen S. Mayberg, M.D.


Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology, and Radiology
Dorothy C. Fuqua Chair in Psychiatric Neuroimaging and
Emory University School of Medicine

Dr. Mayberg leads a multidisciplinary research program committed to defining the “neurology of depression.” Her imaging studies over the past 20 years have systematically examined functional abnormalities characterizing the disorder, as well as neural mechanisms mediating antidepressant response to various evidence-based treatments. The goal of her studies is to identify neurobiological markers predicting treatment response and optimized treatment selection. Her long-term interest in neural network models of mood regulation in health and disease led to the development of a new intervention for treatment-resistant patients using Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), a study initiated at the University of Toronto and now continuing at Emory.

What is Deep Brain Stimulation? Find out here.

Dr. Mayberg received a B.A. in psychobiology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and an M.D. degree from the University of Southern California School of Medicine.

NARSAD Grants: Young Investigator 1991, Independent Investigator 1995, Distinguished Investigator 2002

Foundation Prizes: 1996 Klerman Prize Honorable Mention for Exceptional Clinical Research by a Young Investigator, 2007 Falcone Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research (renamed the Colvin Prize in 2012)


In January, 2014, Dr. Mayberg presented a Meet The Scientist Webinar titled "Deep Brain Stimulation & Depression: A Decade of Progress." Watch here:

Stories of Recovery thanks to Dr. Mayberg's Deep Brain Stimulation:

  • The Strength of MY Denial All Those Years - Edi Guyton - I didn’t think I could go on living if [deep brain stimulation] didn’t work,” Edi says. Today, five years later, Edi still has her ups and downs, but, she says, “the downs are never as far down, and never last as long.” Most days she feels good, helped by continued medication in addition to the DBS and a renewed sense of purpose.
  • A Remarkable Journey - Cindy Warren - Cindy underwent deep brain stimulation (DBS) surgery in late November, 2005. "From that moment on, my recovery has been miraculous," Cindy said.

Additional Articles About Dr. Mayberg and Deep Brain Stimulation:

  • 1991 Breakthrough in Use of Positron Emission Tomography (PET) Brain Imaging to Study the Neurology of Depression
  • 2003 Breakthrough: DBS, A 'Pacemaker for the Brain' to Treat Depression
  • Historic Study Finds Brain Scans Can Guide Depression Treatment Decisions

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