Suzanne N. Haber, Ph.D.

Suzanne N. Haber, Ph.D.


Professor, Department of Pharmacology and Physiology
University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry

Dr. Haber’s research focuses on the neural network underlying learning and decision-making that leads to action plan development. The cortico-basal ganglia-thalamic system is central to this network and comprises a diverse group of structures involved in reward and motivation, cognition and motor control. Pathology of this network is implicated in several mental health disorders including drug addiction, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and schizophrenia. Her lab is addressing the hypothesis that cortico-basal ganglia connections are critical for integrating information across functional domains. The lab is also investigating which pathways are stimulated during deep brain stimulation, a therapy now being actively investigated for depression and obsessive-compulsive disorder and understanding postnatal changes in the cortico-basal ganglia system associated with specific developmental milestones and the high level of plasticity during early learning.

Dr. Haber received her Ph.D. in neuro-and bio-behavioral sciences from Stanford University.

NARSAD Grants: Distinguished Investigator 2011