One Mind Scientific Advisory Board

Mary Phillips, M.D., M.D. (Cantab)

University of Pittsburgh

Dr. Phillips has been a leader in affective neuroscience for over 25 years, bridging cognitive and clinical approaches to mood disorders research. Her work has identified abnormalities in prefrontal-striatal reward circuitry that are specific to bipolar disorder, to aid more accurate and rapid diagnosis, and to identify youth who are at future risk of the disorder. She is now determining how neural biomarkers can be focally targeted by neuromodulation techniques to develop more effective treatments for bipolar and related disorders. Her recent work examines how the development in infancy through young adulthood of  largescale neural networks underlying key processes relevant to affective pathology underlies the development of dimensions of emotional reactivity that predispose to future mental health problems. Dr. Phillips also works with basic neuroscientists to obtain an in depth understanding of the neurobiological and metabolic processes underlying reward processing that confer risk for mood disorders. Her work promotes a translational neuroscience focus to the study of mood disorders and new treatment developments, to guide the precision medicine agenda in psychiatry.

Dr. Phillips has successfully mentored over a hundred junior colleagues, including fifteen NIH K awardees, and has presidential or council roles in major international neuroscience societies. Her honors and awards include: 2006 NARSAD Nellie Blumenthal Investigator; 2011 Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP); 2014-Present Member, American Society of Clinical Investigation; Councilor, Society for Biological Psychiatry (SOBP); 2014 ACNP Joel Elkes Award for Outstanding Clinical Research; 2016 Scientific Council, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF); 2017 BBRF Colvin Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Mood Disorders Research; 2018-2021 Clarivate Analytics Highly Cited Researchers; 2018-20; President SOBP; 2019 Chancellor’s Distinguished Research Award; 2019-2022 ACNP Council; 2019 NIMH Merit Award; 2020 and 2022 SOBP George Thompson Award for Distinguished Service; 2022 University of Pittsburgh Distinguished Professor In Psychiatry and Clinical and Translational Science; 2023-present Member, Association of American Physicians. Recently, she was awarded the Society of Biological Psychiatry 2024 Gold Medal Award.

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