Phillips Neuroimaging Studies

Mood and Brain Lab


Mary L. Phillips, M.D.

Professor in Psychiatry and Translational Science

Director of the Mood and Brain Laboratory,

The Clinical and Translational Affective Neuroscience Program,

University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic

Pittsburgh, Pa

Dr. Mary Phillips trained in medicine at the University of

Cambridge in the UK and in psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry in London. She received a research training fellowship from the Medical Research Council in the UK to examine visual scan paths in schizophrenia. She subsequently developed an interest in the application of fMRI techniques to examine the neural basis of emotion processing in healthy and psychiatric populations. She has focused on the identification of neural correlates that underlie the symptoms of specific abnormalities in emotion processing in people with mood disorders.


She became Professor of Neuroscience and Emotion and Head of the Section of Neuroscience and Emotion within the Department of Psychiatry, Division of Psychological Medicine, Institute of Psychiatry at the Kings College in London, UK, in 2003.


In October 2004 she joined the Department of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh as part-time Visiting Professor and Director of the Clinical and Translational Affective Neuroscience Program. She became Professor of psychiatry  at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine in April, 2006. In 2005, Dr. Phillips became a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and in 2006, was awarded the Nellie Blumenthal Investigator by the National Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression. Since 2006, Dr. Phillips has been co-director of the Brain Imaging Research Center at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. In 2008, she moved her UK research base to Cardiff University, UK, and became Professor in Clinical Affective Neuroscience in the Department of Medicine part-time.


Dr. Phillips now heads teams of dedicated researchers in the US and UK at both institutions.


She has received grant funding from the Medical Research Council (UK), the Wellcome Trust (UK), and the National Institute of Mental Health (US). She has served as a mentor to more than 40 junior investigators in the US and UK and has authored or co-authored more than 200 publications.