Center Faculty

CLBB's faculty of psychologists, psychiatrists, legal scholars, and scientists, each thought leaders in their fields, form the backbone of the center's expertise.


The Center for Law, Brain & Behavior puts the most accurate and actionable neuroscience in the hands of judges, lawyers, policymakers and journalists—people who shape the standards and practices of our legal system and affect its impact on people’s lives. We work to make the legal system more effective and more just for all those affected by the law.

Core and Affiliated Faculty

Justin T. Baker, MD, PhD

Associate Director, Research Concentration Program, MGH/McLean Adult Psychiatry Residency Program
Instructor in Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School
Research Fellow at the Harvard University Center for Brain Science

Lisa Feldman Barrett

Lisa Feldman Barrett, PhD

Director, Interdisciplinary Affective Science Laboratory
University Distinguished Professor of Psychology, Northeastern University
Neuroscientist, Department of Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Research Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, Massachusetts General Hospital
Lecturer in Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Gene Beresin, MA, MD

Executive Director, MGH Clay Center for Young Healthy Minds
Director of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Residency Training Program, MGH and McLean Hospitals
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School

Jay Blitzman, JD

First Justice for the Middlesex County Juvenile Court Division


David Borsook, PhD

Director, Pain and Analgesia Imaging Neuroscience (P.A.I.N) Group, Children’s Hospital Boston, MGH, and McLean Hospital
Professor of Anaesthesia, Children’s Hospital Boston

Joshua BuckholtzJoshua W. Buckholtz, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Director, Systems Neuroscience of Psychopathology lab
Assistant in Research, Department of Psychiatry, MGH

Randy L. Buckner, PhD

Principal Investigator, Cognitive Neuroscience Laboratory, Harvard University
Professor of Psychology and of Neuroscience, Harvard University
Neuroscientist in Psychiatry and Radiology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Psychiatric Neuroimaging Research Program, Massachusetts General Hospital

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Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Director, Moral Psychology Research Laboratory

Brad Dickerson, MD

Associate Professor of Neurology, Harvard University
Director of Clinical Applications, Morphometry Service, Massachusetts General Hospital
Director, Dickerson Neuroimaging Laboratory

Joshua Greene, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, John and Ruth Hazel Professor of the Social Sciences, Harvard University
Director, Moral Cognition Lab in the Department of Psychology, Harvard University

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Dean for Medical Education, Harvard Medical School
Daniel D. Federman, MD Professor in Residence of Global Health and Social Medicine and Medical Education, Harvard Medical School
Associate Director, Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics

Steven E. Hyman, MA, MD

Director, Stanley Center for Psychiatric Research, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
Distinguished Service Professor of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Harvard University
Editor, Annual Review of Neuroscience
President, 2014-2015, Society for Neuroscience

Jonathan Jackson, PhD

Executive Director, Community Access, Recruitment, and Engagement (CARE) Research Center at the Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School

Instructor in Neurology, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital

Robert Kinscherff, PhD, JD

Professor, Doctoral Clinical Psychology Program at William James College (Forensic Psychology, Law and Mental Health, Ecology of Child Behavioral Health)

Senior Fellow in Law and Applied Neuroscience (2015-2017) for joint Fellowship of Center for Law, Brain & Behavior (Massachusetts General Hospital) and Petrie-Flom Center (Harvard Law School)

Morgan Medlock, MD, MDiv, MPH

Chief Medical Officer and Director of Crisis and Emergency Services, DC Department of Behavioral Health

Adjunct Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, Howard University Hospital, Washington, DC

Alisha Moreland-Capuia, MD

Founder and Director, McLean Hospital’s Institute for Trauma Informed Systems Change within the Center of Excellence in Depression and Anxiety Disorders

Psychiatrist, LEADER Program

Affiliate Clinical Associate Professor, OHSU School of Medicine

Assistant Professor, Harvard Medical School

Charles A. Nelson, PhD

Professor of Pediatric and Neuroscience, Harvard Medical School

Professor of Education, Harvard University 

Richard Davis Scott Chair in Pediatric Developmental Medicine Research 
Director, Laboratories of Cognitive Neuroscience, Boston Children’s Hospital

Olivia Okereke, MD, MS

Board-Certified Geriatric Psychiatrist and Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Associate Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard Medical School and the Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health

Director, Geriatric Psychiatry and Director (Research) of the Geriatric Psychiatry Clinical and Research Program at Massachusetts General Hospital

Kerry Ressler, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Chief Scientific Officer, McLean Hospital
Director, Grady Trauma Project

Altaf Saadi, MD, MSc

General Academic Neurologist, Massachusetts General Hospital
Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School

Associate Director, MGH Asylum Clinic

Daniel L. Schacter, PhD

William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Director, Memory Lab, Harvard University
Bestselling Author: The Seven Sins of Memory and Searching for Memory: The Brain, The Mind, The Past


Margaret Sheridan, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of North Carolina
Director, Child Imaging Research on Cognition and Life Experiences (CIRCLE) Laboratory

Jordan Smoller, MD, Sc.D

Jordan W Smoller, MD, ScD

Director, Psychiatric and Neurodevelopmental Genetics Unit, Center for Human Genetic Research, MGH
Associate Chief for Research and Director of Psychiatric Genetics, MGH Department of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Professor of Epidemiology, Harvard School of Public Health

Leah Somerville, PhD

Assistant Professor of Psychology, Harvard University
Director, Affective Neuroscience and Development Laboratory, Harvard University
Faculty, Center for Brain Science
Faculty Fellow, Harvard Mind/Brain/Behavior Initiative

Amanda Pustilnik, JD

Professor of Law, University of Maryland School of Law
2014-2015 Senior Fellow in Law & Applied Neuroscience, CLBB & the Petrie-Flom Center 

Jeffrey Rosen, Esq

Jeffrey Rosen, JD, Esq

President and CEO, National Constitution Center
Professor of Law, George Washington University
Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution, Project on Technology and the Constitution


Gina Vincent, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry, University of Massachusetts Medical School
Director, Translational Law & Psychiatry Research, SPARC (Systems for Psychosocial Advances Research Center – formerly the Center for Mental Health Services Research), University of Massachusetts Medical School