Aysenil Belger

Professor of Psychiatry; Professor of Psychology; and Director, Psychiatry Neuroimaging Research


Professor of Psychiatry

Professor of Psychology

Director, Psychiatry Neuroimaging Research


UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

B.S., Psychology, Ege University, Izmir Turkey
M.A., Physiological Psychology, University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana

Ph.D., Physiological Psychology, University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana
Postdoctoral Training, Yale University, School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery and Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering

Summary Statement:

Dr. Aysenil Belger, PhD is Professor and the Director of Neuroimaging Research in Psychiatry, and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Adjunct Associate Professor in the Radiology Department at Duke University and the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. Her research focuses on studies of the cortical circuits underlying attention and executive function in the human brain, as well as the breakdown in these functions in neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopment disorders such as schizophrenia and autism. Dr. Belger combines functional magnetic resonance imaging, electrophysiological scalp recording, experimental psychology and neuropsychological assessment techniques to explore the behavioral and neurophysiological dimensions of higher order executive functions. Her most recent research projects have focused on electrophysiological abnormalities in young autistic children and children, adolescents and adults at high risk for schizophrenia. Her research also examines changes in cortical circuits and their physiological properties in children and adults at high-risk for psychotic disorders.

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