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Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology & Neuroscience

Director, Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab


UNC Hospitals – Chapel Hill

Education and Training:

B.A. , Psychology, Haverford College
M.A., Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University
PhD., Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University
Predoctoral Fellowship, Developmental Psychopathology, Vanderbilt University
Clinical Intern, Durham VA Medical Center
Postdoctoral Fellowship, Neurodevelopmental Disorders Research Center, Dept. of Psychiatry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Summary Statement:

Dr. Dichter is a licensed clinical psychologist with active programs of research in autism spectrum disorders and affective disorders. He uses behavioral, eye tracking, psychophysiological, and neuroimaging methods to investigate neurobiological mechanisms and treatment response in these conditions. Both areas of research are funded by NIMH and private foundation grants and capitalize on resources across both the UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke Medical Center campuses. Dr. Dichter’s program of autism research at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities addresses mesolimbic response to social and nonsocial rewards in children with autism and whether such responses may be predictors of treatment response. His program of affective disorders research is a collaboration with the Duke Cognitive Behavioral and Research and Treatment Program and focuses on molecular genetic and neuroimaging predictors of response to talk therapy.


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