Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Negar Fani, PhD is a clinical neuropsychologist whose clinical work and research is centered around individuals with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), particularly those who have experienced childhood maltreatment and other types of interpersonal trauma. She studies the intersection of emotion and cognition in individuals with this disorder—i.e., how do people with PTSD treat incoming emotional information differently? What types of emotional information interfere most with their ability to focus on cognitively-demanding tasks? What strategies are most beneficial in improving these abilities?
Dr. Fani adopts a multi-method approach to examining the various cognitive and affective manifestations of this disorder. Dr. Fani uses unique, neuroscience-based cognitive paradigms, functional MRI and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) methods to characterize these phenomena in individuals with diverse PTSD symptomatology. These data may inform the development of a new, brain-behavior based diagnostic classification system for PTSD, and likewise, guide the creation of tailored PTSD interventions.
Dr. Fani has received private funding and NIH support for her research. The central aim of her current NIH-funded project is to investigate cognitive control mechanisms in PTSD using a novel affective paradigm, neuropsychological measures of attention and executive functioning, fMRI and DTI.