Gregory McCarthy designated the Henry Ford II Professor of Psychology

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Gregory McCarthy

Gregory McCarthy, newly designated as the Henry Ford II Professor of Psychology, focuses his research on the functional organization of the human brain.

McCarthy directs the Human Neuroscience Laboratory, which seeks to identify and characterize functional brain processes, and to determine how these processes combine to produce psychological phenomena. He is also interested in how these functional brain processes and their anatomical substrates are altered in pathological states. This overarching approach is reflected in the research themes that embody the lab’s current program of research. To accomplish its scientific goals, McCarthy’s team uses a range of techniques including neuroimaging, scalp-recorded electroencephalogram (EEG) from healthy volunteers, intracranial EEG from subdural electrodes in patients, psychophysiology, eye-tracking, and behavior.

A graduate of Rutgers College, McCarthy earned an A.M. and Ph.D. from the University of Illinois-Champaign. He began his career at Yale in 1984 as an associate research scientist in the Department of Neurology. After serving in a series of faculty positions, he left Yale in 1998 to become the founding director of the Brain Imaging and Analysis Center at Duke University. In 2003, McCarthy became the founding director of the Veterans Administration’s VISN6 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center, which focused upon genetic, neuroimaging, neuropsychological, and intervention studies of mental disorders that followed deployment of soldiers to Iraq and Afghanistan. He returned to Yale in 2006 as a professor in the Department of Psychology.

McCarthy has published nearly 200 peer-reviewed articles in scholarly journals. He is co-author of the book “Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging.” He serves as review editor of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience and is a member of the editorial board of Human Brain Mapping. He is a member of the Society for Neuroscience and the American Psychological Society.