BJ Casey, PhD

Fundamentals of the Adolescent Brain (FAB) Lab

Department of Neuroscience and Behavior

Barnard College- Columbia University
3009 Broadway
New York, NY 10027

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Courses Taught at Barnard College-Columbia Univeristy 2022-present
NSBV 1001 Introduction to Neuroscience
NSBV 2008 The Adolescent Brain 

Courses Taught at Yale 2016-2022
PSYC 352 The Adolescent Brain 
PSYC 756 Research Topics on the Adolescent Brain
PSYC 656 Developmental Psychopathology and Sensitive Periods of Neural Development 
PSYC 702 Current Work in Clinical Neuroscience
PSYC 704 Current Works in Behavior, Genetics and Neuroscience 




Casey is the Christina L. Williams Professor of Neuroscience at Barnard College-Columbia University and a member of the Justice Collaboratory in the Yale Law School. Casey is a world leader in human neuroimaging and its use in typical and atypical development. Casey is a world leader in human neuroimaging and its use in typical and atypical development. She skillfully uses brain imaging to uniquely examine developmental transitions across the life span, especially during the period of adolescence. Her work is grounded in translational studies from genetically altered mice to humans patients, developing models for several mental health problems that affect millions of young people today. Her studies have begun to inform when and how to target treatments to the individual based on age and genetic profile (i.e., precision medicine) and her discoveries have been highlighted by NPR, PBS, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and National Geographic and have implications for juvenile justice and mental health policy reform. Her scientific discoveries have been published in over 235 articles in top tier journals including Science, Nature Medicine, Nature Neuroscience, and the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, cited over 67,000 times and highlighted by NPR, PBSNY Times and National Geographic. She has received numerous honors and awards including the Association for Psychological Science Lifetime Achievement Mentor Award, the American Psychological Association Distinguished Scientific Contribution Award, the Cognitive Neuroscience Society George A. Miller award and she is an elected member of the American Academy of Arts and Science.  

Casey has served on several advisory boards including the NIMH Board of Scientific Counselors and NIMH Council, the Scientific Advisory Board for NARSAD, the Advisory Board for the Human Connectome Project- Life Span Study, the National Research Council Board of Children, Youth and Families, and National Research Council and Institute of Medicine committees of the National Academies on the Science of Adolescent Risk Taking, Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform, and Sports Related Concussions in Youth. She has received funding from the NIMH, NIDA and NICHD, NSF, the John Merck Fund, the Dana Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. She has been asked to present her work on the adolescent brain to congressional staff on Capital Hill, to the Washington State Supreme Court and to federal judges around the country.

Casey is someone who takes the training of the next generation of scientists as seriously as her own research, for which she is passionate.

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