Department of Psychiatry and Psychology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities
Research Interests & Goals:
Gabriel Dichter is a clinical psychologist and tenured Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology & Neuroscience at UNC-Chapel Hill and a faculty in the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. His research uses behavioral econometrics, eyetracking, electrophysiology, and functional brain imaging to investigate core deficits and treatment response in autism spectrum disorders and affective disorders. He received his PhD from Vanderbilt University where he trained with Andrew Tomarken and Judy Garber and completed T32-funded postdoctoral training in neurodevelopmental disorders at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. He has been PI of two NARSAD awards addressing reward processing in mood disorders, a Dana Foundation grant investigating neural mechanisms of treatment response in autism, and five NIMH grants, including a career development award focused on neuroimaging treatment effects in autism, studies of imaging and molecular genetic predictors of response to psychotherapy in mood disorders, and currently an R01 focused on reward processing deficits in autism. He was the recipient of the 2012 Vanderbilt University Randolph Blake Early Career Award for the Psychological Sciences and a 2015 UNC Phillip and Ruth Hettleman Prize for Artistic and Scholarly Achievement by Young Faculty. He has served on numerous NIH study sections and working groups and is on the editorial boards of Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, and the Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders. Dr. Dichter also founded a social skills clinic for adolescents and young adults with autism spectrum disorders at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.