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Pamela Belmonte Mahon, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Centers & Institutes

  • Mood Disorders Center


Mood Disorders

Research Interests

Neuroimaging genetics; Mood disorders


  • English
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    • B.A., Boston University, Boston, Massachussetts, 2002
    • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Baltimore, Maryland, 2006


    • Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, Maryland, 2008
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    Research Summary

    My research is on the genetics of psychiatric disorders, particularly mood disorders.  Areas of interest include incorporating clinical features into genetic studies of psychiatric disorders, examination of biological pathways, and neuroimaging genetics.

    Selected Publications

    1. Mahon PB, Zandi PP, Potash JB, Nestadt G, Wand GS. Genetic association of FKBP5 and CRHR1 with cortisol response to acute psychosocial stress in healthy adults. Psychopharmacology. 2013;227(2):231-41.

    2. Mahon PB, Eldridge H, Crocker B, Notes L, Gindes H, Postell E, King S, Potash JB, Ratnanather JT, Barta PE. An MRI study of amygdala in schizophrenia and psychotic bipolar disorder. Schizophr Res. 2012;138(2-3):188-91.
    3. Mahon PB, Payne JL, MacKinnon DF, Mondimore FM, Goes FS, Schweizer B, Jancic D; NIMH Genetics Initiative Bipolar Disorder Consortium; BiGS Consortium, Coryell WH, Holmans PA, Shi J, Knowles JA, Scheftner WA, Weissman MM, Levinson DF, DePaulo JR Jr, Zandi PP, Potash JB.  Genome-wide linkage and follow-up association study of postpartum mood symptoms. Am J Psychiatry. 2009;166(11):1229-37.

    4. Belmonte Mahon P, Pirooznia M, Goes FS, Seifuddin F, Steele J, Lee PH, Huang J, Hamshere ML; Bipolar Genome Study (BiGS) Consortium, The Wellcome Trust Case Control Consortium Bipolar Disorder Group, Depaulo JR Jr, Kelsoe JR, Rietschel M, Nöthen M, Cichon S, Gurling H, Purcell S, Smoller JW, Craddock N, Schulze TG, McMahon FJ, Potash JB, Zandi PP. Genome-wide association analysis of age at onset and psychotic symptoms in bipolar disorder. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2011;156B(3):370-8.

    5. Zandi PP*, Belmonte PL*, Willour VL, Goes FS, Badner JA, Simpson SG, Gershon ES, McMahon FJ, DePaulo JR Jr, Potash JB; Bipolar Disorder Phenome Group; National Institute of Mental Health Genetics Initiative Bipolar Disorder Consortium.  Association study of Wnt signaling pathway genes in bipolar disorder. Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2008;65(7):785-93. *Joint first authors
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    • Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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    600 North Wolfe Street, Phipps 300
    Baltimore, MD 21287-7419

    Phone: 410-955-1382
    Fax: 410-502-0065


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