H. A. Berlin

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H.A. Berlin

Heather A. Berlin is an American neuroscientist focusing on brain-behavior relationships affecting the prevention and treatment of psychiatric disorders. She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness and dynamic unconscious processes.


Berlin received her doctorate in experimental psychology/neuropsychology from Magdalen College, University of Oxford, and her Master of Public Health in psychiatric epidemiology and health care management/policy from Harvard University. Berlin also earned a master's in psychology from The New School for Social Research and a Bachelor of Science from SUNY Stony Brook. Berlin was a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellow in psychiatry at Mount Sinai School of Medicine working on compulsive, impulsive, personality, and anxiety disorders.


Berlin has been the recipient of numerous awards and fellowships including a Young Investigator Award from the American Neuropsychiatric Association, a Young Investigator Award from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, the International Neuropsychological Society Phillip M. Rennick Award, and the Clifford Yorke Prize from the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society.


Berlin is currently an assistant professor of psychiatry and neuroscience at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and a visiting scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute. She was a visiting assistant professor at Vassar College, and a visiting lecturer at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich, and at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Berlin's research has been published in such scientific journals as the American Journal of Psychiatry, Journal of Personality Disorders, and Brain.

Berlin is a presenter on the international Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown. She has also been a panel member on the BBC World Service radio show The Forum and StarTalk Radio with Neil DeGrasse Tyson.

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