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Daniel G. Dillon, Ph.D.


Available: 04/05/22, Expires: 06/01/23

My lab is currently using computational models, EEG, and fMRI to test two hypotheses. First, that blunted dopaminergic responses disrupt the formation of positive memories in depressed adults. Second, that slow evidence accumulation at retrieval, especially in response to positive items, impairs memory retrieval in depressed adults.

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  1. R01MH111676 (DILLON, DANIEL G) Dec 1, 2018 - Oct 31, 2023
    Computational mechanisms of memory disruption in depression
    Role: Principal Investigator
  2. R00MH094438 (DILLON, DANIEL G) Apr 1, 2014 - Mar 31, 2018
    Neuroscience of Reward-Related Learning and Memory in Depression
    Role: Principal Investigator
  3. K99MH094438 (DILLON, DANIEL G) Apr 1, 2012 - Mar 31, 2014
    Neuroscience of Reward-Related Learning and Memory in Depression
    Role: Principal Investigator
  4. F32MH081394 (DILLON, DANIEL G) Dec 1, 2008 - Nov 30, 2010
    Emotion regulation in depression: neural bases of reappraisal
    Role: Principal Investigator

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  1. Ang YS, Cusin C, Petibon Y, Dillon DG, Breiger M, Belleau EL, Normandin M, Schroder H, Boyden S, Hayden E, Levine MT, Jahan A, Meyer AK, Kang MS, Brunner D, Gelda SE, Hooker J, El Fakhri G, Fava M, Pizzagalli DA. A multi-pronged investigation of option generation using depression, PET and modafinil. Brain. 2022 06 03; 145(5):1854-1865. PMID: 35150243; PMCID: PMC9166534.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  2. Maksimovskiy AL, Okine C, Cataldo AM, Dillon DG. Sluggish retrieval of positive memories in depressed adults. Cogn Affect Behav Neurosci. 2022 Oct; 22(5):1172-1182. PMID: 35556232.
    Citations:    Fields:    
  3. Zhu X, Lazarov A, Dolan S, Bar-Haim Y, Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA, Schneier F. Resting state connectivity predictors of symptom change during gaze-contingent music reward therapy of social anxiety disorder. Psychol Med. 2022 Mar 22; 1-9. PMID: 35314008.
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  4. Trombello JM, Cooper CM, Fatt CC, Grannemann BD, Carmody TJ, Jha MK, Mayes TL, Greer TL, Yezhuvath U, Aslan S, Pizzagalli DA, Weissman MM, Webb CA, Dillon DG, McGrath PJ, Fava M, Parsey RV, McInnis MG, Etkin A, Trivedi MH. Neural substrates of emotional conflict with anxiety in major depressive disorder: Findings from the Establishing Moderators and biosignatures of Antidepressant Response in Clinical Care (EMBARC) randomized controlled trial. J Psychiatr Res. 2022 05; 149:243-251. PMID: 35290819.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  5. Dillon DG, Lazarov A, Dolan S, Bar-Haim Y, Pizzagalli DA, Schneier FR. Fast evidence accumulation in social anxiety disorder enhances decision making in a probabilistic reward task. Emotion. 2022 Feb; 22(1):1-18. PMID: 34968142.
    Citations:    Fields:    Translation:Humans
  6. Chang RS, Cerit H, Hye T, Durham EL, Aizley H, Boukezzi S, Haimovici F, Goldstein JM, Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA, Holsen LM. Stress-induced alterations in HPA-axis reactivity and mesolimbic reward activation in individuals with emotional eating. Appetite. 2022 01 01; 168:105707. PMID: 34562531.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  7. Lazarov A, Basel D, Dolan S, Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA, Schneier FR. Increased attention allocation to socially threatening faces in social anxiety disorder: A replication study. J Affect Disord. 2021 07 01; 290:169-177. PMID: 34000570; PMCID: PMC8217243.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  8. Zürcher NR, Walsh EC, Phillips RD, Cernasov PM, Tseng CJ, Dharanikota A, Smith E, Li Z, Kinard JL, Bizzell JC, Greene RK, Dillon D, Pizzagalli DA, Izquierdo-Garcia D, Truong K, Lalush D, Hooker JM, Dichter GS. A simultaneous [11C]raclopride positron emission tomography and functional magnetic resonance imaging investigation of striatal dopamine binding in autism. Transl Psychiatry. 2021 01 11; 11(1):33. PMID: 33431841; PMCID: PMC7801430.
    Citations: 8     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  9. McHugh RK, Nguyen MD, Fitzmaurice GM, Dillon DG. Behavioral strategies to reduce stress reactivity in opioid use disorder: Study design. Health Psychol. 2020 Sep; 39(9):806-814. PMID: 32833482.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  10. Lawlor VM, Webb CA, Wiecki TV, Frank MJ, Trivedi M, Pizzagalli DA, Dillon DG. Dissecting the impact of depression on decision-making. Psychol Med. 2020 07; 50(10):1613-1622. PMID: 31280757.
    Citations: 7     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  11. Jang AI, Nassar MR, Dillon DG, Frank MJ. Positive reward prediction errors during decision-making strengthen memory encoding. Nat Hum Behav. 2019 07; 3(7):719-732. PMID: 31061490; PMCID: PMC6625913.
    Citations: 24     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  12. Baker JT, Dillon DG, Patrick LM, Roffman JL, Brady RO, Pizzagalli DA, Öngür D, Holmes AJ. Functional connectomics of affective and psychotic pathology. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2019 04 30; 116(18):9050-9059. PMID: 30988201; PMCID: PMC6500110.
    Citations: 38     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  13. Kane J, Cavanagh JF, Dillon DG. Reduced Theta Power During Memory Retrieval in Depressed Adults. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2019 07; 4(7):636-643. PMID: 31072759.
    Citations: 1     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  14. Sperl MFJ, Panitz C, Rosso IM, Dillon DG, Kumar P, Hermann A, Whitton AE, Hermann C, Pizzagalli DA, Mueller EM. Fear Extinction Recall Modulates Human Frontomedial Theta and Amygdala Activity. Cereb Cortex. 2019 02 01; 29(2):701-715. PMID: 29373635; PMCID: PMC6659170.
    Citations: 6     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  15. Whitton AE, Webb CA, Dillon DG, Kayser J, Rutherford A, Goer F, Fava M, McGrath P, Weissman M, Parsey R, Adams P, Trombello JM, Cooper C, Deldin P, Oquendo MA, McInnis MG, Carmody T, Bruder G, Trivedi MH, Pizzagalli DA. Pretreatment Rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex Connectivity With Salience Network Predicts Depression Recovery: Findings From the EMBARC Randomized Clinical Trial. Biol Psychiatry. 2019 05 15; 85(10):872-880. PMID: 30718038.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  16. Liao A, Walker R, Carmody TJ, Cooper C, Shaw MA, Grannemann BD, Adams P, Bruder GE, McInnis MG, Webb CA, Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA, Phillips ML, Kurian BT, Fava M, Parsey RV, McGrath PJ, Weissman MM, Trivedi MH. Anxiety and anhedonia in depression: Associations with neuroticism and cognitive control. J Affect Disord. 2019 02 15; 245:1070-1078. PMID: 30699849.
    Citations: 4     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  17. Trivedi MH, South C, Jha MK, Rush AJ, Cao J, Kurian B, Phillips M, Pizzagalli DA, Trombello JM, Oquendo MA, Cooper C, Dillon DG, Webb C, Grannemann BD, Bruder G, McGrath PJ, Parsey R, Weissman M, Fava M. A Novel Strategy to Identify Placebo Responders: Prediction Index of Clinical and Biological Markers in the EMBARC Trial. Psychother Psychosom. 2018; 87(5):285-295. PMID: 30110685.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  18. Webb CA, Trivedi MH, Cohen ZD, Dillon DG, Fournier JC, Goer F, Fava M, McGrath PJ, Weissman M, Parsey R, Adams P, Trombello JM, Cooper C, Deldin P, Oquendo MA, McInnis MG, Huys Q, Bruder G, Kurian BT, Jha M, DeRubeis RJ, Pizzagalli DA. Personalized prediction of antidepressant v. placebo response: evidence from the EMBARC study. Psychol Med. 2019 05; 49(7):1118-1127. PMID: 29962359.
    Citations: 27     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  19. Pizzagalli DA, Webb CA, Dillon DG, Tenke CE, Kayser J, Goer F, Fava M, McGrath P, Weissman M, Parsey R, Adams P, Trombello J, Cooper C, Deldin P, Oquendo MA, McInnis MG, Carmody T, Bruder G, Trivedi MH. Pretreatment Rostral Anterior Cingulate Cortex Theta Activity in Relation to Symptom Improvement in Depression: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA Psychiatry. 2018 06 01; 75(6):547-554. PMID: 29641834; PMCID: PMC6083825.
    Citations: 44     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  20. Trombello JM, Pizzagalli DA, Weissman MM, Grannemann BD, Cooper CM, Greer TL, Malchow AL, Jha MK, Carmody TJ, Kurian BT, Webb CA, Dillon DG, McGrath PJ, Bruder G, Fava M, Parsey RV, McInnis MG, Adams P, Trivedi MH. Characterizing anxiety subtypes and the relationship to behavioral phenotyping in major depression: Results from the EMBARC study. J Psychiatr Res. 2018 07; 102:207-215. PMID: 29689518.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  21. Dillon DG, Gonenc A, Belleau E, Pizzagalli DA. Depression is associated with dimensional and categorical effects on white matter pathways. Depress Anxiety. 2018 05; 35(5):440-447. PMID: 29486093.
    Citations: 13     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  22. Kumar P, Goer F, Murray L, Dillon DG, Beltzer ML, Cohen AL, Brooks NH, Pizzagalli DA. Impaired reward prediction error encoding and striatal-midbrain connectivity in depression. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2018 06; 43(7):1581-1588. PMID: 29540863.
    Citations: 47     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  23. Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA. Mechanisms of Memory Disruption in Depression. Trends Neurosci. 2018 03; 41(3):137-149. PMID: 29331265; PMCID: PMC5835184.
    Citations: 37     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  24. Barrick EM, Dillon DG. An ERP study of multidimensional source retrieval in depression. Biol Psychol. 2018 02; 132:176-191. PMID: 29305874.
    Citations: 2     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  25. Tenke CE, Kayser J, Pechtel P, Webb CA, Dillon DG, Goer F, Murray L, Deldin P, Kurian BT, McGrath PJ, Parsey R, Trivedi M, Fava M, Weissman MM, McInnis M, Abraham K, E Alvarenga J, Alschuler DM, Cooper C, Pizzagalli DA, Bruder GE. Demonstrating test-retest reliability of electrophysiological measures for healthy adults in a multisite study of biomarkers of antidepressant treatment response. Psychophysiology. 2017 01; 54(1):34-50. PMID: 28000259.
    Citations: 21     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  26. Admon R, Kaiser RH, Dillon DG, Beltzer M, Goer F, Olson DP, Vitaliano G, Pizzagalli DA. Dopaminergic Enhancement of Striatal Response to Reward in Major Depression. Am J Psychiatry. 2017 Apr 01; 174(4):378-386. PMID: 27771973; PMCID: PMC5378658.
    Citations: 39     Fields:    Translation:HumansCells
  27. Whitton AE, Van't Veer A, Kakani P, Dillon DG, Ironside ML, Haile A, Crowley DJ, Pizzagalli DA. Acute stress impairs frontocingulate activation during error monitoring in remitted depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2017 01; 75:164-172. PMID: 27835807.
    Citations: 5     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  28. Kaiser RH, Whitfield-Gabrieli S, Dillon DG, Goer F, Beltzer M, Minkel J, Smoski M, Dichter G, Pizzagalli DA. Dynamic Resting-State Functional Connectivity in Major Depression. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016 06; 41(7):1822-30. PMID: 26632990.
    Citations: 115     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  29. Dillon DG. The neuroscience of positive memory deficits in depression. Front Psychol. 2015; 6:1295. PMID: 26441703; PMCID: PMC4561348.
    Citations: 14     
  30. Hsu KJ, Beard C, Rifkin L, Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA, Björgvinsson T. Transdiagnostic mechanisms in depression and anxiety: The role of rumination and attentional control. J Affect Disord. 2015 Dec 01; 188:22-7. PMID: 26340079.
    Citations: 22     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  31. Webb CA, Dillon DG, Pechtel P, Goer FK, Murray L, Huys QJ, Fava M, McGrath PJ, Weissman M, Parsey R, Kurian BT, Adams P, Weyandt S, Trombello JM, Grannemann B, Cooper CM, Deldin P, Tenke C, Trivedi M, Bruder G, Pizzagalli DA. Neural Correlates of Three Promising Endophenotypes of Depression: Evidence from the EMBARC Study. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2016 Jan; 41(2):454-63. PMID: 26068725.
    Citations: 42     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
  32. Beard C, Donahue RJ, Dillon DG, Van't Veer A, Webber C, Lee J, Barrick E, Hsu KJ, Foti D, Carroll FI, Carlezon WA, Björgvinsson T, Pizzagalli DA. Abnormal error processing in depressive states: a translational examination in humans and rats. Transl Psychiatry. 2015 May 12; 5:e564. PMID: 25966364.
    Citations: 10     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  33. Dillon DG, Wiecki T, Pechtel P, Webb C, Goer F, Murray L, Trivedi M, Fava M, McGrath PJ, Weissman M, Parsey R, Kurian B, Adams P, Carmody T, Weyandt S, Shores-Wilson K, Toups M, McInnis M, Oquendo MA, Cusin C, Deldin P, Bruder G, Pizzagalli DA. A computational analysis of flanker interference in depression. Psychol Med. 2015 Aug; 45(11):2333-44. PMID: 25727375.
    Citations: 15     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  34. Treadway MT, Waskom ML, Dillon DG, Holmes AJ, Park MTM, Chakravarty MM, Dutra SJ, Polli FE, Iosifescu DV, Fava M, Gabrieli JDE, Pizzagalli DA. Illness progression, recent stress, and morphometry of hippocampal subfields and medial prefrontal cortex in major depression. Biol Psychiatry. 2015 Feb 01; 77(3):285-294. PMID: 25109665.
    Citations: 118     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  35. Admon R, Nickerson LD, Dillon DG, Holmes AJ, Bogdan R, Kumar P, Dougherty DD, Iosifescu DV, Mischoulon D, Fava M, Pizzagalli DA. Dissociable cortico-striatal connectivity abnormalities in major depression in response to monetary gains and penalties. Psychol Med. 2015 Jan; 45(1):121-31. PMID: 25055809.
    Citations: 26     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  36. Dillon DG, Rosso IM, Pechtel P, Killgore WD, Rauch SL, Pizzagalli DA. Peril and pleasure: an rdoc-inspired examination of threat responses and reward processing in anxiety and depression. Depress Anxiety. 2014 Mar; 31(3):233-49. PMID: 24151118.
    Citations: 76     Fields:    Translation:HumansAnimals
  37. Dillon DG, Dobbins IG, Pizzagalli DA. Weak reward source memory in depression reflects blunted activation of VTA/SN and parahippocampus. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2014 Oct; 9(10):1576-83. PMID: 24078019.
    Citations: 20     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  38. Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA. Evidence of successful modulation of brain activation and subjective experience during reappraisal of negative emotion in unmedicated depression. Psychiatry Res. 2013 May 30; 212(2):99-107. PMID: 23570916.
    Citations: 36     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  39. Vanderhasselt MA, De Raedt R, Dillon DG, Dutra SJ, Brooks N, Pizzagalli DA. Decreased cognitive control in response to negative information in patients with remitted depression: an event-related potential study. J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2012 Jul; 37(4):250-8. PMID: 22433449.
    Citations: 11     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  40. Dillon DG, Deveney CM, Pizzagalli DA. From Basic Processes to Real-World Problems: How Research on Emotion and Emotion Regulation Can Inform Understanding of Psychopathology, and Vice Versa. Emot Rev. 2011 Jan; 3(1):74-82. PMID: 21584224.
    Citations: 8     
  41. Dillon DG, Bogdan R, Fagerness J, Holmes AJ, Perlis RH, Pizzagalli DA. Variation in TREK1 gene linked to depression-resistant phenotype is associated with potentiated neural responses to rewards in humans. Hum Brain Mapp. 2010 Feb; 31(2):210-21. PMID: 19621370.
    Citations: 18     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  42. Pizzagalli DA, Holmes AJ, Dillon DG, Goetz EL, Birk JL, Bogdan R, Dougherty DD, Iosifescu DV, Rauch SL, Fava M. Reduced caudate and nucleus accumbens response to rewards in unmedicated individuals with major depressive disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2009 Jun; 166(6):702-10. PMID: 19411368; PMCID: PMC2735451.
    Citations: 440     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  43. Dillon DG, Holmes AJ, Birk JL, Brooks N, Lyons-Ruth K, Pizzagalli DA. Childhood adversity is associated with left basal ganglia dysfunction during reward anticipation in adulthood. Biol Psychiatry. 2009 Aug 01; 66(3):206-13. PMID: 19358974.
    Citations: 141     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  44. Wacker J, Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA. The role of the nucleus accumbens and rostral anterior cingulate cortex in anhedonia: integration of resting EEG, fMRI, and volumetric techniques. Neuroimage. 2009 May 15; 46(1):327-37. PMID: 19457367.
    Citations: 151     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  45. Santesso DL, Dillon DG, Birk JL, Holmes AJ, Goetz E, Bogdan R, Pizzagalli DA. Individual differences in reinforcement learning: behavioral, electrophysiological, and neuroimaging correlates. Neuroimage. 2008 Aug 15; 42(2):807-16. PMID: 18595740.
    Citations: 66     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  46. Dillon DG, Pizzagalli DA. Inhibition of Action, Thought, and Emotion: A Selective Neurobiological Review. Appl Prev Psychol. 2007 Dec; 12(3):99-114. PMID: 19050749; PMCID: PMC2396584.
    Citations: 63     
  47. Dillon DG, Holmes AJ, Jahn AL, Bogdan R, Wald LL, Pizzagalli DA. Dissociation of neural regions associated with anticipatory versus consummatory phases of incentive processing. Psychophysiology. 2008 Jan; 45(1):36-49. PMID: 17850241; PMCID: PMC2156200.
    Citations: 69     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  48. Dillon DG, Ritchey M, Johnson BD, LaBar KS. Dissociable effects of conscious emotion regulation strategies on explicit and implicit memory. Emotion. 2007 May; 7(2):354-65. PMID: 17516813.
    Citations: 42     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  49. Dillon DG, Cooper JJ, Grent-'t-Jong T, Woldorff MG, LaBar KS. Dissociation of event-related potentials indexing arousal and semantic cohesion during emotional word encoding. Brain Cogn. 2006 Oct; 62(1):43-57. PMID: 16678953.
    Citations: 29     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  50. Dillon DG, LaBar KS. Startle modulation during conscious emotion regulation is arousal-dependent. Behav Neurosci. 2005 Aug; 119(4):1118-1124. PMID: 16187839.
    Citations: 33     Fields:    Translation:Humans
  51. Fichtenholtz HM, Dean HL, Dillon DG, Yamasaki H, McCarthy G, LaBar KS. Emotion-attention network interactions during a visual oddball task. Brain Res Cogn Brain Res. 2004 Jun; 20(1):67-80. PMID: 15130591.
    Citations: 65     Fields:    Translation:HumansCTClinical Trials
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