Kelly Bijanki, PhD

    Assistant Professor

    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery

    Assistant Professor

    Emory University Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    Principal Investigator

    Laboratory for Behavioral Neuromodulation

    Clinical Neuroimaging Support for Intracranial Monitoring Epilepsy Service

    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery


    • BA, Truman State University, 2007
    • PhD, University of Iowa, 2011
    • Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2014
    • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Emory University, 2016
    • MS, Emory University, 2018 (expected)



    • American Epilepsy Society Junior Investigator Research Award Finalist, 2016
    • Brain Research Foundation Seed Grant Southeast Finalist, 2016
    • Emory University Postdoctoral Symposium Outstanding Oral Presenter Award, 2016
    • Society for Neuroscience Postdoctoral Fellow Travel Award, 2011
    • Graduate Research Conference Biological and Health Sciences Award, 2009
    • Truman State University Summer Undergraduate Research Grant, 2005
    • Truman State University President’s Leadership Scholarship, 2003 


    • American Academy for the Advancement of Science 
    • American Epilepsy Society 
    • American Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 
    • Cognitive Neuroscience Society 
    • International Neuropsychological Society  
    • International Society of Vascular Behavioral and Cognitive Disorders
    • Society for Biological Psychiatry 
    • Society for Neuroscience 
    • World Society for Stereotactic and Functional Neurosurgery 


    Dr. Bijanki's primary research interest explores the neurobiological, behavioral and electrophysiological correlates of human behavior and psychopathology, particularly related to the effects of neuromodulation on affective neural circuit function and implications for our understanding of the circuit across psychiatric and neurological patient populations.


    • Inman, C.S.*, Manns, J.R.*, Bijanki, K.R., Bass, D.I., Hamann, S., Drane, D.L., Fasano, R., Kovach, C.K., Gross, R.E., Willie, J.T. (2017). Direct Electrical Stimulation of the Amygdala Enhances Event-Specific Declarative Memory in Humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. (* co-first authors).
    • Li, T., Horta, M., Mascaro, J., Bijanki, K., Arnal, L.H., Adams, M., Barr, R.G., Rilling, J.K. (2017, in press). Explaining individual variation to paternal brain response to infant cries. Physiology and Behavior.
    • Bijanki, K.R., Matsui, J.T., Mayberg, H.S., Magnotta, V.A., Arndt, S., Johnson, H.J., Nopoulos, P., Paradiso, S., McCormick, L., Fiedorowicz, J.G., Epping, E.A., Moser, D.J. (2015). Depressive symptoms related to low fractional anisotropy in the right ventral anterior cingulate in older adults with atherosclerotic vascular disease. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 9(408) DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2015.00408. PMID: 26236221.
    • Bijanki, K.R., Hodis, B., Magnotta, V.A., Zeien, E., Andreasen, N.C. (2015). Effects of age on white matter integrity and negative symptoms in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 161(1): 29-35. DOI: 10.1016/j.schres.2014.05.031. PMID: 24957354
    • Inman, C.S., Bijanki, K.R., Bass, D.I., Gross, R.E., Hamann, S., Willie, J.T. (2017, accepted). Human amygdala stimulation effects on emotion physiology and emotional expression. Neuropsychologia.
    • Bijanki, K.R., Hodis, B., Brumm, M., Harlynn, E, McCormick, L.M. (2014). Hippocampal and subcallosal cingulate atrophy in psychotic depression. PLoS ONE 9(10): e110770. DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0110770. PMID: 25338068.
    • Bijanki, K.R., Kovach, C., McCormick, L.M., Kawasaki, H., Dlouhy, B., Feinstein, J., Jones, R.D., Howard, M. (2014). Case report: Stimulation of the right amygdala produces transient changes in affective bias. Brain Stimulation 7(5): 690-693. DOI: 10.1016/j.brs.2014.05.005. PMID: 24972588.
    • Epping, E.A., Mills, J.A., Beglinger, L.J., Fiedorowicz, J.G., Craufurd, D., Smith, M.M., Groves, M., Bijanki, K.R., Downing, N., Williams, J.K., Long, J.D., Paulsen, J.S., and the PREDICT-HD Investigators and Coordinators of the Huntington Study Group (2013). Characterization of depression in prodromal Huntington disease: the PREDICT-HD study. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 47(10) 1423-1431. DOI:10.1016/j.jpsychres. 2013.05.026. PMID: 23790259.
    • Bijanki, K.R., Arndt, S., Magnotta, V.A., Nopoulos, P., Paradiso, S., Matsui, J.T., Johnson, H.J., Moser, D.J. (2013). Characterizing white matter health in atherosclerotic vascular disease. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 214(3): 389-394. DOI: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2013.07.011 PMID: 24144509.
    • Bijanki, K.R., Stillman, A.N., Arndt, S., Magnotta, V., Fiedorowicz, J.G., Haynes, W., Matsui, J.T., Johnson, H.J., W., Moser, D.J. (2013). White matter fractional anisotropy is inversely related to anxious symptoms in older adults with atherosclerosis. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 28(10): 1069-1076. DOI: 10.1002/gps. 3930. PMID: 23348834.
    • Beglinger, L.J., Prest, L., Mills, J.A., Paulsen, J.S., Smith, M., Gonzalez-Alegre, P., Rowe, K.C., Nopoulos, P., Uc, E.Y. (2012). Clinical predictors of driving status in Huntington disease. Movement Disorders. 27(9):1146-52. DOI: 10.1002/mds.25101. PMID: 22744778.
    • Stillman, A.N., Rowe, K.C., Arndt, S., Moser, D.J. (2012). Anxious symptoms and cognitive function in non-demented elderly adults: an inverse relationship. International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 27(8): 792-798. DOI: 10.1002/gps.2785. PMID: 21919061.
    • Timpe, J.C., Rowe, K.C., Matsui, J.K., Magnotta, V.A., Denburg, N.L. (2011). White matter integrity, as measured by diffusion tensor imaging, distinguishes between impaired and unimpaired older decision-makers. Journal of Cognitive Psychology 23 (6 SI) 760-767. PMID: 24976948
    • Rowe, K.C., Paulsen, J.S., Langbehn, D.R., Wang, C., Mills, J., Beglinger, L.J., Smith, M., Epping, E.A., Fiedorowicz, J., Duff, K., Ruggle, A., Moser, D.J., and the PREDICT-HD Investigators of the HSG. (2012). Patterns of Serotonergic Antidepressant Usage in Prodromal Huntington Disease. Psychiatry Research, 196(2-3) 309-314. DOI: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.09.005. PMID: 22397915.
    • Downing N., Smith M.M., Beglinger L.J., Mills J., Duff K., Rowe K.C., Epping E., Paulsen J.S., and the PREDICT-HD Investigators of the HSG. (2012). Perceived Stress in Prodromal Huntington Disease. Psychology & Health, 27(2) 196-209. DOI: 10.1080/08870446.2010.529141. PMID: 21623544.
    • O’Rourke, J.J.F., Beglinger, L.J., Smith, M.R., Mills, J., Moser, D.J., Rowe, K.C., Langbehn, D.R., Duff, K., Stout, J.C., Harrington, D.L., Carlozzi, N., Paulsen, J.S., and the PREDICT-HD Investigators of the Huntington Study Group. (2010). Cognitive, Motor, and Psychiatric Contributions to the Trail Making Test in Prodromal Huntington Disease: Contributions of Disease Progression to Test Performance. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 33 (5) 567-579. DOI: 10.1080/13803395. 2010.541228. PMID: 21302170.
    • Rowe, K.C., Paulsen, J.S., Langbehn, D.R., Duff, K., Beglinger, L.J., Wang, C., O’Rourke, J.J.F., Stout, J., Moser, D.J., and the PREDICT-HD Investigators of the Huntington Study Group. (2010). Self-Paced Timing Detects and Tracks Change in Prodromal Huntington Disease. Neuropsychology, 24, 435-442. DOI: 10.1037/ a0018905. PMID: 20604618.

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