Kelly Bijanki, PhD


    Emory University Department of Neurosurgery

    Principal Investigator

    Laboratory for Behavioral Neuromodulation


    • BA, Truman State University, 2007
    • PhD, University of Iowa, 2011
    • Post-doctoral Fellowship, University of Iowa, 2014
    • Post-doctoral Fellowship, Emory University, 2016



    • 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.


    • 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
    • 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

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