Heather Berlin

Heather Berlin

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Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist, licensed clinical psychologist, and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She explores interactions of the human brain and mind with the goal of contributing to improved treatment and prevention of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric disorders. She also specializes in blending her neural perspective with cognitive behavioral therapy response prevention, mindfulness, and humanistic approaches. Dr. Berlin is passionate about public outreach and science communication, and is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity. She is a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and Board Member of The Neuropsychoanalysis Foundation. She was a Visiting Professor at Vassar College, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology/University of Zurich, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She has published over 40 peer-reviewed articles and chapters in textbooks and high-impact journals.

Professional Experience

Academic History


  • Dr. Berlin conducts research to better understand the neural basis of impulsivity, compulsivity, and emotion with the goal of more targeted treatment.

  • She employs neuroimaging and neuropsychological and psychopharmacological testing of brain lesions and compulsive, impulsive, and personality disorder patients.

  • She has conducted clinical research at hospitals in both the US and UK including Bellevue Hospital and the Institute of Psychiatry in London.



  • She has made numerous media appearances including the History Channel, BBC World Service, World Science Festival, StarTalk Radio with Neil deGrasse Tyson, One World with Deepak Chopra, and TEDx.

  • She is a presenter on the Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown and co-host of the CUNY TV series Science Goes to the Movies.

  • She was also featured in the documentary film Bill Nye: Science Guy. 


  • 2011 Presentation Award, Translational Molecular Imaging Institute Annual Symposium

  • 2010 Clifford Yorke Prize, International Neuropsychoanalysis Society

  • 2008 Symposium Fellow and Travel Award, Health Emotions Research Institute

  • 2008 Phillip M. Rennick Award, International Neuropsychological Society

  • 2007 CDI Travel Award, American College of Psychopharmacology Annual Meeting

  • 2007 New York Academy of Sciences Fellowship

  • 2006 Young Investigator Award, American Neuropsychiatric Association

  • 2006 Young Investigator Award, National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder

  • 2004 Harvard University Fellowship Award

  • 2002 Oppenheim Scholarship, Magdalen College, Oxford

  • 2000, British Council Overseas Research Scholarship