Hilary Blumberg, MD, BA

John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience and Professor of Psychiatry, and in the Child Study Center and of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging; Director, Mood Disorders Research Program

Departments & Organizations

Psychiatry: Division of Women's Behavioral Health Research | Mood Disorders Research Program | Neuroscience Research Training Program (NRTP) | Psychotherapy Development Center | Stress & Addiction Clinical Research Program

Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program

Obesity Research Working Group

WHRY Pilot Project Program Investigators

Yale Medicine

Office of Cooperative Research


Dr. Hilary Patricia Blumberg is the John and Hope Furth Professor of Psychiatric Neuroscience, Professor of Psychiatry, Radiology and Biomedical Imaging and in the Child Center, and Director of the Mood Disorders Research Program, at the Yale School of Medicine. She graduated summa cum laude in neuroscience from Harvard University and completed her medical degree, psychiatry training and specialty training in brain scanning research at Cornell University Medical College. Dr. Blumberg’s research is devoted to understanding the brain circuitry differences that underlie mood disorders across the lifespan, with a focus on bipolar disorder. She directs the Mood Disorders Research Program at Yale that brings together a multi-disciplinary group of scientists to study the genetic, developmental and environmental factors that cause mood disorders to develop new methods for early detection, more effective interventions, and prevention of the disorders and their associated high risk for suicide. This research includes the use of new state-of-the-art brain scanning methods. The program is also known for training young scientists to be new leaders in the field. Dr. Blumberg has served as principal investigator on awards from the National Institute of Mental Health, National Institute on Drug Abuse, Department of Veterans Affairs, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, International Bipolar Disorder Foundation, For the Love of Travis Foundation, MQ Foundation, Stanley Medical Research Institute and Women’s Health Research at Yale. She has received numerous awards including the 2017 Brain and Behavior Foundation Colvin Prize for Research Achievement in Mood Disorders and the 2018 American Psychiatric Association Blanche F. Ittleson Award for outstanding and published research in child and adolescent psychiatry. She is a fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and Society of Biological Psychiatry.

Education & Training

MD Cornell University Medical College (1990)
BA Harvard University, Neuroscience (1986)
Research Fellow Cornell University, Weill Medical College
Internship and Residency Cornell Unversity Medical College/New York Hospital

Honors & Recognition

  • Blanche F. Ittleson Award in recognition of outstanding and published research in child and adolescent psychiatryAmerican Psychiatric Association (APA) (2018)

  • Colvin Prize for Achievement in Mood Disorder ResearchBrain and Behavior Foundation (2017)

  • MemberAmerican College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2010)

  • FellowAmerican Psychiatric Association (2009)

  • Klerman Award for Outstanding Clinical ResearchNational Alliance for Research in Schizophrenia and Depression (NARSAD) (2006)

  • MemberSociety of Biological Psychiatry (2006)

  • Independent Investigator AwardNARSAD (2006)

  • Young Investigator AwardNARSAD (2002)

  • Investigator AwardWomen's Health Research at Yale (2002)

  • Career Development AwardDepartment of Veterans Affairs (2001)

  • Research AwardStanley Medical Institute (1999)

Professional Service

  • National Institute of Mental Health (2009 - 2013) National Institute of Mental Health, Study Section Member, Interventions Committee for Disorders Involving Children and Their Families (ITVC) Study Section

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Hilary Blumberg, MD, BA
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300 George St

New Haven, CT 06511

Mood Disorders Research Program

Brain Differences in Adolescents and Young Adults with Bipolar Disorder with Past Suicide Attempts

These images, from Johnston et al, American Journal of Psychiatry, 2017, display regions of the brain important in emotional regulation where adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder who made suicide attempts showed decreases, compared to adolescents and young adults with bipolar disorder who did not make attempts. The top left image shows a region of decreased gray matter in ventral prefrontal cortex, the top right image shows a region of decreased functioning in ventral prefrontal cortex and the lower image shows regions of decreases in the structural integrity of white matter in connections from the ventral prefrontal cortex.