Layla Banihashemi, PhD

Layla Banihashemi, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Bioengineering

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh
Functional Neuroimaging of Stress Reactivity, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
Cardiovascular Behavior Medicine, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine

Professional Affiliations

Member, Society of Biological Psychiatry
Member, American Psychosomatic Society
Member, International Congress of Infant Studies

Selected Honors & Awards

Top Poster Award, Society of Biological Psychiatry
MacLean Scholar Award, American Psychosomatic Society

Research Interests

Stress-related neural circuitry; Childhood threat and deprivation; Infant neurodevelopment and emotionality
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Sha Z & Banihashemi L. Integrative omics analysis identifies differential biological pathways that are associated with regional grey matter volume changes in major depressive disorder. 2020, Psychological Medicine, 1-12. doi:10.1017/S0033291720002676
  2. Banihashemi, L, Bertocci, MA, Alkhars, HM, Versace, A, Northrup JB, Lee, VK, Schmithorst, VJ, Samolyk, A, Taylor, M, English, GE, Stiffler, RS, Aslam, HA, Bonar, L, Panigrahy, A, Hipwell, AE, Phillips, ML (2020). Limbic white matter structural integrity at 3 months prospectively predicts negative emotionality in 9-month-old infants: a preliminary study. Journal of Affective Disorders, 273, 538-541. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jad.2020.04.029
  3. Banihashemi, L, Peng, CW, Verstynen, T, et al. Opposing relationships of childhood threat and deprivation with stria terminalis white matter. Hum Brain Mapp. 2021; 1 16. https://doi.org/10.1002/hbm.25378
  4. Banihashemi L, Wallace M, Sheu L, Lee MC, Gianaros PJ, Mackenzie R, Insana S, Germain A, Herringa R. Childhood Maltreatment Moderates the Effect of Combat Exposure on Cingulum Structural Integrity. Development and Psychopathology. 2017 Dec;29(5):1735-1747. PubMed PMID: 29162178; PubMed Central PMCID.
  5. Banihashemi L, Sheu LK, Midei AJ, Gianaros PJ. Childhood physical abuse predicts stressor-evoked activity within central visceral control regions. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2015 Apr;10(4):474-85. PubMed PMID: 24847113; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC4381229.

Clinical Interests

Mood and anxiety disorders; Trauma-related disorders; Childhood adversity

Education Interests

Research mentorship; Graduate student education; Medical student education