Kevin Ochsner, Ph.D.

Kevin Ochsner directs the Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience (SCAN) Lab in the Columbia University Department of Psychology. He received a Ph.D. in psychology from Harvard and postdoctoral training at Stanford. Dr. Ochsner is a recipient of the Young Investigator Award from The Cognitive Neuroscience Society, Columbia University’s Lenfest Distinguished Faculty Award, and the APA New Investigator Award. His lab’s research has been funded by grants from private and public institutions, including the National Institutes for Mental Health (NIMH), Aging (NIA), Child Health and Development (NICHD), Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse (NIAAA). He has been an editor at various journals, helped found the Social and Affective Neuroscience Society (SANS) and has been president of the Society for Affective Science (SAS). In 2008 Kevin was identified as the most cited Assistant Professor in Social Psychology and in 2010 he was identified as 27th most cited Social Psychologist of all time, corrected for stage of career. The author of more than 100 scientific articles and editor of two books, the SCAN lab’s work continues to be among the most cited in Social Psychology and Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. Dr. Ochsner serves the Conte Center for Suicide Prevention as the Leader of Project 4, “Cognitive Phenotype Neural Circuitry in Vivo in Mood Disorders and Suicidal Behavior”.

Research Focus

The SCAN lab studies the behavioral and brain bases of emotion, self-control, and person perception across the lifespan and in various forms of psychiatric and substance abuse.

Select Publications

1. Schneck, N., Tu, T., Falcone, H. R., Miller, J. M., Zanderigo, F., Sublette, M. E., Oquendo, M. A., Stanley, B., Burke, A., Ochsner, K., Sajda, P., & John Mann, J. (2021). Large-scale network dynamics in neural response to emotionally negative stimuli linked to serotonin 1A binding in major depressive disorder. Molecular psychiatry26(6), 2393–2401.

2. Meyer, M. L., Davachi, L., Ochsner, K. N. & Lieberman, M. D. (in press). Evidence that default network connectivity during rest consolidates social information. Cerebral Cortex.

3. Cohen, N., & Ochsner, K. N. (2018). The emerging science of emotion regulation training. Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences, 24, 143-155.

4. Dore, B. P., Rodrik, O., Boccagno, C., Hubbard, A., Weber, J., Stanley, B., Oquendo, M. A.; Sublette, M. E., Mann, J.J. & Ochsner, K. N. (2018). Negative Autobiographical Memory in Depression Reflects Elevated Amygdala-Hippocampal Reactivity and Hippocampally Associated Emotion Regulation. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging, 3(4), 358-366.  PMID: 29628068

5. Rubin-Falcone, H., Weber, J., Kishon, R., Ochsner, K., Delaparte, L., Dore, B., Miller, J. M. (2018). Longitudinal effects of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression on the neural correlates of emotion regulation. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 82-90.