University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ayşenil Belger-Arcasoy is a brain scientist. She is Professor and Director of Neuroimaging Research in Psychiatry, and Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and at the Duke-UNC Brain Imaging and Analysis Center. After completing her B.S. in Psychology at Ege University in Izmir, Turkey, and her MA and PhD in Physiological Psychology at The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, Ayse pursued post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine, Department of Neurosurgery and Biophysics, Biochemistry and Biomedical Engineering, where she was an Assistant Professor until her move to UNC-CH. Her research focuses on understanding the brain circuits underlying attention, emotion and decision making, and how these circuits break down in neuropsychiatric and neuro-development disorders such as schizophrenia and autism.
She is particularly interested in understanding the development of the adolescent brain, and how nature/nurture interactions provide particular vulnerability to individuals who develop schizophrenia or autism. Her most recent research projects have focused on brain abnormalities in young children with autism and children, adolescents and adults at genetic risk for schizophrenia.
In addition to her research program, Dr. Belger also teaches courses to residents, fellows, graduate and undergraduate students on brain function and development, both at the University of North Carolina and at Duke University. She has authored numerous articles relating to her field of expertise and served on numerous boards of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and Society for Biological Psychiatry.