Director of Sackler Institute for Developmental Psychobiology
Professor of Developmental Psychobiology
Casey is the Sackler Professor of Developmental Psychobiology and Director of the Sacker Institute at Weill Cornell Medical College in New York City where she holds appointments in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience and an adjunct appointment at The Rockefeller University. Casey is a world leader in human neuroimaging and its use in typical and atypical development. She skillfully uses brain imaging to uniquely examine developmental transitions across the life span, especially during the period of adolescence. Her work is grounded in translational studies from genetically altered mice to humans to patients, developing models for several mental heath problems that affect millions of young people today. Her studies have begun to inform when and how to target treatments to the individual based on age and genetic profile (i.e., precision medicine) and her discoveries have been highlighted by NPR, PBS, New York Times, Wall Street Journal and National Geographic and have implications for juvenile justice and mental health policy reform.
Casey has served on several advisory boards including the NIMH Board of Scientific Counselors and NIMH Council, the Scientific Advisory Board for NARSAD, the Advisory Board for the Human Connectome Project- Life Span Study, the National Research Council Board of Children, Youth and Families, and National Research Council and Institute of Medicine committees of the National Academies on the Science of Adolescent Risk Taking, Assessing Juvenile Justice Reform, and Sports Related Concussions in Youth. She has received funding from the NIMH, NIDA and NICHD, NSF, the John Merck Fund, the Dana Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation. She has been asked to present her work on the adolescent brain to congressional staff on Capital Hill, to the Washington State Supreme Court and to federal judges around the country. She is the recipient of numerous awards including an honorary doctorate from Utrecht University in The Netherlands and author of nearly 200 publications. Casey is someone who takes the training of the next generation of scientists as seriously as her own research, for which she is passionate.