Dr. Katharine Dunlop is a scientist at the Centre for Depression and Suicide Studies, and an Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Toronto. Dr. Dunlop received her PhD in Medical Science in 2018 at the University of Toronto, Institute of Medical Science, as a CIHR Vanier Scholar. She also completed a postdoctoral fellowship in neuroscience as a CIHR Banting Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine in 2021.
Dr. Dunlop uses cognitive science, human structural and functional neuroimaging, and non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation) to investigate the biological underpinnings of inter-individual variability in behaviour and symptomatology, treatment response, and predictors of symptom improvement. Her current research program aims: (1) to develop circuit-based models of symptom-specific antidepressant response, with a focus on glutamatergic modulation, psychosocial stress and reward processing; (2) to investigate the structural, functional and behavioural factors that influence non-invasive brain stimulation-evoked brain activity and plasticity; and (3) to translate this knowledge into clinical practice to aid in diagnosis and treatment selection.