Dr. Berlin explores interactions of the human brain and mind with the goal of contributing to improved treatment and prevention of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric and neurological disorders.

Using neurocognitive tests and neuroimaging (e.g., fMRI, DTI) she investigates the brain basis of impulsivity, compulsivity, and emotion in psychiatric patients and neurological patients with traumatic brain injury. She specializes in the functions of the orbitofrontal and dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and their role in decision-making, sensitivity to reward and punishment and time perception, and the insula and its relationship to disgust and body awareness.

She has been involved in experimental trials of deep brain stimulation for treatment for obsessive-compulsive disorder and is keenly interested in the neural basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity.


Paulson S, Berlin HA, Miller CB, Shermer M (2016). The moral animal: virtue, vice, and human nature. Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences. (pdf)

Berlin HA (2016). Communicating Science: Lessons from Film. Trends in Immunology. 37(4):256-60. (pdf)

Goldstein, K. E., Berlin, HA, Hamilton, H. K., Mitsis, E. M., McClure, M. M., Savage, K. R., Blair, N. J., Feder, M. R., Siever, L. J., New, A. S., Hazlett, E. A. (2016). Cognitive and Mood Functioning in Borderline and Schizotypal Personality Disorders. Psychology. 7: 292-299. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Schulz K, Zhang S, Turetzky R, Rosenthal D, Goodman W (2015). Neural Correlates of Emotional Response Inhibition in Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A Preliminary Study. Psychiatry Research: Imaging. 234(2):259-64 (pdf)

Reid RC, Berlin HA, Kingston D (2015). Sexual Impulsivity in Hypersexual Men. Current Behavioral Neuroscience Reports. 2:1–8. (pdf)

Lapidus KAB, Stern ER, Berlin HA, Goodman WK (2014). Neuromodulation for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Neurotherapeutics. 11(3):485-95 (pdf)

Hildebrandt T, Langenbucher JW, Flores A, Harty S, Berlin HA. (2014). The Influence of Age of Onset and Acute Anabolic Steroid Exposure on Cognitive Performance, Impulsivity, and Aggression in Men. Psychol Addict Behav. (pdf)

Berlin HA (2013). The Brainstem Begs the Question: “Petitio Principii”. Neuropsychoanalysis. 15(1): 25-29. (pdf)

Hedrick AN, Berlin HA (2012). Implicit self-esteem in borderline personality and depersonalization disorder. Frontiers of Consciousness Research, 3(91):1-8. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Braun A, Simeon D, Koran L, Potenza M, McElroy S, Fong T, Pallanti S, Hollander E (2011). A double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of topiramate for pathological gambling. World Journal of Biological Psychiatry. 14(2):121-8. (pdf)

Berlin HA (2011). The neural basis of the dynamic unconscious. Neuropsychoanalysis, 13(1):5-31. (pdf)

Goldstein KE, Hazlett EA, Savage KR, Berlin HA, Hamilton HK, Zelmanova Y, Look AE, Koenigsberg HW, Mitsis EM, Tang CY, McNamara M, Siever LJ, Cohen BH, New AS (2011). Dorso- and ventro-lateral prefrontal volume and spatial working memory in schizotypal personality disorder. Behavioral Brain Research, 218:335-340. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Koran LM, Jenike MA, Shapira NA, Chaplin W, Pallanti S, Hollander E (2010). Double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of topiramate for obsessive compulsive disorder. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry. 72(5):716-21. (pdf)

Dell’Osso B, Berlin HA, Serati M, Altamura AC (2010). Neuropsychobiological Aspects, Comorbidity Patterns and Dimensional Models in Borderline Personality Disorder. Neuropsychobiology. 61:169–179. (pdf)

Altamura AC, Dell’Osso B, Berlin HA, Buoli M, Colombo F (2009). Duration of untreated illness and suicide in bipolar disorder: A naturalistic study. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience. 260(5):385-91. (pdf)

Fineberg NA, Potenza M, Chamberlain SR, Berlin HA, Menzies L, Bechara A, Sahakian B, Robbins TW, Bullmore E, Hollander E (2009). Probing compulsive and impulsive behaviours, from animal models to endophenotypes: a narrative review. Neuropsychopharmacology. 35: 591–604. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Koch C (2009). Neuroscience meets psychoanalysis. Scientific American Mind, pp.16-19 (non peer-reviewed) (pdf)

Dell’Osso B, Camuri G, Berlin HA, Serati M, Altamura AC (2009). [A dimensional approach to borderline personality disorder]. Italian J of Psychopathology, 15:48-63. (pdf)

Hollander E, Buchsbaum MS, Haznedar MM, Berenguer J, Berlin HA, Chaplin W, Goodman CR, Licalzi EM, Newmark R, Pallanti S (2008). FDG-PET Study in Pathological Gamblers. Lithium Increases Orbitofrontal, Dorsolateral and Cingulate Metabolism. Neuropsychobiology, 58(1):37-47. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Hamilton H, Hollander E (2008). Experimental therapeutics for obsessive compulsive disorder: Translational approaches and new somatic developments. Mount Sinai Journal of Medicine, 75(3):174-203. (pdf)

Berlin HA (2008). Antiepileptic drugs for the treatment of impulsivity. Current Psychiatry Reviews, 4(3) 114-136. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Hollander E (2008). Understanding the differences between impulsivity and compulsivity. Psychiatric Times, 25 (8). (pdf)

Berlin HA (2007). Anticonvulsant drugs for the treatment of post-traumatic stress disorder. Current Psychiatry Reports, 9 (4): 291-300. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Rolls ET, Iversen SD (2005). Borderline personality disorder, impulsivity, and the orbitofrontal cortex. American Journal of Psychiatry, 162(12):2360-73. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Rolls ET, Kischka U (2004). Impulsivity, time perception, emotion, and reinforcement sensitivity in patients with orbitofrontal cortex lesions. Brain, 127: 1108-1126. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Rolls ET (2004). Time perception, impulsivity, emotionality, and personality in self-harming Borderline Personality Disorder patients. Journal of Personality Disorders, 18(4): 358-378. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Montgomery J (2016). Neural basis of intrapsychic and unconscious conflict and repetition compulsion. In: Psychoanalytic Perspectives on Conflict. C Christian, MN Eagle and DL Wolitzky (editors), Routledge. (pdf)

Kirsch J, Simeon D, Berlin HA, Hollander E (2015). Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders: Intermittent Explosive Disorder, Kleptomania, and Pyromania. In: A Tasman, J Kay, J Lieberman, MB First, M Maj (Eds). Psychiatry, 4th Ed., Wiley, West Sussex, UK. (pdf)

Lapidus K, Stern E, Berlin HA, Goodman, W (2013). Functional Neuroimaging and Models for OCD and OC Spectrum Disorders. In: Obsessive Compulsive Disorder and its Spectrum Across the Lifespan. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Publishing. (pdf)

Hollander E, Berlin HA, Stein D (2011). Impulse-control disorders not elsewhere classified. In: RE Hales, SC Yudofsky, GO Gabbard (Eds). Essentials in Psychiatry. Arlington VA. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc., 271-92. (pdf)

Dell’Osso B, Berlin HA, Serati M, Altamura AC (2009). Neuropsychobiology, comorbidity and dimensional models in Borderline Personality Disorder: Critical Issues for Treatment. In: MH Jackson, LF Westbrook (Eds). Borderline Personality Disorder: New Research. New York, NY, Nova Science Publishers, Inc. pp 59-79. (pdf)

Hollander E, Berlin HA (2008). Neuropsychiatric aspects of aggression and impulse-control disorders. In: SC Yudofsky, RE Hales (Eds). The American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Neuropsychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences, Fifth Edition. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. pp 535–565. (pdf)

Hollander E, Berlin HA (2008). Impulse-control disorders measures. In: AJ Rush, MB First, D Blacker (Eds).  Handbook of Psychiatric Measures, Second Edition. Washington, DC, American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. pp 667-686. (pdf)

Berlin HA, Hollander E (2008). Antiepileptic drugs in the treatment of impulsivity and aggression and impulse control and cluster B personality disorders. In: SL McElroy, PE Keck, R Post (Eds). Antiepileptic Drugs in Psychiatry, Informa Healthcare: New York. (pdf)

Hollander E, Berlin HA, Stein D (2008). Impulse-control disorders not elsewhere classified. In: RE Hales, SC Yudofsky, GO Gabbard (Eds). American Psychiatric Publishing Textbook of Psychiatry, 5th Ed. American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc, Arlington VA. (pdf)

Simeon D, Berlin HA (2007). Impulse-Control Disorders. In: A Tasman, J Kay, J Lieberman, MB First, M Maj (Eds). Psychiatry, 3rd Ed., Wiley, West Sussex, UK. (pdf)