Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York, where she also completed her NIMH post-doctoral fellowship. She 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. She is also interested in the neural basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity.

Dr. Berlin is a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and was a Visiting Professor at Vassar College, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology/University of Zurich, and The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. She is the recipient of numerous honors including the Young Investigator Award from the American Neuropsychiatric Association, the International Neuropsychological Society Phillip M. Rennick Award, the Young Investigator Award from the National Education Alliance for Borderline Personality Disorder, and the Clifford Yorke Prize from the International Neuropsychoanalysis Society. She was honored as one of Stony Brook University’s “40 Under Forty”, and won the 2015 BBC Christmas University Challenge as part of the Magdalen College, Oxford team.

Passionate about science communication, Dr. Berlin is a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange, and host of the PBS series Science Goes to the Movies, and the Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown. She co-hosted the critically acclaimed comedy show Off the Top, about the neuroscience of improvisation, at the 2015 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has made numerous media appearances including on the BBC, History Channel, Netflix, StarTalk with Neil deGrasse Tyson, and TEDx. Dr. Berlin received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and Master of Public Health from Harvard University.