Damien Fair, PhD

Professor, Department of Pediatrics

E-MAIL: [email protected]

Research Interests:

The Fair laboratory focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of this work uses functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity MRI to assess typical and atypical populations. A second focus has become testing the feasibility of using various functional and structural MRI techniques in translational studies of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism). We are exploring ways to better characterize individual patients with these psychopathologies to help guide future diagnostic, therapeutic and genetic studies.


  • Papadakis S, Thompson JR, Feczko E, Miranda-Dominguez O, Dunn GA, Selby M, Mitchell AJ, Sullivan EL, Fair DA. Perinatal western-style diet exposure associated with decreased microglial counts throughout the arcuate nucleus of the hypothalamus in Japanese macaques. J Neurophysiol. 2024 Jan 10. doi: 10.1152/jn.00213.2023.
  • Marr MC, Graham AM, Feczko E, Nolvi S, Thomas E, Sturgeon D, Schifsky E, Rasmussen JM, Gilmore JH, Styner M, Entringer S, Wadhwa PD, Korja R, Karlsson H, Karlsson L, Buss C, Fair DA. Maternal perinatal stress trajectories and negative affect and amygdala development in offspring. Am J Psychiatry. 2023 Oct 1;180(10):766-777. 
  • Nigg JT, Karalunas SL, Mooney MA, Wilmot B, Nikolas MA, Martel MM, Tipsord J, Nousen EK, Schmitt C, Ryabinin P, Musser ED, Nagel BJ, Fair DA. The Oregon ADHD-1000: A new longitudinal data resource enriched for clinical cases and multiple levels of analysis. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 2023 Apr;60:101222. 
  • Brucar LR, Feczko E, Fair DA, Zilverstand A. Current approaches in computational psychiatry for the data-driven identification of brain-based subtypes. Biol Psychiatry. 2023 Apr 15;93(8):704-716. 
  • Graham AM, Marr M, Buss C, Sullivan EL, Fair DA. Understanding vulnerability and adaptation in early brain development using network neuroscience. Trends Neurosci. 2021 Apr;44(4):276-288. 
  • Fair DA, Yeo BTT. Precision neuroimaging opens a new chapter of neuroplasticity experimentation. Neuron. 2020 Aug 5;107(3):401-403. 
  • Satterthwaite TD, Feczko E, Kaczkurkin AN, Fair DA. Parsing psychiatric heterogeneity through common and unique circuit-level deficits. Biol Psychiatry. 2020 Jul 1;88(1):4-5. 
  • Nigg JT, Karalunas SL, Feczko E, Fair DA. Toward a revised nosology for attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder heterogeneity. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2020 Aug;5(8):726-737. 

Current Graduate Students

Vanessa Morgan (Neuroscience, University of Minnesota)

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