Amanda J. Price, Ph.D.

Program Officer

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Amanda J. Price, Ph.D., is the director of the Cognitive Development, Behavioral Neuroscience, and Psychobiology Program within CDBB. This extramural research program focuses on the molecular, genetic, cellular, and structural mechanisms in the brain that underly typical and atypical behavioral and cognitive development in humans and animal models. 

Dr. Price first joined NICHD in 2019 as a science and technology policy fellow for the American Association for the Advancement of Science. She contributed to trans-NIH efforts, including the Blueprint for Neuroscience Research and the Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative, on projects related to neuroimaging challenges across populations and settings, measuring brain circuitry across the human lifespan and mapping mammalian brain connectivity at scale.

Prior to joining NICHD, she completed a postdoctoral research fellowship at the Lieber Institute for Brain Development in Baltimore. Her work measured epigenomic and transcriptomic changes that occur during human brain development in cell populations isolated from postmortem brain tissue. This research focused on understanding better the relevant cell types and potential timing of action of genetic risk for schizophrenia, an adult-onset psychiatric disease thought to arise from perturbed developmental processes in early life. Her work has been published in Genome Biology, Genome Research, and Molecular Psychiatry.

Dr. Price holds a B.S. in molecular biology and B.A. in psychology from Stetson University in DeLand, Florida, and a Ph.D. in human genetics from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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