Ryan Bogdan

Ryan Bogdan

​Associate Professor of Psychological & Brain Sciences
PhD, Harvard University
MA, Santa Clara University
BS, Santa Clara University

contact info:

mailing address:

  • Washington University
    CB 1125
    One Brookings Drive
    St. Louis, MO 63130-4899

​Ryan Bogdan’s research examines how genomic variation and environmental experience contribute to individual differences in neural phenotypes, behavior, and psychopathology (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance use disorders).

Bogdan is particularly interested in understanding how differences emerge in reward and threat processing, as well as stress responsiveness, and the role of these factors in the development of psychopathology (e.g., depression, anxiety, substance use disorders). Within this work, is a focus on how early life adversity and later stress exposure shape risk for mental and physical health outcomes through gene expression, stress hormone and inflammation signaling, as well as brain structure and function. He uses a variety of methods including molecular genetics, GWAS, fMRI, EEG/ERP, pharmacologic challenge, twin studies, behavioral assessment, endocrine and inflammation assays, and self-report in both healthy and clinical populations across the lifespan.

Selected Publications

  • Baranger DAA, Demers CH, Elsayed NM, Knodt AR, Radtke SR, Desmarais A, Agrawal A, Heath AC, Barch DM, Sequeglia LM, Williamson DE, Hariri AR, Bogdan R. (in press). Convergent evidence for predispositonal effects of brain volume on alcohol consumption. Biological Psychiatry
  • Fine JD, Moreau AL, Karcher NR, Agrawal A, Rogers CE, Barch DM, Bogdan R. (2019). Association of prenatal cannabis exposure with psychosis proneness among children in the adolescent brain cognitive development (ABCD) study. JAMA Psychiatry, 76, 762-764. 
  • Paul SE, Boudreaux MJ, Bondy E, Tackett JL, Oltmanns TF, Bogdan R. (2019). The intergenerational transmission of childhood maltreatment: Non-specificity of maltreatment type and associations with borderline personality pathology. Development and Psychopathology, 31, 1157-1171. 
  • Bogdan R, Baranger DAA, Agrawal A. (2018). Polygenic risk scores in clinical psychology: Bridging genomic risk to individual differences. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 14, 119-157.  
  • Carey CE, Agrawal A, Bucholz KK, Hartz SM, Lynskey MT, Nelson EC, Bierut LJ, Bogdan R. (2016). Associations between polygenic risk for psychiatric disorders and substance involvement. Frontiers in Genetics, 7, 149.