Erin A. Hazlett, PhD - MIRECC / CoE
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Erin A. Hazlett, PhD

Dr. Hazlett has a 5-year Research Career Scientist Award from Clinical Science Research and Development (CSR&D) which supports her full-time VA position. She is a member of the Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center (MIRECC VISN 2) at the James J. Peters VA Medical Center (JJPVA). Dr. Hazlett is also a professor in the Departments of Psychiatry and Neuroscience at Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS). She is the Director of the Cognitive Psychophysiology Laboratory within both the Department of Psychiatry at ISMMS and the MIRECC at the JJPVA. Dr. Hazlett conducts collaborative clinical research using the new JJPVA state-of-the-art 3T Siemens Skyra magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scanner and also mentors MIRECC Advanced Psychology Fellows on cutting-edge clinical neuroimaging research.

Dr. Hazlett conducts multidisciplinary clinical research using neuroimaging and psychophysiological approaches to examine the neurobiology of psychiatric illness. She primarily examines the neurobiology of attention and emotion processing abnormalities in schizophrenia spectrum disorders, personality disorders, and major depressive disorder. She has received funding for her research from the Department of Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense, National Institutes of Mental Health, and private foundations (e.g., Brain & Behavior Research Foundation). Her current two VA Merit Award grants employ functional and structural fMRI and/or psychophysiology to examine emotion regulation and impulsivity in Veterans at low and high risk for suicide with and without mild traumatic brain injury (mTBI).

Research Interests

Schizophrenia, schizotypal personality disorder, borderline personality disorder, depression, suicidal behavior, fMRI, diffusion tensor imaging, psychophysiology


VA CSR&D Research Career Scientist Award Application (2018-2023).
Role: Principal investigator. Funding source: VA.

Neurobiology of Affective Instability in Veterans at Low and High Risk for Suicide (2017-2022).
Role: Principal investigator. Funding source: VA.

Longitudinal Neuroimaging and Neurocognitive Assessment of Risk and Protective Factors Across the Schizophrenia Spectrum (2019-2024).
Role: Principal Investigator. MPI: Szeszko. Funding source: NIMH.

CTBI: Traumatic Brain Injury-Induced Inflammation Effects on Cognitive Evaluations and Response Inhibition: Mechanisms of Increased Risk for Suicidality (2019-2023).
Role: Principal Investigator. MPI: Goodman. Funding source: VA.

Group (“Project Life Force”) vs. Individual Suicide Safety Planning RCT (2018-2023).
Role: Co-Investigator. PI: Goodman. Funding source: VA.

Predicting Suicidal Behavior in Veterans with Bipolar Disorder Using Behavioral and Neuroimaging Based Impulsivity Phenotypes (2020-2024).
Role: Co-Investigator. PI: Szeszko. Funding source: VA.

Reward Processing and Depressive Subtypes: Identifying Neural Biotypes Related to Suicide Risk, Resilience, and Treatment Response (2020-2023).
Role: Co-Investigator & Mentor. PI: Fryer. Funding source: VA.

Mapping treatment components to targets in Dialectical Behavior Therapy (2020-2022).
Role: Co-Investigator. PI: Dixon-Gordon. Funding source: NIMH.

Training the next generation of clinical neuroscientists (2020-2025).
Role: Mentor. PI: Kahn. Funding source: NIMH.

Publications (Selected)

A full list of Dr. Hazlett’s publications can be found here.

Dr. Hazlett’s five most recent publications (of >165) are listed below. Asterisk (*) denotes Fellow/junior faculty that Dr. Hazlett is supervising.

Hazlett EA. Section on Schizotypal Personality Disorder. In: (M First, Ed. & M Zimmerman, Section Ed.) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (Fifth Edition; DSM-5-TR) (under revision). American Psychiatric Association, Washington, DC.

*Edwards ER, Rose NLJ, Gromatsky M, Feinberg A, Kimhy D, Doucette JT, Goodman M, McClure MM, Perez-Rodriguez MM, New AS, & Hazlett EA. (in press). Alexithymia, affective lability, impulsivity, and early life trauma in borderline personality disorder. J Personality Dis.

*Goldstein KE, Feinberg A, Szeszko J, New AS, Haznedar MM, Chu KW, Tang CY, & Hazlett EA. (in press). Amygdala habituation deficits specific to borderline personality disorder patients with suicidal behavior. J Personality Dis.

*Edwards ER, Gromatsky M, Sissoko DRG, Geraci J, Hazlett EA, & Goodman M. (in press). Arrest history and psychopathology among Veterans at risk for suicide. Psychol Serv. PMID: 33119341.

*Gromatsky M, Edwards E, Goodman M, & Hazlett EA. (in press). Distinguishing Veterans with suicidal ideation from suicide attempt history: The role of emotion reactivity. Suicide Life-Threat Behav.



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