About Heather Berlin

Dr. Heather Berlin is a cognitive neuroscientist and Professor of Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. She is also a Visiting Scholar at the New York Psychoanalytic Society and Institute and practices clinical neuropsychology at New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical College in the Department of Neurological Surgery. She explores the neural basis of impulsive and compulsive psychiatric and neurological disorders with aim of developing novel treatments. She is also interested in the brain basis of consciousness, dynamic unconscious processes, and creativity.

Passionate about science communication and promoting women in STEM, Berlin is a committee member of the National Academy of Sciences’ Science and Entertainment Exchange, and The New York Times TimesTalks. She is host of the PBS series Science Goes to the Movies, and the Discovery Channel series Superhuman Showdown, and co-wrote and stars in the critically acclaimed off-Broadway and Edinburgh Fringe Festival show, Off the Top, about the neuroscience of improvisation. Berlin has made numerous media appearances including on the BBC, History Channel, Netflix, StarTalk, and TEDx. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Oxford and Master of Public Health from Harvard University.