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Geoffrey Hall is a Professor in the Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour at McMaster University and Associate member of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neuroscience .

He is a research scientist associated with the Imaging Research Centre, at St. Joseph's Healthcare, Hamilton, a cabinet member of the Offord Centre for Child Studies, and a core member of the McMaster Institute for Music & the Mind. In addition, Dr. Hall is the Program Director of the newly established Research and Clinical Training PhD Graduate Stream.

His interests broadly encompass the neurological foundations of human emotion and cognition, with a particular focus on neurodevelopmental disorders and psychopathology. Central to this work is the development of novel experimental and theoretical tools that lead to a deeper understanding of how emotion and cognition are mapped onto the developing brain, and how underlying neural systems aggregate into functionally connected networks. His research places an emphasis on the development of strong validated behavioural paradigms and draws upon a range of imaging methodologies, including functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Magnetic Resonance Spectroscopy, Diffusion Tensor Imaging, MRI Cortical Thickness & Volumetry, Positron Tomography and Electroencephalography.

Featured Publications

Tatham EL, Hall GB, Clark D, Foster J, Ramasubbu R. The 5-HTTLPR and BDNF polymorphisms moderate the association between uncinate fasciculus connectivity and antidepressants treatment response in major depression. Eur Arch Psychiatry Clin Neurosci. 2016 Jun 8. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27277475.

Schmaal L, Hibar DP, Sämann PG, Hall GB, Baune BT, Jahanshad N, Cheung JW, van Erp TG, Bos D, Ikram MA, Vernooij MW, Niessen WJ, Tiemeier H, Hofman A, Wittfeld K, Grabe HJ, Janowitz D, Bülow R, Selonke M, Völzke H, Grotegerd D, Dannlowski U, Arolt V, Opel N, Heindel W, Kugel H, Hoehn D, Czisch M, Couvy-Duchesne B, Rentería ME, Strike LT, Wright MJ, Mills NT, de Zubicaray GI, McMahon KL, Medland SE, Martin NG, Gillespie NA, Goya-Maldonado R, Gruber O, Krämer B, Hatton SN, Lagopoulos J, Hickie IB, Frodl T, Carballedo A, Frey EM, van Velzen LS, Penninx BW, van Tol MJ, van der Wee NJ, Davey CG, Harrison BJ, Mwangi B, Cao B, Soares JC, Veer IM, Walter H, Schoepf D, Zurowski B, Konrad C, Schramm E, Normann C, Schnell K, Sacchet MD, Gotlib IH, MacQueen GM, Godlewska BR, Nickson T, McIntosh AM, Papmeyer M, Whalley HC, Hall J, Sussmann JE, Li M, Walter M, Aftanas L, Brack I, Bokhan NA, Thompson PM, Veltman DJ. Cortical abnormalities in adults and adolescents with major depression based on brain scans from 20 cohorts worldwide in the ENIGMA Major Depressive Disorder Working Group. Mol Psychiatry. 2016 May [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 27137745.

Hanford LC, Sassi RB, Minuzzi L, Hall GB. Cortical thickness in symptomatic and asymptomatic bipolar offspring. Psychiatry Res. 2016 May 30;251:26-33. doi: 10.1016/j.pscychresns.2016.04.007. Epub 2016 Apr 13. PubMed PMID: 27107808.

Hanford LC, Sassi RB, Hall GB. (2016) Accuracy of emotion labeling in children of parents diagnosed with bipolar disorder. J Affect Disord. 2016 Apr;194:226-33. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2016.01.031. Epub Jan 20. PubMed PMID: 26874055.

Schmaal L, et al. (2015). Subcortical brain alterations in major depressive disorder: findings from the ENIGMA Major Depressive Disorder working group. Molecular Psychiatry {Epub}.

Carew, C. L., Tatham, E. L., Milne, A. M., MacQueen, G. M., & Hall, G. B. C. (2015). Design and Implementation of an fMRI Study Examining Thought Suppression in Young Women with, and At-risk, for Depression. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 99: e52061-e52061.

Traynor, JM and Hall GBC. (2015). Structural and Functional Neuroimaging of Restricted and Repetitive Behavior in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Intellectual Disability - Diagnosis and Treatment. 3: 21-34.

Hall, G.B., Doyle, K.A., Goldberg, J., West, D. & Szatmari, P. (2010). Amygdala engagement in response to subthreshold presentations of anxious face stimuli in adults with autism spectrum disorders: preliminary insights.PLoS One, 5(5), doi: 10.1371/journal.pone.0010804.

Clinical and Research Interests

  • The Amygdala hypothesis in Autism
  • Disruptions in Cortico-cortico connections in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • fMRI studies of Temperamental Shyness
  • Exploring Risk in Major Depression - Neural systems underlying Ruminative Thought
  • Hippocampal function in Depression


  • BSc University of Guelph, 1982
  • Msc University of Guelph,1986
  • PhD McMaster University, 2001
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Mcmaster University, 2004

Research Areas

  • Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Neurological foundations of emotions and cognition
  • Neuroimaging

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