Daniel Barron is Director of the Pain Intervention and Digital Research Program at Brigham and Women's Hospital and faculty at Harvard Medical School. He completed his medical training and psychiatry residency at Yale University, pain medicine fellowship at the University of Washington, and his graduate work at the University of Texas. He is author of Reading Our Minds: The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry and has written for The Wall Street Journal, TIME, and Scientific American.
Reading Our Minds:
The Rise of Big Data Psychiatry
Columbia Global Reports (April 27, 2021)
What, exactly, is psychiatry? How do psychiatrists diagnose a patient’s mental disorders? The mental status exam is the bedrock of psychiatric clinical assessment, and it begins with, “Can you help me understand what’s going on?” But the mental status exam relies on a patient’s self-reporting and and a doctor’s subjective judgment. Lab results, blood tests, and physical exam measures heralded the Big Data approach to medicine decades ago. It is time that psychiatry undergoes the same transformation.
Barron DS, Gao S, Dadashkarimi J, Greene AS, Spann MN, Noble S, Lake EMR, Krystal JH, Constable RT, Scheinost D (2020). Transdiagnostic, Connectome-Based Prediction of Memory Constructs Across Psychiatric Disorders. Cerebral Cortex. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhaa371. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 33345271.
Makary MM, Polosecki P, Cecchi GA, DeAraujo IE, Barron DS, Constable TR, Whang PG, Thomas DA, Mowafi H, Small DM, Geha P (2020). Loss of nucleus accumbens low-frequency fluctuations is a signature of chronic pain. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 117: 18, 10015-10023
Barron DS, Heisig S, Norel R, Agurto C, Quagan B, Powers A, et al. (2020): Preliminary Phenotypic Feature Capture During Clinical Interaction. Biological Psychiatry 87: S212–S213.
Horien C, Noble S, Greene AS, Lee K, Barron DS, Gao S, O’Connor D, Salehi M, Dadashkarimi J, Shen X, Lake EMR, Constable RT, Scheinost D (2020). A hitchhiker’s guide to working with large, open-source neuroimaging datasets. Nature Human Behaviour. Epub 1-9.