Rajendra Morey, M.D.[Edit Page]

Associate Professor

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

BIAC - Duke University

Neuroimaging Core Director
Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center
Durham VA Medical Center

B.S., 1985, Case Western Reserve University (Computer Engineering)

M.S., 1992, Case Western Reserve University (Computer Science)

M.D., 1997, Drexel University - School of Medicine

Research Interests

neural basis of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), traumatic brain injury (TBI),  emotion processing, imaging-genetics, functional MRI, structural MRI,

Research Statement

My research is focused on the neural mechanisms of posttraumatic stress disorder and many of the symptom features of PTSD.  I am interested in the role of emotion processing and its interaction with the cognitive functions such as working memory, attention, and episodic memory in PTSD. Functional MRI with cognitive challenge tasks,  pharmacological challenges, emotion regulation strategies, as well as structural MRI, candidate gene, and genome wide association studies (GWAS) are converging methodologies for  understanding mechanisms of PTSD. 

Recent Representative Publications


Brown VM & Morey RA (2012). Neural systems for cognitive and emotional processing in posttraumatic stress disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 3: 1-14.


Morey RA, Haswell C, Selgrade E, Massoglia D, Liu C, Weiner J, Marx C, Workgroup M-AM, Cernak I & McCarthy G (2012). Effects of chronic mild traumatic brain injury on white matter integrity in Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans. Human Brain Mapping. In Press: 1-15.

Morey RA, Gold AL, LaBar KS, Beall SK, Brown VM, Haswell CC, Nasser JD, Wagner HR, McCarthy G & Workgroup M-A (2012). Amygdala volume changes with posttraumatic stress disorder in a large case-controlled veteran group. Archives of General Psychiatry. 69(11): 1169-1178.


Hayes JP, Morey RA & Tupler LA (2012). A case of frontal neuropsychological and neuroimaging signs following multiple primary-blast exposure. NeuroCase. 18(3): 259-269.


Hayes JP, LaBar KS, McCarthy G, Selgrade E, Nasser J, Dolcos F & Morey RA (2011). Reduced hippocampal and amygdala activity predicts memory distortions for trauma reminders in combat-related PTSD. Journal of Psychiatric Research. 45(5): 660-669.


Morey RA, Hariri AR, Gold AL, Hauser MA, Munger HJ, Dolcos F & McCarthy G (2011). Serotonin transporter gene polymorphisms and brain function during emotional distraction from cognitive processing in posttraumatic stress disorder. BMC Psychiatry. 11: 76.


Morey RA, Selgrade ES, Wagner HR, Huettel SA, Wang LH & McCarthy G (2010). Scan-Rescan Reliability of Subcortical Brain Volumes Derived From Automated Segmentation. Human Brain Mapping. 31(11): 1751-1762.


Kilts JD, Tupler LA, Keefe FJ, Payne VM, Hamer RM, Naylor JC, Calnaido RP, Morey RA, Strauss JL, Parke G, Massing MW, Youssef NA, Shampine LJ, Marx CE & Mental VAM (2010). Neurosteroids and Self-Reported Pain in Veterans Who Served in the US Military after September 11, 2001. Pain Medicine. 11(10): 1469-1476.


Hayes JP, Morey RA, Petty CM, Seth S, Smoski MJ, McCarthy G & LaBar KS (2010). Staying cool when things get hot: emotion regulation modulates neural mechanisms of memory encoding. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 4: 1-10.


Morey RA, Dolcos F, Petty CM, Cooper DA, Pannu Hayes J, LaBar KS & McCarthy G (2009, In Press). The Role of Trauma Related Distractors on Neural Systems for Working Memory and Emotion Processing in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Psychiatric Research.


Dedert EA, Green KT, Calhoun PS, Yoash-Gantz R, Taber KH, Miller M, Tupler LA, Morey RA, Marx CE, Weiner RD & Beckham JC (2009, In Press). Evaluation of Lifetime Trauma Exposure in Recent Iraq and Afghanistan Era Veterans: Association with Current Psychiatric Diagnosis and Symptoms. Journal of Psychiatric Research.


Morey RA, Petty CM, Xu Y, Pannu Hayes J, Wagner HR, LaBar KS, Lewis DV, Styner M & McCarthy G (2009, In Press). A comparison of automated segmentation and manual tracing for quantifying hippocampal and amygdala volumes. NeuroImage.


Morey RA, Mitchell TV, Inan S, Lieberman JA & Belger A (2008, In Press). Neural Correlates of Automatic and Controlled Processing in Schizophrenia. The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences.


Hayes JP, LaBar KS, Petty CM, McCarthy G & Morey RA (2008, In Press). Alterations in the neural circuitry for emotion and attention associated with posttraumatic stress symptomatology. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.

McDonald SD, Beckham JC, Morey RA, Marx C, Tupler LA & Calhoun PS (2008). Factorial invariance of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms across three veteran samples. Journal of Traumatic Stress. 21(3): 309-317.

McDonald SD, Beckham JC, Morey RA & Calhoun PS (2008). The validity and diagnostic efficiency of the Davidson Trauma Scale in military veterans who have served since September 11th, 2001. Journal of Anxiety Disorders. 23: 247-255.

Morey RA, Petty CM, Cooper DA, LaBar KS & McCarthy G (2008). Neural systems for executive and emotional processing are modulated by level of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms in Iraq war veterans. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging. 162(1): 59-72.

Mitchell TV, Morey RA, Inan S & Belger A (2005). Functional magnetic resonance imaging measure of automatic and controlled auditory processing. NeuroReport. 16(5): 457-61.

Morey RA, Inan S, Mitchell TV, Perkins DO, Lieberman JA & Belger A (2005). Imaging frontostriatal function in ultra-high-risk, early, and chronic schizophrenia during executive processing. Archives of General Psychiatry. 62(3): 254-62.


Dr. Morey is an Assitant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at Duke University and is the Director of the Neuroimaging Core at the VA Mid-Atlantic Mental Illness Research and Clinical Center. He is the recipient of a NIMH K23 Mentored Career Development Award with Dr. Greg McCarthy and the PI of a VHA Merit Review Award to use imaging genetics methods in postraumatic stress disorder (PTSD).  Dr. Morey completed his residency in psychiatry at the University of New Mexico and a clinical research fellowship at UNC Chapel Hill working in the lab of Dr. Aysenil Belger.