Joshua Gertler, B.S.

Josh GertlerBiography

Josh is a graduate student in the Center for the Study of Emotion and Attention under the mentorship of Dr. Peter Lang.  He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 2017 with a Bachelor of Science in psychology and a minor in neuroscience.  After graduation he stayed on at the University of Pittsburgh PET center as a data analyst for a year, and later returned to his home state of Connecticut to work as a research assistant at the Institute of Living Olin Neuropsychiatry Research Center under for Dr. Michael Stevens.  Over the course of these experience Josh worked on a variety of neuroimaging and psychophysiological data including PET, fMRI, DTI, sMRI, and Electrodermal Activity.

Research Focus

Josh is primarily interested in identifying biomarkers across anxiety and mood disorders that might aid in the development of more targeted treatments.  He is especially interested in the new NIMH RDoC initiative which lays out a DSM-free framework for this kind of research.


Gertler, J., Novotny, S., Poppe, A., Chung, Y. S., Gross, J. J., Pearlson, G., & Stevens, M. C. (2020). Neural correlates of non-specific skin conductance responses during resting state fMRI. NeuroImage, 116721.

Tollefson, S., Gertler, J., Himes, M. L., Paris, J., Kendro, S., Lopresti, B., Mason, S., & Narendran, R. (2019). Imaging phosphodiesterase‐10a availability in cocaine use disorder with [11C] IMA107 and PET. Synapse, 73(1), e22070.

Gertler, J., Tollefson, S., Jordan, R., Himes, M., Mason, N. S., Frankle, W. G., & Narendran, R. (2018). Failure to detect amphetamine‐induced dopamine release in the cortex with [11C] FLB 457 positron emission tomography (PET): Methodological considerations. Synapse.


Joshua H. Gertler, Savannah A. Tollefson, Catherine H. Upton BS, Vishwajit L. Nimgaonkar MD, PhD, Konasale M. Prasad MD (2016, May) Fronto-temporo-thalamic dysconnections in HSV-1 exposed schizophrenia subjects. Presented at University of Pittsburgh Psychiatry Research Day at the University Club.

Prasad, K., Bender, R., Khan, A., Gertler, J., Tollefson, S., Wood, J., … & Pogue-Geile, M. (2016, December). Widespread Heritable Brain Circuitry Associated With Critical Cognitive Domains Among Non-Psychotic Relatives in Multiplex Schizophrenia Families. In NEUROPSYCHOPHARMACOLOGY (Vol. 41, pp. S238-S239). MACMILLAN BUILDING, 4 CRINAN ST, LONDON N1 9XW, ENGLAND: NATURE PUBLISHING GROUP.

Prasad, K. M., Khan, A., Bender, R., Gertler, J., Tollefson, S., Wood, J., … & Pogue-Geile, M. (2016, May). Thalamic Circuitry as a Heritable Network Hub Associated With the Risk and Resilience for Psychiatric Disorders Among Relatives of Multiplex Schizophrenia Families. In BIOLOGICAL PSYCHIATRY (Vol. 79, No. 9, pp. 368S-368S). 360 PARK AVE SOUTH, NEW YORK, NY 10010-1710 USA: ELSEVIER SCIENCE INC.