Columbia University Medical Center


Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD

Joshua A. Gordon, MD, PhD
  • Department of Psychiatry
    Division of Integrative Neuroscience
  • Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Associate Director, Adult Psychiatry Residency Program


Dr. Gordon is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist who combines laboratory-based examining mouse models of human psychiatric illness with clinical practice and teaching in general psychiatry. He has received several awards and grants for his research, including NARSAD Young Investigator and IMHRO Rising Star Awards , as well as the A.E. Bennett Award from the Society for Biological Psychiatry. His work is funded by grants form the Hope for Depression Research Foundation, the International Mental Health Research Organization, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

Education & Training

  • University of California San Francisco School of Medicine
  • Residency: New York State Psychiatric Institute
  • Residency: NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University Medical Center
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    Lab Members


    Stujenske, J.M., E. Likhtik, M.A. Topiwala, and J.A. Gordon (2014). Fear and safety engage competing patterns of theta-gamma coupling in the basolateral amygdala. Neuron, 83:919-933.

    Likhtik, E., J.M. Stujenske, M. Topiwala, A.Z. Harris, and J.A. Gordon (2014). Prefrontal entrainment of amygdala activity signals safety in learned fear and innate anxiety. Nat. Neurosci. 17:106-113

    O’Neill, P.-K., J.A. Gordon, and T. Sigurdssson (2013). Theta oscillations in the medial prefrontal cortex are modulated by spatial working memory and synchronize with the hippocampus through its ventral subregion. J. Neurosci. 33:14211-14224.

    Ahmari, S.E., T. Spellman, N.L. Douglass, M.A. Kheirbeck, K. Deisseroth, J.A. Gordon, R. Hen (2013). Repeated cortico-striatal stimulation generates persistent OCD-like behavior. Science 340:1234-1239. 

    Parnaudeau, S., P.K. O’Neill, S. Bolkan, R.D. Ward, A.I. Abbas, B.L. Roth, P. Balsam, J.A. Gordon, and C. Kellendonk (2013). Inhibition of medio-dorsal thalamus disrupts thalamo-frontal connectivity and cognition. Neuron 77:1151-1162. 

    Adhikari, A., M.A. Topiwala, and J.A. Gordon (2011). Single units in the medial prefrontal cortex with anxiety-related firing patterns are preferentially influenced by ventral hippocampal activity. Neuron 71:898-910.

    Sigurdsson, T., K.L. Stark, M. Karayiorgou, J.A. Gogos, and J.A. Gordon (2010). Impaired hippocampal-prefrontal synchrony in a genetic mouse model of schizophrenia. Nature 464:763-767.