Gillinder Bedi, DPsych
Assistant Professor of Clinical Psychology (in Psychiatry)
Dr. Gillinder Bedi completed graduate training at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia, investigating cognitive function and mood in ecstasy and marijuana users. Her postdoctoral research, which focused on characterizing the acute prosocial effects of MDMA (ecstasy) in humans, was undertaken in the laboratory of Dr. Harriet de Wit at the University of Chicago. In Chicago, Dr. Bedi also began using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) to study the effects of drugs of abuse.
She joined the Division on Substance Abuse at Columbia University in 2009, initially working under the mentorship of Dr. Margaret Haney. As Director of the Neuroimaging and Psychopharmacology laboratory, Dr. Bedi conducts research employing MRI (functional and structural) and acute drug administration to study clinically-relevant questions about drug abuse.
My current research focuses on: 1. Investigating the neural processes underlying decisions to use drugs in experienced users; 2. Determining the acute and chronic effects of abused drugs on social processing and behavior; 3. Characterizing the acute effects of MDMA in humans; and 4. Using automated speech analysis to detect clinically-relevant mental states.