College of Education and Human Development

Institute of Child Development

Damien Fair

  • Professor in the Institute of Child Development, Department of Pediatrics,and University of Minnesota Medical School, Redleaf Endowed Director, Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain

Damien Fair

Areas of interest

Achievement gap, adolescents and youth, Autism Spectrum Disorder, cognitive development, developmental neuroscience, executive function, infancy, infant and early childhood mental health, prenatal, neuroimaging


PhD, 2008, Neuroscience, Washington University in St. Louis School of Medicine
BA, 1998, Biology, Chemistry, Augustana College



Developmental Cognition and Neuroimaging Lab

Masonic Institute for the Developing Brain


My research focuses on mechanisms and principles that underlie the developing brain. The majority of this work uses functional MRI and resting state functional connectivity MRI to assess typical and atypical populations. A second focus has become testing the feasibility of using various functional and structural MRI techniques in translational studies of developmental neuropsychiatric disorders (e.g., attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, and autism). I am exploring ways to better characterize individual patients with these psychopathologies to help guide future diagnostic, therapeutic and genetic studies.


Please note that for the 2024 admissions cycle Dr. Fair is looking to take on new Ph.D. students as their primary advisor. Please reach out to Dr. Fair via email if you are interested in learning more.


Morin EL, Howell BR, Feczko E, Earl E, Pincus M, Reding K, Kovacs-Balint ZA, Meyer JS, Styner M, Fair DA, Sanchez MM. (2020). Developmental Outcomes of Early Adverse Care on Amygdala Functional Connectivity in Nonhuman Primates. Dev and Psychopathology. [Epub ahead of print].

Gustafsson HC, Sullivan EL, Battison EAJ, Holton KF, Graham AM, Karalunas SL, Fair DA, Loftis JM, Nigg JT. (2020). Evaluation of maternal inflammation as a marker of future offspring ADHD symptoms: A prospective investigation. Brain Behav Immun. [Epub ahead of print].

Satterthwaite TD, Feczko E, Kaczkurkin AN, Fair DA. (2020). Parsing Psychiatric Heterogeneity Through Common and Unique Circuit-Level Deficits. Biol Psychiatry. 88(1):4-5.

Boedhoe PSW, van Rooij D… Fair DA… van den Heuvel OA. (2020). Subcortical Brain Volume, Regional Cortical Thickness, and Cortical Surface Area Across Disorders: Findings From the ENIGMA ADHD, ASD, and OCD Working Groups. Am J Psychiatry. [Epub ahead of print].

Rosenberg MD, Martinez SA, Rapuano KM, Conley MI, Cohen AO, Cornejo MD, Hagler DJ Jr, Meredith WJ, Anderson KM, Wager TD, Feczko E, Earl E, Fair DA, Barch DM, Watts R, Casey BJ. (2020). Behavioral and Neural Signatures of Working Memory in Childhood. J Neuroscience. 40(26):5090-5104.

Hoogman M, van Rooij D… Fair D… Franke B. (2020). Consortium neuroscience of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder and autism spectrum disorder: The ENIGMA adventure. Hum Brain Mapp. [Epub ahead of print].

Gratton C, Dworetsky A, Coalson RS, Adeyemo B, Laumann TO, Wig GS, Kong TS, Gratton G, Fabiani M, Barch DM, Tranel D, Miranda-Dominguez O, Fair DA, Dosenbach NUF, Snyder AZ, Perlmutter JS, Petersen SE, Campbell MC. (2020). Removal of high frequency contamination from motion estimates in single-band fMRI saves data without biasing functional connectivity. Neuroimage. 217:116866.

Godfrey JR, Pincus M, Kovacs-Balint Z, Feczko E, Earl E, Miranda-Dominguez O, Fair DA, Jones SR, Locke J, Sanchez MM, Wilson ME, Michopoulos V. (2020). Obesogenic diet-associated C-reactive protein predicts reduced central dopamine and corticostriatal functional connectivity in female rhesus monkeys. Brain Behav Immun. 88:166-173.

Cordova M, Shada K, Demeter DV, Doyle O, Miranda-Dominguez O, Perrone A, Schifsky E, Graham A, Fombonne E, Langhorst B, Nigg J, Fair DA, Feczko E. (2020). Heterogeneity of executive function revealed by a functional random forest approach across ADHD and ASD. Neuroimage Clin. 26:102245.

Ramirez JSB, Graham AM,… Fair DA. (2020). Maternal interleukin-6 is associated with macaque offspring amygdala development and behavior. Cereb Cortex. 30(3): 1573-1585.

Cui Z, Li H, Xia CH, Larsen B, Adebimpe A, Baum GL, Cieslak M, Gur RE, Gur RC, Moore TM, Oathes DJ, Alexander-Bloch AF, Raznahan A, Roalf DR, Shinohara RT, Wolf DH, Davatzikos C, Bassett DS, Fair DA, Fan Y, Satterthwaite TD. (2020). Individual Variation in Functional Topography of Association Networks in Youth. Neuron. 106(2):340-353.

Reding KM, Grayson DS, Miranda-Dominguez O, Ray S, Wilson ME, Roufexis D, Fair DA, Sanchez MM. (2020). Effects of social subordination and oestradiol on resting-state amygdala functional connectivity in adult female rhesus monkeys. J Neuroendocrinol. 32(2): 312822.

Mooney MA, Bhatt P, Hermosillo RJM, Ryabinin P, Nikolas M, Faraone SV, Fair DA, Wilmot B, Nigg JT. (2020). Smaller total brain volume but not subcortical structure volume related to common genetic risk for ADHD. Psychol Med. 1-10.

Hermosillo RJM, Mooney MA, Fezcko E, Earl E, Marr M, Sturgeon D, Perrone A, Miranda-Dominguez O, Faraone SV, Wilmot B, Nigg JT, Fair DA. (2020). Polygenic risk score-derived subcortical connectivity mediates attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder diagnosis. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 5(3):330-341.

Fair DA, Miranda-Dominguez O,… Dosenbach NUF. (2020). Correction of respiratory artifacts in MRI head motion estimates. Neuroimage. 208: 116400.

Nigg JT, Karalunas SL, Gustafsson HC, Bhatt P, Ryabinin P, Mooney MA, Faraone SV, Fair DA, Wilmot B. (2020). Evaluating chronic emotional dysregulation and irritability in relation to ADHD and depression genetic risk in children with ADHD. J Child Psychol Psychiatry. 61(2): 205-214.

Hagler DJ Jr, Hatton S,… Fair DA, …Dale AM. (2019). Image processing and analysis methods for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development Study. Neuroimage. 202: 116091.

Hoogman M,…Fair, DA,… Franke B. (2019). Brain Imaging of the Cortex in ADHD: A Coordinated Analysis of Large-Scale Clinical and Population-Based Samples. Am J Psychiatry. 176(7): 531-42.

Colon E, Ludwick A, Wilcox SL, Youssef AM, Danehy A, Fair DA, Lebel AA, Burstein R, Becerra L, Borsook D. (2019). Migraine in the Young Brain: Adolescents vs Young Adults. Front Hum Neurosc. 13: 87.

Xu T, Sturgeon D, Ramirez JSB, Froudist-Walsh S, Margulies DS, Schroeder CE, Fair DA, Milham MP. (2019). Interindividual Variability of Functional Connectivity in Awake and Anesthetized Rhesus Macaque Monkeys. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 4(6): 543-553.

Henry TR, Feczko E, Cordova M, Earl E, Williams S, Nigg JT, Fair DA, Gates KM. (2019) Comparing directed functional connectivity between groups with confirmatory subgrouping GIMME. Neuroimage188: 642-653.

Thomas E, Buss C, Rasmussen JM, Entringer S, Ramirez JSB, Marr M, Rudolph MD, Gilmore JH, Styner M, Wadhwa PD, Fair DA, Graham AM. (2019). Newborn Amygdala Connectivity and Emerging Fear. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 37: 100604.

Graham AM, Rasmussen JM, Entringer S, Ben Ward E, Rudolph MD, Gilmore JH, Styner M, Wadhwa PD, Fair DA, Buss C. (2019). Maternal Cortisol Concentrations During Pregnancy and Sex-Specific Associations With Neonatal Amygdala Connectivity and Emerging Internalizing Behaviors. Biol Psychiatry. 85(2): 172-181.

Postema MC, van Rooij D,… Fair DA,… Francks C. (2019). Altered structural brain asymmetry in autism spectrum disorder in a study of 54 datasets. Nat Commun. 10(1): 4958.

Marek S, Tervo-Clemmens B,… Fair DA, Luna B, Dosenbach NUF. (2019). Identifying reproducible individual differences in childhood functional brain networks: An ABCD study. Dev Cogn Neurosci. 40: 100706.

Karstens L, Asquith M, Davin S, Fair DA, Gregory WT, Wolfe AJ, Braun J, McWeeney S. (2019). Controlling for contaminants in low-biomass 16S rRNA gene sequencing experiments. mSystems. 4(4).

Kovacs-Balint Z, Feczko E, Pincus M, Earl E, Miranda-Dominguez O, Howell B, Morin E, Maltbie E, Li L, Steele J, Styner M, Bachevalier J, Fair D, Sanchez M. (2019). Early Developmental Trajectories of Functional Connectivity Along the Visual Pathways in Rhesus Monkeys. Cerebral Cortex. 29(8): 3514-3526.

Rasmussen JM, Graham AM, Entringer S, Gilmore JH, Styner M, Fair DA, Wadhwa PD, Buss C. (2019). Maternal Interleukin-6 concentration during pregnancy is associated with variation in frontolimbic white matter and cognitive development in early life. Neuroimage. 185: 825-835.