Atilla Gönenc, PhD

Atilla Gönenc, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Atilla Gonenc, PhD, is an instructor in psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and a neuroimaging physicist at McLean Imaging Center in the CCNC with training in multimodal neuroimaging technologies (MRS, DTI, MRI, fMRI, PET) and statistics. Since joining McLean in 2009, he has been developing and implementing different research protocols (bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, substance use, ADHD, autism, depression, insomnia, aging) for a wide range of patient populations (child, adult, geriatric), as well as optimizing imaging parameters, data collection and analysis.

Dr. Gonenc is the recipient of numerous awards, including the 2010 NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 2011 Rappaport Mental Health Research Scholar Award and 2013 ICGP International Junior Investigator Award. He has been the principal investigator of three foundation- and NIMH-funded studies and plans to extend his innovative MR data analytical strategies to understand the neurobiological substrates of mental illnesses and substance abuse using NIH, foundation and industry grants.

Education & Training

  • 1999 BS in Physics, Florida International University
  • 2009 PhD in Physics, Ankara University
  • 2009-2012 Research Fellowship in Physics, McLean Imaging Center, McLean Hospital


Phone: 617.855.3432
Office Address: Belmont campus - McLean Imaging Center, Room 202