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Fernando B. de Moura, PhD

McLean Hospital Title
Harvard Medical School Title
  • Instructor in Psychiatry


Fernando de Moura, PhD, is an assistant research pharmacologist in the Laboratory of Behavioral Neuroimaging at McLean Hospital. Dr. Moura’s research integrates cutting-edge neuroimaging techniques concurrently with preclinical models to elucidate behavioral and neurobiological mechanisms associated with substance use disorders and other psychiatric conditions. Trained as a behavioral pharmacologist, Dr. Moura is also interested in using receptor theory and behavioral economics to better model, characterize, and study substance use disorders preclinically.

Dr. Moura is a member of various professional societies including the American Society of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET), the International Study Group Investigating Drugs as Reinforcers (ISGIDAR), the Behavioral Pharmacology Society, and the College on Problems of Drug Dependence (CPDD), where he sits on the animals in research committee. Dr. Moura’s research has won numerous awards including the Livingston Award from Harvard Medical School, the Dolores Shockley Award from ASPET, the William L. Woolverton Award from ISGIDAR, and the Primm-Singleton Award from CPDD.

Education & Training

  • 2010 BA in Psychology/Biology, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • 2017 PhD in Pharmacology, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
  • 2008 NIDA Undergraduate Research Fellowship, University of Maryland, Baltimore
  • 2018 Livingston Fellowship, Harvard Medical School
  • 2019- Present NIDA T32 Post-Doctoral Fellowship, McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School


Phone: 617.855.2471
Office Address: Belmont campus - McLean Imaging Center, Room 207