Faith Gunning-Dixon, Ph.D.

Faith Gunning-Dixon

Dr. Gunning-Dixon is a NY State licensed psychologist who specializes in clinical neuropsychology. Her offices are located in Manhattan and in White Plains.

Dr. Faith Gunning-Dixon received her BA in Psychology at American University in Washington, DC, and her Ph.D in Clinical Neuropsychology at the University of Memphis. For her dissertation, she used MRI to study the neuroanatomical correlates of executive dysfunction in older adults. She was a Postdoctoral Fellow in Neuropsychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center, where she used functional MRI to study the neural basis of age-related decline in memory and affective processing. She then spent two years at the Zucker Hillside Hospital, where she was an Attending Neuropsychologist and then the Director of the Neurocognitive Assessment Laboratory. She was an Assistant Professor at the Institute of Geriatric Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medical College from 2004 until 2010 and now is an Associate Professor. She uses MRI to advance the understanding of late-life mood disorders.

Please call (914) 997-8643 for more information or to make an appointment.


Raz N, Torres IJ, Briggs SD, Spencer WD, Thornton AE, Loken WJ, Gunning FM, McQuain JD, Driesen NR, Acker JD. Selective neuroanatomical abnormalities in Down's syndrome and their cognitive correlates: Evidence from MRI morphometry. Neurology, 1995; 45, 356-366.

Raz N, Gunning FM, Head D, Dupuis JH, McQuain J, Briggs SD, Loken WJ, Thornton AE, Acker JD. Selective aging of the human cerebral cortex observed in vivo: Differential vulnerability of the prefrontal gray matter. Cerebral Cortex, 1997; 7, 268-282.

Raz N, Gunning-Dixon FM, Head, D, Dupuis, JH, Acker JD. Neuroanatomical correlates of cognitive aging: evidence from structural magnetic resonance imaging. Neuropsychology, 1998; 12, 95-114.

Gunning-Dixon FM, Head D, McQuain J, Acker JD, Raz N. Differential aging of the human striatum: A prospective MR imaging study. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 1998; 19: 1501-7.

Gunning-Dixon FM & Raz N. The cognitive correlates of white matter abnormalities in normal aging: A quantitative review. Neuropsychology, 2000; 14, 224-232.

Raz N, Williamson A, Gunning-Dixon F, Head D, Acker, JD. Neuroanatomical and cognitive correlates of adult age differences in acquisition of perceptual-motor skill. Microscopy Research and Technique, 2000; 51, 85-93.

Raz N, Gunning-Dixon F, Head D, Williamson A, Acker JD. Age and sex differences in the cerebellum and ventral pons: A prospective MR study of healthy adults. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 2001; 22: 1161-7.

Head D, Raz N, Gunning-Dixon F, Williamson A, Acker J.D. Age-related differences in the course of cognitive skill acquisition: The role of regional cortical shrinkage and cognitive resources. Psychology and Aging, 2002; 17:72-84.

Gur RC, Gunning-Dixon F, Turetsky BI, Bilker W, Gur RE. Regional and sex differences in age association with brain volume: A quantitative MRI study of healthy young adults. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 2002; 10:72-80.

Laakso MP, Gunning-Dixon FM, Vaurio O, Repo-Tiihonen E, Soininen H, Tiihonen J. Prefrontal volumes in habitually violent subjects with antisocial personality disorder and type 2 alcoholism. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 2002;114: 95-102.

Ragland JD, Turetsky BI, Gur RE, Gunning-Dixon FM, Turner T, Schroeder L, Chan R, Gur RC. Working memory for complex figures: An fMRI comparison of letter and fractal N-back tasks. Neuropsychology, 2002; 16: 370-9, 2002.

Gur RC, Gunning-Dixon F, Bilker W, Gur RE. Sex differences in temporo-limbic and frontal brain volumes of healthy adults. Cerebral Cortex, 2002; 12: 998-103.

Gunning-Dixon FM, Gur RC, Perkins AC, Schroeder L, Turner T, Turetsky BI, Chan RM, Alsop DC, Maldjian J, Gur RE. Age-related differences in brain activation during emotional face processing. Neurobiology of Aging, 2003; 24:285-295.

Szeszko PR, Gunning-Dixon FM, Ashtari M, Snyder PJ, Lieberman JA, Bilder RM. Reversed cerebellar asymmetry in men with first-episode schizophrenia. Biol Psychiatry, 2003; 53:450-459.

Szeszko PR, Gunning-Dixon FM, Goldman R, Ashtari M, Snyder PJ, Lieberman JA, Bilder RM. Lack of normal association between cerebellar volumes and neuropsychological functions in first-episode schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 2003;160:1884-1887.

Raz N, Rodrigue K., Kennedy KM, Head DP, Gunning-Dixon F, Williamson A, Acker JD. Differential aging of the human striatum: Longitudinal evidence. American Journal of Neuroradiology, 2003; 24:1849-1856.

Gunning-Dixon FM & Raz N. (2003). Neuroanatomical correlates of selected executive functions in middle-aged and older adults: A prospective MRI study. Neuropsychologia, 2003; 41:1929-1941.

Raz N, Gunning-Dixon F, Head D, Rodrigue KM, Williamson A., & Acker, J.D. Aging, sexual dimorphism, and hemispheric asymmetry of the cerebral cortex: Replicability of regional differences in volume. Neurobiol Aging, 2004; 25:377-396.

Alexopoulos GS, Kiosses DN, Murphy C, Heo M, Shanmugham B, Gunning-Dixon F. Executive dysfunction and the course of geriatric depression. Biol Psychiatry 2005; 58:204-10.

Hoptman MJ, Gunning-Dixon FM, Murphy CF, Lim KO, Alexopoulos GS. Structural neuroimaging research methods in geriatric depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2006; 14:812-822.

Murphy C, Gunning-Dixon FM, Hoptman MJ, Lim KO, Ardekani B, Shields JK, Hrabe J, Kanellopoulos D, Shanmugham B, Alexopoulos GS. White matter integrity predicts stroop performance in patients with geriatric depression. Biol Psychiatry, 2007; 61:1007-10.

Smith GS, Gunning-Dixon FM, Lotrich FE, Taylor WD, Evans JD. Translational Research in Late Life Mood Disorders: Implications for Future Intervention and Prevention Research. Neuropsychopharmacology, 2007; 32:1857-75.

Alexopoulos GS, Gunning-Dixon FM, Latoussakis V, Kanellopoulos D, Murphy CF. Anterior cingulate dysfunction in geriatric depression. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2008; 23:347-55.

Alexopoulos GS, Murphy C, Gunning-Dixon FM, Kalayam B, Katz R, Kanellopoulos D Etwaroo G, Klimstra S, Foxe J. Event-related Potentials in an Emotional Go/No-Go Task and Remission of Geriatric Depression. Neuroreport, 2007; 12:217-21.

Alexopoulos GS, Kanellopoulos D, Murphy C, Gunning-Dixon FM, Katz R. Placebo Response and Antidepressant Response in Geriatric Depression. Am J Geriatric Psychiatry, 2007; 15:149-58.

Alexopoulos GS, Murphy CF, Gunning-Dixon FM, Latoussakis V, Kanellopoulos D, Klimstra S, Hoptman MJ. White matter abnormalities and remission of geriatric depression. Am J Psychiatry, 2008; 165:238-44.

Gunning-Dixon FM, Hoptman MJ, Lim KO, Murphy CF, Klimstra SK, Latoussakis V, Majcher-Tascio M, Ardekani B, Hrabe J, Alexopoulos GS. Macromolecular White Matter Abnormalities in Late-Life Depression: A Magnetization Transfer Imaging Study. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2008;16:255-262.

Gunning-Dixon FM, Murphy CF, Alexopoulos GS, Majcher-Tascio M, Young RC. Executive Dysfunction in Elder Manic Bipolar Patients. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2008; 16:506-12.
Gunning-Dixon FM, Brickman AM, Cheng JC, Alexopoulos GS. Aging of Cerebral White Matter: A Review of MRI findings. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2009; 24: 109-117.

Hoptman MJ, Gunning-Dixon FM, Murphy CF, Ardekani BA, Hrabe J, Lim KO, Etwaroo GR, Kanellopoulos D, Alexopoulos GS. Blood pressure and white matter integrity in geriatric depression. J Affect Disorders, 2009; 115:171-6.

Gunning FM, Cheng J, Murphy CF, Kanellopoulos D, Acuna J, Hoptman MJ, Klimstra S, Morimoto S, Weinberg J, Alexopoulos GS. Anterior cingulate cortical volumes and treatment remission of geriatric depression. Int J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2009 24(8):829-36.

Alexopolous GS, Gunning-Dixon FM, Murphy CF, Glatt C, Latoussakis V, Kelly RE, Kanellopoulos D, Klimstra S, Lim KO, Young RC, Hoptman MJ. Serotonin transporter polymorphisms, white matter abnormalities in geriatric depression and treatment remission. J Affect Disorders, 2009 119:132-41.

Kennedy KM, Rodrigue KM, Head DP, Gunning-Dixon FM, Raz N. Neuroanatomical and cognitive mediators of perceptual priming and learning. Neuropsychology, 2009 23:475-91.

Alexopoulos GS, Glatt CF, Hoptman MJ, Kanellopoulos D, Murphy CF, Kelly RE, Morimoto S, Lim K, Gunning FM. BDNF Val66met Polymorphism, White Matter Abnormalities and Remission of Geriatric Depression. J Affect Disord. 2010 125(1-3):262-8.

Gunning-Dixon FM, Walton M, Cheng J, Acuna J, Klimstra S Zimmerman ME, Brickman AM, Hoptman MJ, Young RC, Alexopoulos GS. MRI Signal Hyperintensities and Treatment Remission of Geriatric Depression, J Affect Disord. 2010 Nov;126:395-401.

Kanellopoulos D, Gunning FM, Morimoto SS., Hoptman M, Murphy C, Kelly R, Alexopoulos GS. Hippocampal Volumes and the BDNF val66met Polymorphism in Geriatric Major Depression. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2011, 19:13-22.

Morimoto S.S., Gunning FM, Murphy C, Kanellopoulos D, Kelly R, Alexopoulos G. Executive function and remission of geriatric depression: The Role of Semantic Strategy. Am J Geriatr Psychiatry, 2011;19:115-22.

Kelly R, Alexopoulos G, Wang Z, Gunning FM, Murphy C, Morimoto S.S., Kanellopoulos D, Jia Z, Lim K, Hoptman M. Visual inspection of independent components: Defining a procedure for artifact removal from fMRI data. J Neuroscience Methods. 2010 189:233-45.

Kelly R, Alexopoulos G, Wang Z, Gunning FM, Murphy C, Morimoto SS, Kanellopoulos D, Jia Z, Lim K, Hoptman M. Hybrid ICA-seed-based methods for fMRI functional connectivity assessment: A feasibility study. Int J Biomedical Imaging. In Press.

Gunning FM, Smith GS. Functional Neuroimaging in Geriatric Depression. Psychiatric Clinics of North America. In Press.

Honors and Awards

2001-2002   Postdoctoral Award, American Federation for Aging     Research   


2003   NIMH-AAGP Summer Research Institute in Geriatric Psychiatry


2004   Departmental Pilot Grant Award, Department of Psychiatry, Weill Medical College of Cornell University


2005   Center for Aging Research and Clinical Care Pilot Grant Award, Weill Medical College of Cornell University


2005   International Travel Fellowship, International College of Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology


2007   AAGP Barry D. Lebowitz Early Career Scientist Award