Tamara Hershey, PhD

Director, Neuroimaging Labs Research Center

James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience
Director, McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience

Tamara Hershey, PhD, is the James S. McDonnell Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology (MIR) and the Department of Psychiatry. Hershey also serves as director of MIR’s Neuroimaging Labs Research Center, director of the McDonnell Center for Systems Neuroscience, co-director of the Neuroscience PhD Program and past president of the Academic Women’s Network, all at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Her research is in the fields of cognitive and clinical neuroscience and has been supported by numerous foundation and NIH R01 awards. Hershey uses a range of neuroimaging, pharmacological and cognitive techniques to understand the impact of metabolic and neurodegenerative conditions on the brain across the lifespan. For example, her lab is exploring the neural underpinnings of cognitive and mood dysfunction in disorders relevant to dopamine and the basal ganglia (e.g. Parkinson’s disease), the effects of diabetes and obesity on the brain, particularly within development, and the neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative impact of a rare monogenic diabetes, Wolfram Syndrome. Hershey has mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students, postdocs and junior faculty in clinical neuroscience fields, and co-directed a Peer Mentoring Program at the School of Medicine for several years.

Research Interests

Clinical and cognitive neuroscience of diabetes, obesity, Parkinson's disease, and Wolfram syndrome

Link to Publications

Education History


Washington University in St. Louis


Earlham College


Society for Neuroscience
American Diabetes Association
Academic Women’s Network
Scientific Advisor, The Snow Foundation
Scientific Advisory Board, The Clayco Foundation


2021 Honor Roll Award, Academy of Educators, Washington University School of Medicine
2020 Distinguished Investigator Award, The Academy for Radiology & Biomedical Imaging Research
2013 Service Award, Academic Women’s Network
2008 Travel Award Winner, American Diabetes Association
2001–2006 Career Development Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke
2005 Dorismae and Harvey A. Friedman Award for Aging Research
1999–2001 National Research Service Award, National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke