Salvatore Torrisi, PhD

Professional Researcher
Professional Researcher


postdoc, 2018 - Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health
PhD, 2013 - Neuroscience, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, 2007 - Applied Linguistics, University of California, Los Angeles
MFA, 2003 - Music Composition / New Media, California Institute of the Arts
BA, 2001 - Interdisciplinary Arts and Performance, Arizona State University, West


Yu T, Cai LY, Torrisi S, Vu AT, Morgan VL, Goodale SE, Ramadass K, Meisler SL, Lv J, Warren AEL, Englot DJ, Cutting L, Chang C, Gore JC, Landman BA, Schilling KG. Distortion correction of functional MRI without reverse phase encoding scans or field maps. Magn Reson Imaging. 2023 11; 103:18-27.
Gorka AX, Philips RT, Torrisi S, Manbeck A, Goodwin M, Ernst M, Grillon C. Periaqueductal gray matter and medial prefrontal cortex reflect negative prediction errors during differential conditioning. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2023 05 16; 18(1).
Gorka AX, Philips RT, Torrisi S, Claudino L, Foray K, Grillon C, Ernst M. The Posterior Cingulate Cortex Reflects the Impact of Anxiety on Drift Rates During Cognitive Processing. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2023 04; 8(4):445-451.
Philips RT, Torrisi SJ, Gorka AX, Grillon C, Ernst M. Dynamic Time Warping Identifies Functionally Distinct fMRI Resting State Cortical Networks Specific to VTA and SNc: A Proof of Concept. Cereb Cortex. 2022 03 04; 32(6):1142-1151.
Park S, Torrisi S, Townsend JD, Beckett A, Feinberg DA. Highly accelerated submillimeter resolution 3D GRASE with controlled T2 blurring in T2 -weighted functional MRI at 7 Tesla: A feasibility study. Magn Reson Med. 2021 05; 85(5):2490-2506.
Gorka AX, Lago TR, Balderston N, Torrisi S, Fuchs B, Grillon C, Ernst M. Intrinsic connections between thalamic sub-regions and the lateral prefrontal cortex are differentially impacted by acute methylphenidate. Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2020 Jun; 237(6):1873-1883.
Gaillard C, Guillod M, Ernst M, Torrisi S, Federspiel A, Schoebi D, Recabarren RE, Ouyang X, Mueller-Pfeiffer C, Horsch A, Homan P, Wiest R, Hasler G, Martin-Soelch C. Striatal responsiveness to reward under threat-of-shock and working memory load: A preliminary study. Brain Behav. 2019 10; 9(10):e01397.
Torrisi S, Alvarez GM, Gorka AX, Fuchs B, Geraci M, Grillon C, Ernst M. Resting-state connectivity of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis and the central nucleus of the amygdala in clinical anxiety J Psychiatry Neurosci. 2019 09 01; 44(5):313-323.
Boerwinkle VL, Torrisi SJ, Foldes ST, Marku I, Ranjan M, Wilfong AA, Adelson PD. Resting-state fMRI in disorders of consciousness to facilitate early therapeutic intervention. Neurol Clin Pract. 2019 Aug; 9(4):e33-e35.
Boerwinkle VL, Foldes ST, Torrisi SJ, Temkit H, Gaillard WD, Kerrigan JF, Desai VR, Raskin JS, Vedantam A, Jarrar R, Williams K, Lam S, Ranjan M, Broderson JS, Adelson D, Wilfong AA, Curry DJ. Subcentimeter epilepsy surgery targets by resting state functional magnetic resonance imaging can improve outcomes in hypothalamic hamartoma. Epilepsia. 2018 12; 59(12):2284-2295.
Torrisi S, Chen G, Glen D, Bandettini PA, Baker CI, Reynolds R, Yen-Ting Liu J, Leshin J, Balderston N, Grillon C, Ernst M. Statistical power comparisons at 3T and 7T with a GO / NOGO task. Neuroimage. 2018 07 15; 175:100-110.
Torrisi S, Gorka AX, Gonzalez-Castillo J, O'Connell K, Balderston N, Grillon C, Ernst M. Extended amygdala connectivity changes during sustained shock anticipation. Transl Psychiatry. 2018 01 31; 8(1):33.
Tillman RM, Stockbridge MD, Nacewicz BM, Torrisi S, Fox AS, Smith JF, Shackman AJ. Intrinsic functional connectivity of the central extended amygdala. Hum Brain Mapp. 2018 03; 39(3):1291-1312.
Balderston NL, Hale E, Hsiung A, Torrisi S, Holroyd T, Carver FW, Coppola R, Ernst M, Grillon C. Threat of shock increases excitability and connectivity of the intraparietal sulcus. Elife. 2017 05 30; 6.
Gorka AX, Torrisi S, Shackman AJ, Grillon C, Ernst M. Intrinsic functional connectivity of the central nucleus of the amygdala and bed nucleus of the stria terminalis. Neuroimage. 2018 03; 168:392-402.
Torrisi S, Nord CL, Balderston NL, Roiser JP, Grillon C, Ernst M. Resting state connectivity of the human habenula at ultra-high field. Neuroimage. 2017 02 15; 147:872-879.
Torrisi S, Robinson O, O'Connell K, Davis A, Balderston N, Ernst M, Grillon C. The neural basis of improved cognitive performance by threat of shock. Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci. 2016 11; 11(11):1677-1686.
Balderston NL, Vytal KE, O'Connell K, Torrisi S, Letkiewicz A, Ernst M, Grillon C. Anxiety Patients Show Reduced Working Memory Related dlPFC Activation During Safety and Threat. Depress Anxiety. 2017 01; 34(1):25-36.
Torrisi S, O'Connell K, Davis A, Reynolds R, Balderston N, Fudge JL, Grillon C, Ernst M. Resting state connectivity of the bed nucleus of the stria terminalis at ultra-high field. Hum Brain Mapp. 2015 Oct; 36(10):4076-88.
Ernst M, Torrisi S, Balderston N, Grillon C, Hale EA. fMRI functional connectivity applied to adolescent neurodevelopment. Annu Rev Clin Psychol. 2015; 11:361-77.
Cross KA, Torrisi S, Reynolds Losin EA, Iacoboni M. Controlling automatic imitative tendencies: interactions between mirror neuron and cognitive control systems. Neuroimage. 2013 Dec; 83:493-504.
Torrisi SJ, Lieberman MD, Bookheimer SY, Altshuler LL. Advancing understanding of affect labeling with dynamic causal modeling. Neuroimage. 2013 Nov 15; 82:481-8.
Torrisi S, Moody TD, Vizueta N, Thomason ME, Monti MM, Townsend JD, Bookheimer SY, Altshuler LL. Differences in resting corticolimbic functional connectivity in bipolar I euthymia. Bipolar Disord. 2013 Mar; 15(2):156-66.
Townsend JD, Torrisi SJ, Lieberman MD, Sugar CA, Bookheimer SY, Altshuler LL. Frontal-amygdala connectivity alterations during emotion downregulation in bipolar I disorder. Biol Psychiatry. 2013 Jan 15; 73(2):127-35.
Vizueta N, Rudie JD, Townsend JD, Torrisi S, Moody TD, Bookheimer SY, Altshuler LL. Regional fMRI hypoactivation and altered functional connectivity during emotion processing in nonmedicated depressed patients with bipolar II disorder. Am J Psychiatry. 2012 Aug; 169(8):831-40.
Foland-Ross LC, Bookheimer SY, Lieberman MD, Sugar CA, Townsend JD, Fischer J, Torrisi S, Penfold C, Madsen SK, Thompson PM, Altshuler LL. Normal amygdala activation but deficient ventrolateral prefrontal activation in adults with bipolar disorder during euthymia. Neuroimage. 2012 Jan 02; 59(1):738-44.
Teramitsu I, Poopatanapong A, Torrisi S, White SA. Striatal FoxP2 is actively regulated during songbird sensorimotor learning. PLoS One. 2010 Jan 06; 5(1):e8548.