Academic Faculty


Esther Fujiwara, PhD

Associate Professor

Medicine & Dentistry


About Me

I am an Associate Professor and the Graduate Program Director in the Department of Psychiatry. I have been a full-time faculty member since 2007, after completing my graduate degree in Bielefeld (Germany) in 2004 and a post-doctoral fellowship at the Rotman Research Institute in Toronto from 2004-2006.


  • Emotion-cognition interactions in psychiatry and neurology
  • Neuropsychology
  • Alexithymia
  • Eye-tracking
  • MRI/fMRI

Selected Publications (trainees underlined)

Madan, C.R.*, Fujiwara, E.*, Caplan, J.B., Sommer, T. (accepted). Emotional arousal impairs association-memory: Roles of amygdala and hippocampus. NeuroImage. (* equal contribution)

Gomez, D., Power, C., Gill, M.J., Fujiwara, E. (in press). Determinants of risk-taking in HIV-associated neurocognitive disorder. Neuropsychology. doi: 10.1037/neu0000366

Fujiwara, E., Kmech, J.K., Cobzas, D., Sun, H., Seres, P., Blevins, G. Wilman, A.H. (in press). Cognitive implications of deep grey matter iron in multiple sclerosis. American Journal of Neuroradiology. doi: 10.3174/ajnr.A5109

Fujiwara, E., Tomlinson, S. E., Purdon, S. E., Gill J. M., Power, C. (2015). Decision making under explicit risk is impaired in individuals with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 37(7), 733-750.

Radomski, A. D., Power, C., Purdon, S. E., Emery, D. J., Blevins, G., Warren, K. G., & Fujiwara, E. (2015). Decision-making under explicit risk is impaired in multiple sclerosis: relationships with ventricular width and disease disability. BMC Neurology, 15(1), 61.

Alston, L.L., Kratchmer, C., Jeznach, A., Bartlett, N.B., Davidson, P.S.R., Fujiwara, E. (2013). Self-serving episodic memory biases: Findings in the repressive coping style. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience,7, 117. doi: 10.3389/fnbeh.2013.00117


PSYCI511 Biological Aspects of Psychiatry

PSYCI604 Cognitive Neuropsychiatry