Jose Pardo, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Psychiatry

Jose Pardo

Contact Info

Office Address:
Minneapolis VAHCS
Cognitive Neuroimaging Unit (11P)
Building 68, Suite 235A
1 Veterans Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

MD, Johns Hopkins Medical School

Residency, Psychiatry, Barnes Hospital

Fellowship, Cognitive Neuroscience & Brain Imaging, Washington University (McDonnell and NARSAD Fellow)

PhD, Biochemistry, Cellular and Molecular Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine

Internship, Internal Medicine, Duke University Hospital


Professional Associations

  • Society for Neuroscience
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • International Society for Human Brain Mapping
  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology


Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Pardo leads a research program which seeks to elucidate the functional architecture of the human brain with particular emphasis on how dysfunction within neural networks relates to psychiatric disorders. The multidisciplinary approach (in close collaboration with the Brain Sciences Center, Department of Psychology, Department of Psychiatry, and GRECC) involves methods from cognitive neuroscience, including several imaging modalities, particularly PET and fMRI.

His team identified the anterior cingulate cortex as a pivotal locus of cognitive aging in otherwise healthy individuals (Neuroimage. 2007 April 15; 35(3): 1231–1237). They now seek to understand the significance and pathophysiological basis of this finding in the context of systems neuroscience, biochemistry, and animal models. They are also using brain imaging for early diagnosis of the dementias (Alzheimers Dement. 2010 July; 6(4): 326–333). Given the current heterogeneity of psychiatric diagnosis, a developing interest is imaging genetics to identify genotypes with defined psychiatric phenotypes that may lead to improved models of mental disease. For additional information, see the Pardo laboratory website at


Teaching Areas

  • Mind/Brain Journal Club (Readings in Neurophysiology), Neuroscience Program, University of Minnesota
  • Supervise/sponsor graduate students, post-doctoral fellows, and junior faculty in various training programs
  • MSTP training faculty


Board Certifications

  • American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology

Clinical Interests

Mood disorders; treatment-resistant; neuroimaging