Emily DiBlasi, PhD

Research Interests

  • Genomic Study Design
  • Psychiatric Genetics

Academic Information

  • Departments: Psychiatry - Research Instructor
  • Divisions: Adult Psychiatry

Academic Bio

Emily DiBlasi, PhD, is a Research Instructor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She obtained her MS in Evolution, Ecology and Behavior from the University at Buffalo and her PhD in Biology from the University of Utah. Dr. DiBlasi’s training background in statistical genetics, evolutionary theory, and empirical population genetics has led to a primary research interest in understanding the genetic and environmental factors that contribute to complex neuropsychiatric human traits. Her research focuses on the discovery of risk factors in suicide death.

Education History

Type School Degree
Fellowship University of Utah School of Medicine
Postdoctoral Fellow
Doctoral Training University of Utah
Graduate Training University at Buffalo,The State University of New York
Undergraduate University at Buffalo, The State University of New York

Selected Publications

Journal Article

  1. DiBlasi E, Kang J, Docherty AR (2021). Genetic contributions to suicidal thoughts and behaviors. Psychol Med, 51(13), 2148-2155.
  2. Docherty AR, Bakian AV, DiBlasi E, Shabalin AA, Chen D, Keeshin B, Monson E, Christensen ED, Li Q, Gray D, Coon H (2021). Suicide and Psychosis: Results From a Population-Based Cohort of Suicide Death (N = 4380). (Epub ahead of print) Schizophr Bull.
  3. Docherty A, Kious B, Brown T, Francis L, Stark L, Keeshin B, Botkin J, DiBlasi E, Gray D, Coon H (2021). Ethical concerns relating to genetic risk scores for suicide. (Epub ahead of print) Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet.
  4. Monson ET, Shabalin AA, Docherty AR, DiBlasi E, Bakian AV, Li QS, Gray D, Keeshin B, Crowell SE, Mullins N, Willour VL, Coon H (2021). Assessment of suicide attempt and death in bipolar affective disorder: a combined clinical and genetic approach. Transl Psychiatry, 11(1), 379.
  5. William N, Reissner C, Sargent R, Darlington TM, DiBlasi E, Li QS, Keeshin B, Callor WB, Ferris E, Jerominski L, Smith KR, Christensen ED, Gray DM, Camp NJ, Missler M, Williams ME, Coon H (2021). Neurexin 1 variants as risk factors for suicide death. (Epub ahead of print) Mol Psychiatry.
  6. DiBlasi E, Shabalin AA, Monson ET, Keeshin BR, Bakian AV, Kirby AV, Ferris E, Chen D, William N, Gaj E, Klein M, Jerominski L, Callor WB, Christensen E, Smith KR, Fraser A, Yu Z, Gray D, PsychChip Investigators of the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, Camp NJ, Stahl EA, Li QS, Docherty AR, Coon H (2021). Rare protein-coding variants implicate genes involved in risk of suicide death. (Epub ahead of print) Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet.
  7. Coon H, Darlington TM, DiBlasi E, Callor WB, Ferris E, Fraser A, Yu Z, William N, Das SC, Crowell SE, Chen D, Anderson JS, Klein M, Jerominski L, Cannon D, Shabalin A, Docherty A, Williams M, Smith KR, Keeshin B, Bakian AV, Christensen E, Li QS, Camp NJ, Gray D (2018). Genome-wide significant regions in 43 Utah high-risk families implicate multiple genes involved in risk for completed suicide. Mol Psychiatry, 25(11), 3077-3090.
  8. DiBlasi E, Kirby AV, Gaj E, Docherty AR, Keeshin BR, Bakian AV, Coon H (2020). Brief Report: Genetic Links Between Autism and Suicidal Behavior-A Preliminary Investigation. J Autism Dev Disord, 50(10), 3525-3530.
  9. Docherty AR, Shabalin AA, DiBlasi E, Monson E, Mullins N, Adkins DE, Bacanu SA, Bakian AV, Crowell S, Chen D, Darlington TM, Callor WB, Christensen ED, Gray D, Keeshin B, Klein M, Anderson JS, Jerominski L, Hayward C, Porteous DJ, McIntosh A, Li Q, Coon H (2020). Genome-Wide Association Study of Suicide Death and Polygenic Prediction of Clinical Antecedents. Am J Psychiatry, 177(10), 917-927.
  10. Amici AA, Nadkarni NM, DiBlasi E, Seger J (2019). Contrasting effects of host tree isolation on population connectedness in two tropical epiphytic bromeliads. Am J Bot, 106(12), 1602-1611.
  11. Anderson JS, Shade J, DiBlasi E, Shabalin AA, Docherty AR (2018). Polygenic risk scoring and prediction of mental health outcomes. Curr Opin Psychol, 27, 77-81.
  12. Sweet AD, Bush SE, Gustafsson DR, Allen JM, DiBlasi E, Skeen HR, Weckstein JD, Johnson KP (2018). Host and parasite morphology influence congruence between host and parasite phylogenies. Int J Parasitol, 48(8), 641-648.
  13. DiBlasi E, Johnson KP, Stringham SA, Hansen AN, Beach AB, Clayton DH, Bush SE (2018). Phoretic dispersal influences parasite population genetic structure. Mol Ecol, 27(12), 2770-2779.
  14. Gustafsson DR, Diblasi E, Olsson U, Najer T, Sychra O, Bush SE (2018). Checklist and key to the lice (Insecta: Phthiraptera) of Sweden. Entomologisk Tidskrift, 139(4), 205-396.
  15. Knutie SA, Owen JP, McNew SM, Bartlow AW, Arriero E, Herman JM, DiBlasi E, Thompson M, Koop JAH, Clayton DH (2015). Galápagos mockingbirds tolerate introduced parasites that affect Darwin's finches. Ecology, 97(4), 940-950.
  16. Bush SE, Weckstein JD, Gustafsson DR, Allen J, DiBlasi E, Shreve SM, Boldt R, Skeen HR, Johnson KP (2015). Unlocking the black box of feather louse diversity: A molecular phylogeny of the hyper-diverse genus Brueelia. Mol Phylogenet Evol, 94(Pt B), 737-751.
  17. Bush SE, Weckstein JD, Gustafsson DR, Allen J, DiBlasi E, Shreve SM, Boldt R, Skeen HR, Johnson KP (2015). Data supporting a molecular phylogeny of the hyper-diverse genus Brueelia. Data Brief, 5, 1078-91.
  18. DiBlasi E, Morse S, Mayberry JR, Avila LJ, Morando M, Dittmar K (2011). New Spiroplasma in parasitic Leptus mites and their Agathemera walking stick hosts from Argentina. J Invertebr Pathol, 107(3), 225-8.
  19. Dittmar K, Morse S, Gruwell M, Mayberry J, DiBlasi E (2011). Spatial and temporal complexities of reproductive behavior and sex ratios: a case from parasitic insects. PLoS ONE, 6(5), e19438.