Richard Haier studies the neural basis of human intelligence and cognition. He works with neuroimaging technologies to study individual differences in mental abilities.

Richard received a Ph.D. in psychology from the Johns Hopkins University in 1975, and he has since held appointments in the Intramural Research Program at the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) and the medical school at Brown University and the University of California, Irvine. He has served on the editorial board of three journals: NeuroImage, Intelligence, and Psychiatry Research. He also served as guest editor for a special issue on brain imaging research for the journal Intelligence.

Richard provides neuroscience consultation to university research groups, corporations, foundations, and education and legal professionals. He is a popular lecturer and he has appeared in numerous media outlets.

In 2012, his research was featured on NOVA scienceNOW, and he received the Distinguished Contributor Award from the International Society for Intelligence Research. In 2013, The Teaching Company invited Richard to create an 18-lecture course called “The Intelligent Brain.”