Pei-an (Betty) Shih, M.P.M, Ph.D. 

Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Director of Didactic Training, Research Fellowship in Biological Psychiatry & Neuroscience


Contact Information

University of California, San Diego
9500 Gilman Drive #0664
Stein Research Building, Room 143
La Jolla, California 92093-0664
T: (858) 534-6768
F: (858) 534-5475


Pei-an (Betty) Shih, PhD is a Genetic Epidemiologist and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and a faculty member of the Stein Institute for Research on Aging at the University of California, San Diego. She completed a Bachelor of Music degree from University of North Caroline, a Master of Public Management degree from Carnegie Mellon University, and earned a PhD in Genetic Epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh. For her postgraduate training, Dr. Shih received a National Kidney Foundation Fellowship Award to study molecular mechanisms underlying genes associated with hypertension and metabolic syndrome risk in population-based samples. Dr. Shih currently holds a National Institute of Health Mentored Research Scientist Development Award to conduct genetic and lipidomics research in patients with mental illnesses. One component of this work in the Research on Aging Institute (Dr. Dilip Jeste, Director) focuses on biomarker and epidemiological studies of cardiometabolic risks and aging parameters associated with atypical antipsychotic use. A second component utilizes a translational "OMICS" strategy to probe the pathogenesis of anorexia nervosa and treatments development in an eating disorder population provided by Dr. Walter Kaye. Dr. Shih serves as the Director of Didactic Training for the UCSD Research Fellowship in Biological Psychiatry and Neuroscience Program.

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