James B. Lohr, MD 

Professor and Vice Chair, Clinical Affairs


Contact Information

3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161
T: (858) 642-3762


Dr. Lohr received his BA from the University of Chicago and MD from the Pritzker School of Medicine at the University of Chicago. From there, he went to the University of Pittsburgh where he completed his residency in General Psychiatry at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinics, and then completed a Neuropsychiatry Fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health in Washington DC. He joined the Department of Psychiatry faculty at UCSD in 1987, and for 12 years was the Chief of Psychiatry at the VA San Diego Healthcare System. For the last three years he has been Vice Chair for Clinical Affairs in the Department of Psychiatry at UCSD, and Clinical Service Chief for the Department as well. He oversees the clinical operations for all mental health services at UCSD. He is also the Director of the Psychopharmacology Research Initiatives Center of Excellence (PRICE) in the Department of Psychiatry, which coordinates studies of psychotropic medications.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Lohr’s primary research interest has been neuropsychiatric movement disorders and the major psychotic illnesses of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder. He has been involved in studies of motor function, brain imaging, oxidative metabolism, and lateralized hemispheric functioning in these disorders, as well as studies of psychopharmacology and of healthcare systems and delivery.

Clinical Focus

Dr. Lohr’s primary clinical focus is on serious mental disorders, predominantly the major psychotic disorders of schizophrenia, schizoaffective disorder, and bipolar disorder.


  • Hawthorne WB, Fals-Stewart W, Lohr JB. A treatment outcome study of community-based residential care. Hospital and Community Psychiatry 45: 152-155, 1994.
  • Lohr JB, Caligiuri MP. Motor asymmetry, a neurobiologic abnormality in the major psychoses. Psychiatry Research 57: 279-282, 1995.
  • Lohr JB, Caligiuri MP. Lateralized hemispheric dysfunction in the major psychotic disorders: historical perspectives and findings from a study of motor asymmetry in older patients. Schizophrenia Research 27: 191-198, 1997.
  • Lohr JB, Caligiuri MP, Manley MS, Browning JA. Neuroleptic-induced striatal damage in rats: A study of antioxidant treatment using accelerometric and immunocytochemical methods. Psychopharmacology 148: 171-179, 2000.