Tony T. Yang, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psychiatry
PHONE #: (858) 966-5832
FAX #: (858) 966-6733

Link to Dr. Tony Yang's Research

Tony Yang was born in Texas.  He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University in 1985.  Following his undergraduate education, he attended U.C. San Diego in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP).  He obtained his Ph.D. in the lab of Dr. Floyd Bloom at The Scripps Research Institute.  His Ph.D. thesis focused on applying Magnetoencephalography (MEG) to examine neural plasticity and somatosensory cortical reorganization in upper limb amputees and brachial avulsion patients.  Upon finishing the M.D.-Ph.D. program at UCSD in 1996, he entered and completed an internship and adult psychiatry residency program at Stanford University.  Following completion of residency, he entered a three-year combined Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and NIMH T32 post-doctoral research training program at Stanford University.  In 2002, he graduated from Stanford University and took a position at UCSD.  At present, he is an Assistant Professor, In Residence, within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSD School of Medicine.

Research Focus
Dr. Yang’s research focus is on the study of adolescent depression using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI).  He has support for his research from the NARSAD foundation, the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation, and NIMH.  He has a 5-year NIMH Career Development Award (K23) from NIMH to study adolescent depression using functional MRI.

Clinical Focus
Dr. Yang is a child and adolescent psychiatrist working at Children’s Plaza in the outpatient psychiatry clinic.  He is the physician leader on two treatment teams at Children’s Plaza, supervisor of the child and adolescent psychiatry fellows, and primary psychiatrist for his patients at Children’s Plaza.  Dr. Yang’s primary clinical focus is on the understanding and treatment of depression in children and adolescents.

Selected Publications:

  • Yang, T.T.,  Gallen, C.C., Schwartz, B.J., Bloom, F.E..  Non-Invasive Somatosensory Homunculus Mapping in Humans Using a Large Array Biomagnetometer.  The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA.  Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. USA  Vol. 90, pp. 3098-3102, April 1993.
  • Yang, T.T., Gallen,, C.C.,  Bloom, F.E., Ramachandran, V., Cobb, S.  Noninvasive Detection of Cerebral Plasticity in Adult Human Somatosensory Cortex.  The Scripps Research Institute & University of California, San Diego.  Neuroreport.  Vol. 5, pp. 701-704.  February, 1994.
  • Yang, T.T., Gallen,, C.C.,  Bloom, F.E., Ramachandran, V., Cobb, S.  .Sensory Maps in the Human Brain.  The Scripps Research Institute & University of California, San Diego.  Nature. Vol. 368, no. 6472, pp. 592-593 . April 14, 1994.
  • Yang, T.T., Menon, V., Eliez, S., Blasey, C., White, C., Gotlib, I.H., Reiss, A.L.  Amygdalar Activation  Associated with Positive and Negative Facial Expressions:  A 3T Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Experiment. Neuroreport, 2002, Oct. 7; 13(14): 1737-41. *
  • Yang, T.T., Menon, V., Gotlib, I.H., Reid, A. J., Reiss, A.L.  Amygdalar activation associated with happy facial expressions in adolescents: a 3-T functional MRI study Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2003 Aug;42(8):979-85.

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