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Gregory A. Aarons, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: The interface of organization/management theory and implementation of innovation and evidence-based practice in mental health, social service, and medical settings, translational science.

Cristian L. Achim, MD, PhD, Associate Professor
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Niloofar Afari, Ph.D., Associate Professor In-Residence
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Chronic pain, twin studies, and acceptance-based treatments

Hagop Akiskal, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Chronic Depression, PTSD, Temperament, Bipolar Disorder

Natacha Akshoomoff, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Pediatric neuropsychology; Diagnostic and assessment practices for children with autistic spectrum disorders

E. Clark Allen, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Psychotherapy

Carolyn B. Allard, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
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Sonia Ancoli-Israel, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Sleep disorders research; chronobiology; geriatrics

Robert M. Anthenelli, M.D., Professor
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Joseph Hampton Atkinson, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Chronic pain syndromes; depression associated with AIDS/HIV

Catherine R. Ayers , PhD, ABPP
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Dewleen Baker, M.D., Associate Professor
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Wayne A. Bardwell, Ph.D., M.B.A., Associate Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Links between physiological and psychosocial functioning in chronic medical illness (breast cancer, obstructive sleep apnea)

Mark W. Bondi, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology of aging and dementia

David L. Braff, M.D., Distinguished Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Psychophysiology, neuropsychology, and neurobiology of schizophrenia

Lauren Brookman-Frazee, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Mental health services for children with autistic spectrum disorders and disruptive behavior problems; parent training; clinician training and supervision

Gregory Brown, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Computational modeling and brain imaging, neuropsychological testing to assess neurobehavioral functioning

Sandra A. Brown, PH.D., Professor of Psychiatry & Psychology
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Adolescent and adult substance abuse research

Sandra J. Brown, Ph.D., Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Child and adolescent neuropsychology

Kristin Cadenhead, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Schizophrenic spectrum illness-basic and clinical issues

Michael P. Caligiuri, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Movement disorders; biomedical instrumentation; Parkinsonism; neuroleptics; motor control, functional MRI

Denise Chavira, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Anxiety disorders, cognitive behavior therapy, ethnic minority mental health, health services research

Mariana Cherner, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neurocognitive consequences of HIV, stimulant abuse, and Hepatitis C. Cross-cultural neuropsychological assessment

Robert E. Clark, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Investigates the organization and neurological foundations of learning and memory.

David Deitch, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry Emeritus
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Substance abuse, Therapeutic Communities

Lisa Delano-Wood, Ph.D.
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Dean C. Delis, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychological function in neurologic and psychiatric patients

Colin Depp, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
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Joel E. Dimsdale, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Psychosomatic medicine and effects of stress

Neal R. Doran, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Adolescent and
Adult Substance Abuse Research

Sean P. Drummond, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Sleep loss on brain function, behavioral sleep medicine

Jennifer J. Dunkin, Ph.D., Clinical Professor
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Lisa Eyler, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Understanding individual differences in cognitive and emotional functioning using structural and functional brain imaging, with particular interest in changes due to aging and development among those with severe mental illness, autism, and healthy individuals.

David Feifel, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropeptides and behavior; adult attention deficit

Christine Fennema-Notestine, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Cognitive neuroscience; neuroimaging of neurodegenerative and psychiatric disorders; biomedical informatics

Vincent Filoteo, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology and cognitive neuroscience of attention, categorization, and memory

David Folsom, M.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
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Carol E Franz, Ph.D.
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Ann Garland, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization:
Effectiveness of youth mental health services mental health services by children and adolescents

Mark A. Geyer, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Behavioral function of monoamines; human and rat startle response

Tamar H. Gollan, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology, bilingualism, language production, aging and Alzheimer’s disease

Eric Granholm, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology and psychophysiology of schizophrenia

Igor Grant, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neurobehavioral aspects of HIV/AIDS and alcoholism; life stress and illness

Tiffany A. Greenwood , Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Psychiatric genetics

Richard L. Hauger, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuroendocrinology of stress and psychostimulants

Robert K. Heaton, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology; HIV encephalopathy; schizophrenia

Ellen K. Heyneman, M.D., Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Eating disorders and mood disorders in children and adolescents

Steve Hickman, Psy.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
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Lilia M. Iakoucheva, PhD, Assistant Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Protein Interaction Networks, Bioinformatics, Systems Biology, Autism, Schizophrenia

Amy J. Jak, Ph.D., Assistant Professor In-Residence
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology of aging and traumatic brain injury

Janis H. Jenkins, Ph.D., Adjunct Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Anthropology
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Cultural psychiatry, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders (especially psychological trauma), Latinos, ethnicity, gender, immigrants and refugees, violence, and qualitative methods.

Terry L. Jernigan, Ph.D., Professor of Cognitive Sci, Psychiatry & Radiology
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Brain imaging of cognitive and psychiatric disorders; aging and memory research

Dilip V. Jeste, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Geropsychiatry; late-onset psychoses; dementia; tardive dyskinesia

Douglas C. Johnson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
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Lewis L. Judd, M.D., Mary Gilman Marston Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry - Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Clinical, epidemiological, and treatment studies of mood and anxiety disorders

Patricia H. Judd, Ph.D., Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neurocognitive deficits in Borderline Personality Disorder

Walter H. Kaye, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Eating Disorders

John R. Kelsoe, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Molecular biological approaches to psychiatric disorders

Daniel S. Kim, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor (nonsalaried)
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Geriatric psychiatry, capacity to consent in schizophrenia, trauma in serious mental illness

Igor Koutsenok, M.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Substance abuse and addictive behavior and treatment

William S. Kremen, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Research programs on schizophrenia and aging

Daniel F. Kripke, M.D., Professor Emeritus
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Chronobiology; light exposure and treatment; sleep

Ronald Kuczenski, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychopharmacology of stimulants; in vivo microdialysis

Ariel J. Lang, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Anxiety and trauma, emotional disorders in the general medical setting

David Lehman, MD, Assistant Clinical Professor
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Saul Levine, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Adolescent's belief systems; resiliency of youth

Gregory Light, Ph.D, Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Auditory sensory processing deficits in schizophrenia

Laurie A. Lindamer, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Schizophrenia, neuropsychology and psychotic disorders, health issues in older adults with psychosis

James B. Lohr, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Schizophrenia and movement disorders research

Arnold J. Mandell, M.D., Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry
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Thomas Marcotte, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology of HIV infection and other dementing disorders

Athina Markou, Ph.D. Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neurobiology of drug dependence, depression and schizophrenia.

Scott Matthews, M.D., Assistant Professor In-Residence
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Brent T. Mausbach, Ph.D., Associate Professor In-Residence
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Stress/coping; Alzheimer’s caregiving; behavioral medicine; functional outcomes in schizophrenia

Jeffrey E. Max, MBBCh (M.D.), Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Child and adolescent psychiatry, Pediatric Traumatic Brain and Stroke Research

Carrie R. McDonald, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
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Michael J. McCarthy MD, PhD, Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neurobiology of mood disorders and circadian clocks

Thomas W. Meeks, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Geriatric Psychiatry, Depression and Chronic Pain, Latino Mental Health Issues, Successful Aging

Paul J. Mills, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Stress; adrenergic function; menstrual physiology; behavioral medicine

Arpi Minassian, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, psychophysiology, cognition, genetics

David Moore, Ph.D., Associate Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: clinical psychology specializing in neuropsychological and everyday functioning assessments

Mark G. Myers, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Substance abuse in adolescents

Carla Marie Nappi, Ph.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
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Hoang A. Nguyen, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor
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Marc A. Norman, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychological Assessment, Multiple Sclerosis, Epilepsy

Sonya Norman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor In-Residence
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: PTSD and mental health needs among recently deployed Veterans; Co-Occurring PTSD and Alcohol/Substance Use Disorder; Psychotherapy Outcomes Research

Barton Palmer, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology, decision-making capacity, late life psychoses, cognitive assessment

Barbara L. Parry, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Depression; chronobiology; premenstrual, postpartum, menopausal and seasonal mood disorders

Thomas Patterson, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Life events

Martin P. Paulus, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Nonlinear dynamics, behavioral neuropsychopharmacology

William Perry, Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology of schizophrenia

Susan Powell, Assistant Adjunct Professor
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Carmen Pulido, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
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Valerie A. Rice, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor
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Victoria Risbrough, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Anxiety; PTSD; Translational preclinical psychopharmacology and clinical psychophysiology

Shannon Robinson, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Uses both cognitive behavioral therapy and psychopharmacology in the treatment of depression and anxiety in the medical conditions.

Thomas Rutledge, Ph.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Impact of mood and behavioral factors on chronic disease, particularly cardiovascular disease.

Sanjaya Saxena, M.D., Professor
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Marc A. Schuckit, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Alcoholism; family and genetic studies

R. Christopher Searles, M.D., Assistant Clinical Professor of Family & Prev. Medicine and Psychiatry
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Jonathan Sebat, Ph. D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Genomics, Bioinformatics, Psychiatric Genetics

Daniel Sewell, M.D., Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: HIV psychiatry; geropsychiatry; neuroleptic malignant syndrome

Stephen R. Shuchter, M.D., Professor of Clinical Psychiatry, Emeritus
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Grief, bereavement, and depression

Alan Simmons, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Posttraumatic Stress disorders/Traumatic Brain Injury

Mounir Soliman, M.D., Associate Clinical Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Clinical psychopharmacology for schizophrenia and mood disorders.

James L. Spira, PhD, MPH, ABPP, Clinical Professor (nonsalaried)
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: 1) Determining psychophysiological biomarkers psychological problems;2) Innovative Treatments for PTSD, traumatic brain injury and other military operational problems; 3) Experiential Therapies: Meditation, Hypnosis, Relaxation.

Larry R. Squire, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neurobiology of memory

Murray B. Stein, M.D., M.P.H., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neurobiology of anxiety disorders

Irina Strigo, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Relationship between Chronic Pain and Psychiatric Disorders

Neal Swerdlow, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Limbic system-basal ganglia function in mental illness

Susan F. Tapert, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Substance use disorders, neuroimaging, neuropsychological assessment, and adolescent development.

Erick Tatro, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Molecular and Cellular Neuroscience

Michael Taylor, Ph.D., Associate Clinical Professor
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Wesley R. Thompson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor In-Residence
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Development of Statistical Models for Psychiatric Disorders/Healthy Cognitive Aging

Steven R. Thorp, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization:Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD); cognitive functioning of older and younger veterans with PTSD; psychotherapy outcome research; provision of treatment via telemedicine (videoconferencing)

Ryan S. Trim, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization:Substance use disorders, longitudinal data analysis, environmental risk factors, treatment of dual diagnosis

Ming T. Tsuang, M.D., Ph.D., D.Sc., University Professor and Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry - Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Human genetics; behavior and neuropsychiatric diseases; family-genetic studies of psychiatric disorders; the genetic heterogeneity of schizophrenia.

Eric Turner, M.D., Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Molecular genetics of central nervous system development

Elizabeth Twamley, Ph.D., Associate Professor In-Residence
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Bridging neuropsychology and interventions for individuals with severe mental illness and traumatic brain injury.

Monica D. Ulibarri, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
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James W. Varni, Ph.D., Professor Emeritus
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Tamara Wall, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Etiology of alcoholism-genetic and environmental vulnerability factors

David K. Welsh, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor In-Residence
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Circadian clocks

Julie Wetherell, Ph.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Treatment of late-life anxiety.

Christina Wierenga, Ph.D., Assistant Adjunct Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Neuropsychology of Aging and Dementia

Steven P. Woods, Psy.D., Associate Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Cognitive neuropsychology of HIV-1 disease

Jared W. Young, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
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Sidney Zisook, M.D., Professor
Faculty Research Interest/Specialization: Psychopharmacology of depression and schizophrenia; bereavement; PTSD

 

 


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