To enhance the excellence and public health impact of Research Programs of the UCSD Department of Psychiatry by:
  • conceptually organizing and prioritizing areas of research to guide collaborative, multidisciplinary, and translational research, and focus faculty recruitment efforts;
  • facilitating cross-campus and cross-institute collaborative projects;
  • identifying opportunities to increase research funding.


Cutting edge, innovative, multidisciplinary, and translational research conducted by Psychiatry faculty will enhance our understanding of the biological and behavioral bases of normal and abnormal brain function, including their interactions with environmental factors.

Faculty Members of the Research Council 2014-2015

  • Athina Markou, PhD, Chair
  • Murray Stein, MD, MPH, Co-Chair
  • Gregory Aarons, PhD
  • Dewleen Baker, MD
  • Mark Bondi, PhD
  • Kristin Cadenhead, MD
  • Mariana Cherner, PhD
  • Robert Clark, PhD
  • Lisa Eyler, PhD
  • Mark Geyer, PhD
  • Jay Giedd, MD
  • Lilia lakoucheva, PhD
  • Terry Jernigan
  • Walter Kaye, MD
  • John R. Kelsoe, MD
  • William Kremen, PhD

  • Greg Light, PhD
  • Mark Mayford, PhD
  • Michael McCarthy, MD, PhD
  • William Perry, PhD
  • Jonathan Sebat, PhD
  • Larry R. Squire, PhD
  • Neal Swerdlow, MD, PhD
  • Susan Tapert, PhD
  • Elizabeth Twamley, PhD
  • Christina Wierenga, PhD
  • Xianjin Zhou, PhD
  • Igor Grant, MD, Ex Officio
  • Robert Anthenelli, MD, Ex Officio
  • Bob Heaton, PhD, Ex Officio
  • Mike Bloom, Ex Officio


Research Programs

Psychiatry Grant Review

The Psychiatry Grant Review meeting aims to provide valuable feedback to anyone in the Department of Psychiatry applying for grant funding. Fellows and faculty of all ranks are invited to present their grant ideas and receive feedback from the group. Presenters will be asked to distribute their Specific Aims page (or similar one-page summary of the grant) ahead of time, to present for about 30 minutes, and allow 30 minutes for discussion and feedback. Upon request, the Specific Aims page or the grant itself may be reviewed by a member of the Department or, in some cases, an external reviewer. The meeting will take place the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30-9:30 am.
Please contact Beth Twamley if you would like to present your grant.