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​Features Timothy Furnish, MD, Adam Halberstadt, PhD, Fadel Zeidan, PhD, and Mark Geyer, PhD (Emeritus)

The Psychedelics and Health Research Initiative at UC San Diego has received a $1.3 million grant from the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation to fund a clinical trial investigating the therapeutic po ...

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​Features Erin Parks, PhD

UC San Diego researchers report that climate change is a chronic mental health stressor, and promotes a variety of mental health problems. The 2018 Camp Fire is a case study.
After analyzing the genomes of more 250,000 military veterans, researchers have identified 18 specific, fixed positions on chromosomes that appear associated with post-traumatic stress disorder. The f ...
Researchers at UC San Diego School of Medicine, in collaboration with Dutch scientists, have found that certain metabolites — small molecules produced by the process of metabolism — may be predictive ...

Recent Announcements & Recognitions

CongratulationsDesiree Shapiro, MD to Emily Troyer, MD, a NIMH-T32 Post-Doctoral Research Fellow, for receiving AACAP's 2020 Pilot Research Award for Junior Faculty and Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellows! This award helps reduce the current shortage of clinical researchers by getting young investigators engaged in mental health research programs, and Dr. Troyer will be recognized at the Junior Research Scholar Lunch during AACAP's 68th Annual Meeting in Georgia, Atlanta, October 25-30, 2021.

Zafiris "Jeff" Daskalakis, MD, PhD, FRCP(C) On October 22, 2020, the Department celebrated the Grant family and the new chair and inaugural holder of the Dr. Igor and JoAnn Grant Endowed Chair in Psychiatry - Zafiris "Jeff" Daskalakis, MD, PhD, FRCP(C). Watch Video of Event here and learn more about the history of the Psychiatry Department here.

Desiree Shapiro, MDWith the support of a $4 million grant from UnitedHealth Group, the University of California San Diego has launched a four-year program to expand and diversify the pipeline of child and adolescent psychiatrists in California.
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Victoria Merritt, MDCongratulations to Dr. Victoria Merritt on receiving the Early Career Award from the National Academy of Neuropsychology. This award is designed for someone who is within 10 years of receiving their doctoral degree and who has made substantial early career service contributions to NAN and the field of neuropsychology in general.

Monica Castillo, MD, MSCongratulations to Monica Castillo, MD, MS, a PGY-1 Research Track Resident, for being selected as a 2020 Travel Awardee for ACNP! Dr. Castillo was selected from over 260 applicants for this prestigious award! The College has extended the travel award benefits to attend the 2021 Annual Meeting in San Juan Puerto Rico next year due to this year's meeting being virtual.

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