Carrie E. Bearden, Ph.D.

Carrie E. Bearden, Ph.D.
Carrie E. Bearden, Ph.D.

Professor Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences and Department of Psychology

University of California, Los Angeles

Scientific Council Member (Joined 2017)

2005, 2003 Young Investigator Grant

Carrie Bearden received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the UCLA faculty in 2003. Currently, she is a Professor (George and Joanne Miller Family Endowed Term Chair) in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Bearden's research aims to understand neurobiological risk factors for the development of serious mental illness, using converging methods to study cognition and neuroanatomy in clinical high-risk samples (e.g., adolescents with early symptoms of psychosis), and in highly penetrant genetic subtypes of the illness (e.g, 22q11.2 microdeletions). Her recent work focuses on translational approaches to understanding disrupted brain circuitry in developmental neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly in the context of unique genetic populations. She is the Director of the Staglin Music Festival Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS), and is the UCLA Principal Investigator of the multi-site North American Prodromal Longitudinal Study (NAPLS) Consortium, which aims to identify biomarkers predicting psychosis onset in at-risk youth. She also co-directs a Neurobehavioral Genetics Training Grant at UCLA, serves on the DSM-V Revision Committee, and on the Editorial Boards of Biological Psychiatry, Neuropsychology and Schizophrenia Bulletin.  Dr. Bearden has received numerous awards and honors, both for her research achievements and for teaching and mentorship.

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