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Steven Potkin, M.D., Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of California, Irvine

Steven G. Potkin, M.D., holds the Robert R. Sprague Endowed Chair in Brain Imaging and is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California—Irvine. Dr Potkin received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and trained as a psychiatrist at Duke University and NIMH. He completed a residency in psychiatry and a research fellowship in the departments of Psychology, Sociology, and Gerontology at Duke University Medical Center. He is board certified in psychiatry. He is also Director of Clinical Psychiatric Research at UCI, and Director of Pharmacogenomics and Clinical Neuroscience at the Long Beach VA.


Dr Potkin’s major research interests are investigating the underlying causes of serious mental illness and dementia by using neuroimaging, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, genomics, post-mortem and biomarker neuroscience-based investigations. His goal is to develop novel treatments for these illnesses.


Dr Potkin has authored and coauthored more than 300 articles published in peer-reviewed journals. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Scientific Council of the Brain and Behavior Foundation (formally known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression [NARSAD]), a founding member of the International College of Geriatric Psychopharmacology and the International Society for Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM). He has received the AE Bennett Award, the Balter Award, and the Distinguished Investigator NARSAD Grant Award, and is on the list of Best Doctors in America”. 

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