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Trisha Suppes, MD, PhD, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University

Trisha Suppes MD Ph.D.

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Stanford University

Palo Alto, CA.


Trisha Suppes, M.D., Ph.D. is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at Stanford University School of Medicine and Director of the Bipolar and Depression Research Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System in Palo Alto, California. Her areas of expertise and research include long-term treatment strategies for bipolar disorder, treatment for bipolar II disorder, and treatment of bipolar depression. 


Dr. Suppes currently serves as an associate editor on the American Journal of Psychiatry Editorial Board and is a past member of the Board of Councilors for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.  Dr. Suppes was a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Work Group for the Practice Guidelines for Bipolar Disorder and the APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders 5.  She also served as co-chair of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs/Department of Defense work group on treatment guidelines for bipolar disorder.  Additionally, she is a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance.  She has authored or co-authored over 190 peer-reviewed articles.


Before moving to Stanford in June 2008, Dr. Suppes was the Director of the Bipolar Disorders Research Program at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas.  Dr. Suppes earned her BA in human biology at Stanford University in Stanford, California, her Ph.D.

in anatomy/physiology at the University of California at Los Angeles, and her M.D. at Dartmouth Medical School in Hanover, New Hampshire. After graduating, she completed her residency in adult psychiatry at McLean Hospital at Harvard Medical School in Belmont, Massachusetts. Her postdoctoral fellowship in neurology was conducted at Stanford University School of Medicine, and her clinical fellowship in psychiatry was conducted at McLean Hospital at the Harvard Medical School in Boston, Massachusetts.  She also completed a fellowship in neuroscience at Harvard Medical School. 

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