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Research Programs

A talented community of investigators has helped McLean sustain its decades long leadership in neuroscience. Each and everyday McLean researchers are working to better understand the neurobiological basis of psychiatric disease and translate their scientific findings into evidence-based approaches to care.


McLean has integrated the hospital's clinical care, research and education activities into programmatically-based divisions. This divisional structure is dedicated to and geared for translating science into care of the highest quality.

Susan L. Andersen, PhD Laboratory of Developmental Neuropharmacology

Darrick T. Balu, PhD Translational Psychiatry Laboratory

Sabina Berretta, MD Translational Neuroscience Laboratory

Vadim Bolshakov, PhD Cellular Neurobiology Laboratory

S. Barak Caine, PhD Neuroscience and Behavioral Pharmacology Laboratory

Bill Carlezon, PhD Behavioral Genetics Laboratory

Elena H. Chartoff, PhD Neurobiology of Motivated Behavior Laboratory

Sangmi Chung, PhD Translational Stem Cell Neurobiology Laboratory

Joseph T. Coyle, MD Laboratory for Psychiatric and Molecular Neuroscience

Kwang-Soo Kim, PhD Molecular Neurobiology Laboratory

David Yue-Wei Lee, PhD Bio-Organic and Natural Products Research Laboratory

Zhicheng (Carl) Lin, PhD Laboratory of Psychiatric Neurogenomics

Uwe Rudolph, Dr med Laboratory of Genetic Neuropharmacology

Peter Siekmeier, MS, MD Laboratory for Computational Neuroscience

Frank I. Tarazi, MBBS, PhD, MBA Psychiatric Neuroscience Laboratory

Anju Vasudevan, PhD Angiogenesis and Brain Development Laboratory

T. Wilson Woo, MD, PhD Laboratory for Cellular Neuropathology

Randy P. Auerbach, PhD, ABPP Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Laboratory

Thröstur Björgvinsson, PhD, ABPP Behavioral Health Partial Clinical Research Program

J. Alexander Bodkin, MD Clinical Psychopharmacology Research Program

Daniel G. Dillon, PhD Motivated Learning and Memory Laboratory

Jason A. Elias, PhD OCDI Office of Clinical Assessment and Research

Oscar G. Morales, MD Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) Research

Diego A. Pizzagalli, PhD Laboratory for Translational and Affective Neuroscience

Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory

Isabelle M. Rosso, PhD Anxiety and Traumatic Stress Disorders Laboratory

Stephen J. Seiner, MD Electroconvulsive Therapy (ECT) Research