CDI Faculty

Alan F. Schatzberg

Alan F. Schatzberg, MD

Dr. Schatzberg's research examines the biology and psychopharmacology of depressive disorders. Past studies include norepinephrine systems in depression as a means of subtyping, the biology of delusions in major depression, the clinical pharmacology of nondelusional depression with a focus on chronic depression, and the pharmacogenetics of antidepressant response. He was elected into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences in 2003, and he holds or has held co-editor, editorial board, or presidential positions with several journals and societies. From 1991 to 2010, he was the Chair of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.


  • Kenneth T. Norris, Jr., Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA



  • MD, 1968, New York University School of Medicine, Medicine


Relevant Publications

  • Cohen J. D., Nichols T., Keller J., Gomez R. G., Schatzberg A. F., Reiss A. L. (2013). Insular cortex abnormalities in psychotic major depression: Relationship to gender and psychotic symptoms. Neurosci Res, 75(4), 331-339. doi: 10.1016/j.neures.2013.02.005
  • Lembke A., Gomez R., Tenakoon L., Keller J., Cohen G., Williams G. H., Kraemer F. B., Schatzberg A. F. (2013). The mineralocorticoid receptor agonist, fludrocortisone, differentially inhibits pituitary-adrenal activity in humans with psychotic major depression. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38(1), 115-121. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.05.006
  • Kerman I. A., Bernard R., Bunney W. E., Jones E. G., Schatzberg A. F., Myers R. M., Barchas J. D., Akil H., Watson S. J., Thompson R. C. (2012). Evidence for transcriptional factor dysregulation in the dorsal raphe nucleus of patients with major depressive disorder. Front Neurosci, 6, 135. doi: 10.3389/fnins.2012.00135
  • Sequeira A., Morgan L., Walsh D. M., Cartagena P. M., Choudary P., Li J., Schatzberg A. F., Watson S. J., Akil H., Myers R. M., Jones E. G., Bunney W. E., Vawter M. P. (2012). Gene expression changes in the prefrontal cortex, anterior cingulate cortex and nucleus accumbens of mood disorders subjects that committed suicide. PLoS One, 7(4), e35367. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0035367
  • Che A. M., Gomez R. G., Keller J., Lembke A., Tennakoon L., Cohen G. H., Schatzberg A. F. (2012). The relationships of positive and negative symptoms with neuropsychological functioning and their ability to predict verbal memory in psychotic major depression. Psychiatry Res, 198(1), 34-38. doi: 10.1016/j.psychres.2011.12.001