Departmental Innovator Grant Program

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Small Grant Program, launched in 2015, was designed to promote research and collaborative scholarly projects advancing the academic interests of our faculty and the strategic themes of our department.  Rebranded as the Departmental Innovator Grant Program in 2018, awards include Pilot Studies in novel scientific areas that have high potential to lead to competitive grant applications and Small Scholarly Projects related to education, clinical care, community outreach, and health systems issues, such as health care quality.

Funded Projects by Year

Pilot Studies

  • Manpreet Singh, M.D., M.S. (PI), Nolan Williams, M.D.; Hugh Brent Solvason, Ph.D., M.D., Keith Sudheimer, Ph.D., and Antonio Hardan, M.D.
    Evaluating the efficacy and tolerability of targeted transcranial magnetic stimulation in youth
  • Richard Shaw, M.D. (PI), Booil Jo, Ph.D., and LaTrice L. Dowtin, Ph.D.
    Group-Based Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavior Therapy (TF-CBT) to Prevent Psychological Stress in Parents of Premature Infants
  • Peter van Roessel, M.D., Ph.D., (PI), Booil Jo, Ph.D., Chi-Ming Chen, Ph.D., and Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.
    Vestibular Neuromodulation of Insight: A Pilot Study in Obsessive-Compulsive Spectrum Disorders
  • Luis de Lecea, Ph.D. (PI), Jeremy Borniger, Ph.D.,  Andrew Krystal, M.D., (UCSF), Aric Prather, Ph.D., (UCSF), and Brice Gaudilliere, M.D., Ph.D. (Anesthesia)
    Linking Brain to Immunity via Deep Brain Stimulation and Mass Cytometry
  • Andrea Goldstein-Piekarski, Ph.D. (PI) and Nolan Williams, M.D.
    Sleep as a Mechanistic Target and Predictive Biomarker of an accelerated rTMS Intervention for Depression and Suicidality
  • John Leikauf, M.D. (PI), Leanne Williams, Ph.D., and Carlos Correa, BS
  • Daryn Reicherter, M.D. (PI) and Ryan Matlow, Ph.D.
    Expansion of Trauma Mental Health Outcomes Data Collection in Survivors for Advocacy in Three Different Legal Contexts
  • Jong Yoon, M.D. (PI) and Daniel Jurafsky
    Developing Automated Methods for Characterizing Speech and Language Disturbances in Schizophrenia

Small Scholarly Projects

Thalia Robakis, M.D., Ph.D. (PI) and Jane Paik Kim, Ph.D.
Maternal attachment style in relation to parenting practices and child development