Small 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

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

  • Mahendra Bhati, M.D. (PI), and Amit Etkin, M.D., Ph.D.     
    Detecting and inhibiting fear with responsive neurostimulation (RNS) of the human amygdala
  • Kim Bullock, M.D. (PI), Jeremy N. Bailenson, Ph.D., and Andrea Stevenson Won, Ph.D.
    A Randomized Controlled Trial of Virtual Reality Delivered Mirror Visual Feedback for Functional Neurological Disorder
  • James R. Jacobs, M.D., Ph.D. (PI), Keith Sudheimer, Ph.D.
    The Neurophysiology of Secrets
  • Agnieszka Kalinowski, M.D., Ph.D. (PI), Alexander Urban, Ph.D., Ruth O'Hara, Ph.D., Jacob Ballon, M.D., M.P.H., Laramie Duncan, Ph.D., and Steve Ho, B.S.        
    Leveraging Metabolomics and Genomics of Dopamine Regulation for Precision Medicine to Treat Psychiatric Disorders
  • Adam Miner, Psy.D. (PI), Stewart Agras, M.D., Bruce Arnow, Ph.D., and Nigam Shah, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.          
    Natural language processing to detect features of successful psychotherapy

Seed Grants*

  • Kristine Luce, Ph.D. (PI), Tali Ball, Ph.D. (PI), and Leanne Williams, Ph.D.
    Personalized trans-diagnostic group therapy for anxiety: Program development and quality improvement
  • Jamie Zeitzer, Ph.D. (PI), Daniel Jin Blum, Ph.D., Fiona Barwick, Ph.D., and Emmanuel During, M.D.
    Restless Leg Syndrome: Does it start with a Gut Feeling?

*Made possible by a generous donor

Small Scholarly Projects

  • Steve Adelsheim, M.D. (PI), and Nina Vasan, M.D.
    The Hope and Hype of Technology Ventures in Transforming Brain Health
  • Belinda Bandstra, M.D., M.A. (PI), Mario Mercurio, Yasmin Owusu, M.D., and Ripal Shah, M.D., M.P.H.       
    Recruitment and Retainment of Underrepresented Minority Faculty and Residents
  • Fiona Barwick, Ph.D. (PI), and Kevin Lee, M.D.
    Student Sleep Health Pilot Project 
  • Ryan Matlow, Ph.D. (PI), and Flint M. Espil, Ph.D.
    Implementing Evidence-Based Mental Health Care in East Palo Alto Schools
  • Lawrence McGlynn, M.D. (PI), Ripal Shah, M.D., M.P.H., and Neir Eshel, M.D., Ph.D.
    LGBTQ Mental Health:  Opportunities for Research and Practice
  • Norah Simpson, Ph.D. (PI), and Scott Kutscher, M.D.
    Development and Evaluation of a Sleep Health Educational Resource for Stanford Student Athletes
  • Shannon Sullivan, M.D. (PI), and Michelle Cao, D.O.
    Home-Based Early Detection of Disrupted Sleep in Children with Risk Factors for Sleep Disordered Breathing
  • Mytilee Vemuri, M.D., M.B.A. (PI)
    Addressing Cultural factors affecting Professional Fulfillment within the Department of Psychiatry Outpatient Clinics