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Matthew Louis Edwards
Affiliate, Dean's Office Operations - Dean Other
Bio Matthew Edwards is a resident physician in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University. His clinical interests are in community psychiatry and his research interests lie at the intersection of medical history, ethics and public policy.
Matthew graduated from Princeton University in 2010 with a degree in Sociology and received a graduate certificate in public health from the University of Texas School of Public Health in 2012. He received his MD with honors in research from the University of Texas Medical Branch School of Medicine in 2017. He was a Pearce Fellow in the History of Medicine at the Clendening Library of the University of Kansas Medical Center in 2015.
Resident in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Bio I am a research-track psychiatry resident at Stanford Hospital, pursuing a career at the interface of research and clinical practice. I am interested in how we learn about rewards and punishments, how we make decisions based on this knowledge, and how these systems break down in neuropsychiatric disease. Before arriving at Stanford, I earned an MD/PhD at Harvard Medical School, where I used optogenetic, electrophysiologic, and behavioral approaches to probe the neural circuit regulating dopamine release. My goal was to provide insight into how dopamine normally functions during reward learning, and how this process might go wrong in neuropsychiatric disease. Prior to that, I conducted research at the National Institutes of Health, Princeton University, the World Health Organization, and University College London, exploring the development of reward processing over adolescence, the computational strategies we use to simplify decisions, and the neural circuit that underlies these processes in both mice and humans. Outside the laboratory and clinic, I play clarinet in chamber groups and orchestras and I'm a passionate advocate for lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) health equality.