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Innovator Grants Program

Promoting research and collaborative scholarly projects to advance the academic interests of our faculty and the strategic themes of our department.

The Innovator Grants Program is designed to promote research and collaborative scholarly projects advancing the academic interests of our faculty and the strategic themes of the Department with two offerings:

  • Pilot Studies in novel scientific areas that have high potential to lead to competitive grant applications
  • Small Scholarly Projects related to areas including education, clinical care, community and health systems, and professional development

Projects across the full spectrum of science and scholarship are encouraged each year, and a large number of highly meritorious applications have been received, far exceeding the amount of funding available. The selected projects represent those most highly rated by reviewers and recognized for salience and balance across department missions. 

Funded Projects by Year

Pilot Studies

  • Tali Ball, Ph.D. (PI), Katie Fracalanza, Ph.D.
    Development and Pilot of a Single Session Anxiety Management Intervention
  • Mickey T. Trockel, M.D., Ph.D. (PI), Ripal Shah, M.D., MPH; Nikitha K. Menon, BA
    Understanding Race-Related Resilience and Protective Factors in Experience and Measurement of Burnout: Studying How to Appropriately Evaluate Distress in Racial Minority Physicians
  • Agnieszka Kalinowski, M.D., Ph.D. (PI), Jong Yoon, M.D., MPH and Alexander Urban, Ph.D.
    Validation study of high molecular weight C4A protein in PBMCs from patients with Schizophrenia
  • Amy Alexander, M.D. (PI), Yasmin Owusu, M.D.; Seanna Leath, Ph.D.; Eyuel Terefe, PGY-4
    Racial discrimination in medicine: understanding individual and institutional factors that affect perceived discrimination
  • Isheeta Zalpuri, M.D. (PI), Grace Gengoux, Ph.D., BCBA-D, Sallie De Golia M.D., MPH, Kim Bullock, M.D.
    Leadership Academy: Improving Professional Fulfillment for Psychiatry Department Faculty through Joint Leadership Training
  • William Giardino, Ph.D. (PI)
    Sexually Dimorphic Hormonal Influences on Stress Neurocircuit Function
  • Flint M. Espil, Ph.D. (PI), Ian H. Kratter, M.D., Ph.D.
    Broadening the OCD Horizons: A Pilot Study to Establish the Validity of Pictures for Individualized Symptom Provocation
  • Ehsan Adeli, Ph.D. (PI), Edith V. Sullivan, Ph.D.
    Prediction of Postural Instability for Relating Static Balance and Dynamic Gait Features to Central Nervous System Mechanisms in Alcohol Use Disorder and Mild Cognitive Impairment
  • Erin Gibson, Ph.D. (PI)
    Circadian Control of White Matter Maturation: A New Perspective on Autism
  • Daryn Reicherter, M.D. (PI), David Cohen, Ph.D., Ryan Matlow, Ph.D.,  Beth van Schaack, Ph.D., J.D.
    Defining Human Psychology as the Target of Crimes Against Humanity: A New Mechanism to Bring Mental Health Resources to the Traumatized Survivors
  • Rania Awaad, M.D. (PI)
    Suicide Prevention and Postvention Trainings for  Muslim Community Leaders
  • Scott Hall, Ph.D. (PI), Joy Pollard, Ph.D.
    Evaluating a Telehealth System for the Treatment of Gaze Avoidance in Children with ASD using Google Glass Enterprise Edition
  • Pablo Paredes, Ph.D. (PI)
    Calm Me Now: Experimental sensing and intervention platform to explore optimal times to deliver just-in-time stress management interventions to increase adherence

Small Scholarly Projects

  • Yasmin Owusu, M.D. (PI), Ketetha Olengue, M.D. and Ripal Shah, M.D., MPH
    Processing of Anti-Black Racism through Intradepartmental Black Community Building Events
  • Huiqiong Deng, M.D., Ph.D.. (PI),  Amy Alexander, M.D., Aaron Winkler, M.D., Katherine Fu, M.D., Rishab Gupta, M.D.,  Hira Ayub Silat, M.D., Donna Tran B.S., B.A.
    Impacts of Discrimination and Racism Experienced by Asian American Medical Students, Residents, and Fellows Subsequent to Covid-19
  • Ripal Shah, M.D., MPH (PI), Carmin Powell, M.D.; Carolyn Rodriguez, M.D., Ph.D.; Magali Fassiotto, Ph.D.; Tene Redman, M.D.
    Engaging in Anti-Racism Conversations Using Restorative Justice
  • Sanno Zack, Ph.D. (PI), Alix Simonson, M.S., Hannah Steinberg, B.S.
    Reducing Drop-out for Racially Diverse Patients in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Groups
  • Lawrence M McGlynn, M.D. (PI), Ripal Shah, M.D., MPH; Robert Meisner, M.D. Studying LGBTQ+ Mental Health Consequences of Relational Distress and Loss during COVID-19
  • Steven Sust, M.D. (PI), Shashank Joshi, M.D., FAAP, DFAACAP, Steven Adelsheim, M.D., Vicki Harrison, M.S.W., Ivan Rodriguez, M.F.A.
    Revisiting Young Adults in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet: Multiple Missed Opportunities to Change the Ending
  • Christina Tara Khan, M.D., Ph.D. (PI)
    Assessing traumatic stress and burnout in physician trainees
  • Elizabeth Reichert, Ph.D. (PI) and Mari Kurahashi, M.D., MPH, David Hong, M.D. (PI)
    Empowering Parents to Protect Children from Mental Health Consequences of COVID-19 through the Stanford Parenting Center
  • Janani Venugopalakrishnan, M.D., MPH (PI), Kate Hardy, ClinPsyD
    Virtual reality based Telehealth therapeutic intervention in first onset psychosis

For general inquiries about this program,
please contact Kyle McKinley, Program Manager, at kylemck@stanford.edu