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Mood Disorders Research Program

The UCLA Mood Disorders Research Program (MDRP) focuses on exploring the etiology of mood disorders through neuroimaging, evaluating factors associated with vulnerability to mood episodes, and finding new treatment options for individuals suffering from mood disorders.

Our research programs are focused on bipolar disorder, major depressive disorder and depression specific to women's life phases (such as pregnancy, postpartum, perimenopause and menopause).

The MDRP was established in 1995 by the UCLA Department of Psychiatry with a mission to cultivate a better understanding of mood disorders through research. Through a diverse group of treatment studies, observational studies and neuroimaging studies, the MDRP has established itself as a leader in the research of the etiology, neurobiology and treatment of mood disorders.

The Program works in tandem with the renowned Mood Disorders Clinic and Women’s Life Center.  This interdisciplinary approach enriches the experience and knowledge of the clinical & research staff and patients alike.

Director: 
Lori Altshuler