UCLA Brain Stimulation Laboratory
Our primary research interest at the UCLA Brain Stimulation Laboratory is non-invasive brain stimulation as an intervention for psychiatric disorders. We recently completed clinical trials using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) for unipolar depression, bipolar depression, and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD) and using transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) for Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI). We also plan to conduct clinical trials using low-intensity focused ultrasound pulsation (LIFUP) for epilepsy, coma, and Alzheimer's Disease.
Other current research projects involve the psychophysiology of social anxiety disorder; and how the belief structures of persons with psychological problems change following cognitive-behavioral therapy. We are also engaged in translational research by studying the effects of LIFUP on rats with PTSD.