Erika Nurmi, M.D., Ph.D.


Member, CTSI

Genetics & Genomics GPB Home Area

Molecular Pharmacology GPB Home Area

Neuroscience GPB Home Area

Assistant Professor In-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Brain Research Institute

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Dr. Erika Nurmi is the medical director of the UCLA Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Intensive Outpatient Program, the associate director of the psychiatry residency research track, and a member of the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division faculty in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Dr. Nurmi's research focuses the genetic basis of childhood OCD and tic disorders. With Dr. James McCracken, she is investigating pharmacogenomic factors in the treatment of autism, ADHD, anxiety, and depression. She also collaborates with Dr. Edythe London in examining genetic predictors of substance abuse phenotypes.


A selected list of publications:

Sakolsky Dara J, McCracken James T, Nurmi Erika L   Genetics of pediatric anxiety disorders Child and adolescent psychiatric clinics of North America, 2012; 21(3): 479-500.
McCauley Jacob L, Olson Lana M, Delahanty Ryan, Amin Taneem, Nurmi Erika L, Organ Edward L, Jacobs Michelle M, Folstein Susan E, Haines Jonathan L, Sutcliffe James S   A linkage disequilibrium map of the 1-Mb 15q12 GABA(A) receptor subunit cluster and association to autism American journal of medical genetics. Part B, Neuropsychiatric genetics : the official publication of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, 2004; 131B(1): 51-9.
Nurmi Erika L, Dowd Michael, Tadevosyan-Leyfer Ovsanna, Haines Jonathan L, Folstein Susan E, Sutcliffe James S   Exploratory subsetting of autism families based on savant skills improves evidence of genetic linkage to 15q11-q13 Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2003; 42(7): 856-63.
Sutcliffe James S, Han Michael K, Amin Taneem, Kesterson Robert A, Nurmi Erika L   Partial duplication of the APBA2 gene in chromosome 15q13 corresponds to duplicon structures BMC genomics, 2003; 4(1): 15.
Sutcliffe James S, Nurmi Erika L, Lombroso Paul J   Genetics of childhood disorders: XLVII. Autism, part 6: duplication and inherited susceptibility of chromosome 15q11-q13 genes in autism Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2003; 42(2): 253-6.