Carrie Bearden

Carrie Bearden

Carrie Bearden received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the UCLA faculty in 2003. Currently, she is a Professor in the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and Brain Research Institute, with a joint appointment in the Department of Psychology at UCLA. Dr. Bearden's research aims to understand neurobiological risk factors for the development of serious mental illness in youth, using converging methods to study cognition and neuroanatomy in clinical high-risk cohorts (e.g., adolescents with early symptoms of psychosis), and in highly penetrant genetic conditions , particularly 22q11.2 mutations. Her recent work focuses on translational approaches to understanding disrupted brain circuitry in developmental neuropsychiatric disorders, particularly in the context of rare genetic disorders. She is the Director of the Center for the Assessment and Prevention of Prodromal States (CAPPS), and leads the 22q11 working group of the ENIGMA (Enhancing Neuroimaging Genetics Through Meta-Analysis) consortium. She co-directs the Neurobehavioral Genetics Training Grant at UCLA and is Assistant Editor of Biological Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, and Schizophrenia Bulletin. She is a Fellow of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and the Association for Psychological Science, and chairs the DSM-V Serious Mental Disorders Committee and the Women’s Leadership Group of the Society of Biological Psychiatry. Dr. Bearden has received numerous awards and honors, both for her research achievements and for teaching and mentorship.