Mark A. Geyer, Ph.D.

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Mark A. Geyer, Ph.D.

JOINED THE SCIENTIFIC COUNCIL IN 2001

Distinguished Professor of Psychiatry and Neurosciences
Vice Chair, Scientific Affairs, Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Diego
Chief, Neuropsychopharmacology, VISN 22 Veterans
Administration Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Centers
Associate Chief, Psychophysiology
VA Center of Excellence for Stress and Mental Health

A pioneer in the translational study of sensorimotor gating deficits in schizophrenia and related animal models, Dr. Geyer develops parallel behavioral and psychophysiological paradigms in animals and humans for psychiatric drug discovery. These paradigms are also used to examine neurotransmitter functions, validate animal models of human drug effects and explore information-processing deficits in brain and behavior disorders. His laboratory is currently developing rodent tests of specific cognitive domains relevant to the MATRICS and CNTRICS efforts funded by the NIMH to improve cognitive deficits in schizophrenia.

Dr. Geyer has been teaching at UCSD since 1979. He also leads the psychophysiological components of the Veteran Administrations/Department of Defense Marine Resiliency Studies I and II, identifying post-traumatic stress disorder risk predictors.

NARSAD Grants: Distinguished Investigator 1996