Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.

Nancy C. Andreasen, M.D., Ph.D.

Joined the Scientific Council in 1995

Professor, The Andrew H. Woods Chair of Psychiatry
Director, Psychiatry Iowa Neuroimaging Consortium
University of Iowa Carver College of Medicine

A foremost authority on schizophrenia and a recipient of the National Medal of Science, Dr. Andreasen pioneered the use of fMRI to study mental illness. Her work was among the first to suggest that schizophrenia is linked to abnormal brain development and that a decrease in the size of the brain’s frontal lobe is associated with certain symptoms of the disorder, including impaired cognitive function.

Dr. Andreasen’s research has also provided insight into the brain mechanisms underlying language, emotion and the creative process. She led the first extensive empirical study of creativity and was the first to recognize the association between creativity and bipolar disorder. Among her 15 books is a “brain trilogy” she wrote to educate nonscientists about neuroscience, mental illness and creativity. Her 2005 book, “The Creating Brain: The Neuroscience of Genius,” examines questions of creativity, including the influence of genes and environment.

NARSAD Grants: Distinguished Investigator 1993 and 2007

Foundation Prizes: 2000 Lieber Prize for Outstanding Achievement in Schizophrenia Research