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Amit Etkin, MD, PhD

Amit Etkin, MD, PhD

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Major Laboratories and Clinical Translational Neurosciences Incubator)
Board Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2011)
MD, Columbia University, Medicine (2006)
PhD, Columbia University, Neurobiology (2005)
MPhil, Columbia University, Neurobiology (2003)
BS, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biology (1997)
Phone: 
(650) 725-5736
Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University and a member of the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute. Dr. Etkin is trained as both as a neuroscientist and psychiatrist. He received his MD/PhD at Columbia University with Nobel laureate Eric Kandel, completed his psychiatry residency and concurrent postdoc at Stanford University with Alan Schatzberg, and joined the faculty at Stanford in 2010. Dr. Etkin has received multiple awards, most notably the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award in 2017.

The overarching aim of the Etkin lab is to understand the neural basis of emotional disorders and their treatment, and to leverage this knowledge to better understand how the brain works and to develop novel treatment interventions. In support of this goal, Dr. Etkin also collaborates with neuroscientists, engineers, psychologists, physicians and others to establish a new intellectual, scientific and clinical paradigm for understanding and manipulating human brain circuits in healthy individuals and for treating psychiatric disease.