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Jong H. Yoon

Jong H. Yoon

Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology-Adult) at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs Health Care System
BA, Swarthmore College, Sociology/Anthropology (1990)
MD, New York University School of Medicine (1995)
Internship, University of California San Francisco (1996)
Residency, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute - University of California San Francisco, Psychiatry (1999)
Board Certification, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (1999)
Post-Doctoral Fellowship, University of California Berkeley, Cognitive Neuroscience/Functional Neuroimaging (2005)
Jong H. Yoon, MD, is a clinician scientist with a focus on developing mechanism based treatments for schizophrenia and psychosis. Dr. Yoon has experience in establishing multi-disciplinary first episode psychosis clinics and providing direct care to patients and family members in this setting. He is dually appointed at the Palo Alto VA, where he serves as the Medical Director of the Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) Neuromodulation Clinic. As a cognitive neuroscientist, he has led a number of federally funded projects utilizing cutting edge in vivo neuroimaging methods. HIs work is particularly interested in investigating impairments in the function of the basal ganglia, which gives rise to cognitive and information processing deficits and psychosis in schizophrenia. Towards these ends, he has been developing novel high resolution fMRI methods to more accurately measure the functional properties of basal ganglia nuclei. Dr. Yoon is also developing new neuroimaging approaches for indexing brain function and dysfunction, including methods for measuring task-evoked GABA levels in the brain and applying a newly developed tracer for determining synaptic health in humans. He received his medical degree from the New York University School of Medicine and residency training in adult psychiatry at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at University of California San Francisco. He completed a post-doctoral fellowship in cognitive neuroscience and functional neuroimaging at University of California Berkeley.