Amit Etkin, MD, PhD

Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, a member of the Stanford Neurosciences Institute, and an Investigator in the VA Sierra-Pacific Mental Illness Research Education and Clinical Center (MIRECC) at the Palo Alto VA. 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. He also received the BRAINS (Biobehavioral Research Award for Innovative New Scientists) R01 Award from the NIMH, and is an Associate Editor at Neuropsychopharmacology. 

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Former Undergrad, Post-Baccalaureate, and Research Assistants

Where are they now? 

  • Hersh Trivedi, Medical Student, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

  • Karen Monuszko, Duke University

  • Kasra Sarhadi, MD/MPH Candidate, University of Miami Leonard M. Miller School of Medicine

  • Parker Longwell, University of Massachusetts Amherst

  • Lewis Kerwin, Weill Cornell Medicine

  • Rachael Wright, Duke University

  • Redwan Maatoug, Pierre et Marie Curie

  • Roshan Burns, Medical Student, UC Irvine

Former Postdoctoral Fellows and Residents

Where are they now? 

  • Anett Gyurak, Facebook

  • Brain Patenaude, Google

  • Desmond Oathes, Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania

  • Jill Waring, Assistant Professor, University of St. Louis 

  • Julia Huemer, Medical University of Vienna, Austria, Europe

  • Lisa McTeague, Assistant Professor, University of Charleston South Carolina

  • Madeleine Goodkind, Psychologist, New Mexico VA Health Care System

  • Naho Ichikawa, Assistant Professor, University of Hiroshima, Japan