Steven G. Potkin, MD

Steven G. Potkin, MD holds the Robert R. Sprague Endowed Chair in Brain Imaging and is Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. Dr Potkin received his medical degree from Washington University in St. Louis and trained as a psychiatrist at Duke University and NIMH. He is also Director of the UCI Neuropsychiatric Research Group and principal investigator at the Long Beach VA in California.


Dr. Potkin’s major research interests are investigating the underlying causes of schizophrenia, affective disorder and dementia, by using neuroimaging, neurophysiology, neuropsychology, genomic and post-mortem neuroscience investigations. His goal is to develop novel treatment for these illnesses. He has also conducted dozens of related studies as principal investigator or co-investigator, including several funded by the National Institutes of Health.


Dr Potkin has authored and coauthored more than 290 articles published in peer-reviewed journals and has contributed 24 book chapters to the literature. He is a distinguished life fellow of the American Psychiatric Association and a member of the Scientific Council of the Brain and Behavior Foundation (formally known as the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression [NARSAD]). A founding member of the International College of Geriatric Psychopharmacology and the International Society for Clinical Trials and Methodology (ISCTM), Dr Potkin has delivered several hundred presentations by invitation at national and international meetings. He has received the AE Bennett Award, the Balter Award, and the Distinguished Investigator NARSAD Grant Award, and is on the list of “Best Doctors in America.”