School of Medicine

Psychiatry Autism Research


Hilary Coon, PhD

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Child Psychiatry, Genetic Epidemiology, Nicotine Dependence, Obesity, Pulmonary fibrosis, Statistical Genetics, Suicide

Fellowship: University of Colorado, Institute for Behavioral Genetics, Colorado Adoption Project


William M. McMahon, MD

As Chairman of Psychiatry from 2007 until 2015, Dr. McMahon worked to build excellent clinical services and systems of care at the University of Utah. He is Board-Certified in adult psychiatry and in the sub-specialty of child and adolescent psychiatry. He has cared for children, adolescents and adults in inpatient, outpatient and other settings ... Read More

Specialties: Psychiatry

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: University of Kansas - Kansas City


Phone: 801-585-7442

Deborah Bilder, MD

Deborah Bilder, MD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry in the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Utah.  She also holds adjunct appointments in the departments of Pediatrics and Educational Psychology.  She completed the triple board residency program (Pediatrics, General Psychiatry, Chi... Read More

Specialties: General Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Psychiatry, Child & Adolescent

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: Vanderbilt University


Phone: 801-581-7952

Amanda V. Bakian, PhD

Amanda Bakian, PhD, Research Associate Professor, joined the Department of Psychiatry in 2010 as epidemiologist for the Utah Registry of Autism and Developmental Disabilities (URADD). In 2011, she joined the Psychiatry faculty. Amanda oversees the operation of two public health surveillance systems in Utah. She is currently Director and Epidemiolog... Read More

Research Interests: Environmental Epidemiology, Experimental Design, Outcomes Research, Gene-Environment Interaction, Geographical Epidemiology, Public Health Surveillance Systems, Spatial Statistics

Fellowship: Kyoto University


Phone: 801-581-5413

Todd M. Darlington, PhD

Research Interests: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Models, Statistical, Psychiatric Genetics, Statistical Genetics, Suicide

Fellowship: University of Utah


Phone: 801-213-5763

Nicola J. Camp, PhD

Nicola J. Camp, PhD Professor, Internal Medicine Senior Research Director, Utah Population Database Co-Director, STARS Training Program Nicola J. Camp, PhD, is a professor in the Departments of Medicine (Division of  Hematology and Hematologic Malignancies) and Human Genetics at the University of Utah School of Medicine. She is a Hunt... Read More


Phone: 801-213-5767

Erin A. S. Clark, MD

Division Chief, Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Erin A. S. Clark, MD, is an Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at University of Utah Health. She is board-certified in Obstetrics and Gynecology and the sub-specialty of Maternal-Fetal Medicine.  She specializes in managing high-risk pregnancies with a focus on women who have current or previous pregnancy complications, incl... Read More

Research Interests: Pelvic Floor Dysfunction Related to Childbirth, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Prenatal Care, Preterm Birth, Puerperal Infection

Specialties: Maternal-Fetal Medicine

Fellowship: University of Utah School of Medicine

Residency: University of Utah School of Medicine

Medical School: Mayo Medical School


Phone: 801-581-8425

Brandon A. Zielinski, MD, PhD

Dr. Brandon Zielinski, MD, PhD, is the Director of Inpatient Neurology at PCMC. He joined the Division of Pediatric Neurology in 2010 after completing his neurology and pediatric neurology subspecialty training at the University of California San Francisco. Dr. Zielinski’s clinical focus on acute care fills a 'neurohospitalist' role, ... Read More

Research Interests: Adolescent Development, Child Development, Clinical Neuroimaging, Functional neuroimaging of human cognition, Human Development, Neural Networks (Computer), Neurobiology, Neuroimaging, Neuroimaging studies in TBI (traumatic brain injury)/depression/trauma/substance abuse, Relationships between personality traits and the brain, Brain networks, Sex differences in the brain, Neurology, Neurosciences

Specialties: Pediatric Neurology

Fellowship: University of California at San Francisco

Residency: University of Utah and Primary Children's Medical Center

Medical School: University of Colorado Health Sciences Center


Phone: 801-213-3599

Christopher T. Gregg, PhD

RESEARCH OVERVIEW A major goal of our research is to uncover novel genetic and epigenetic mechanisms in the brain that regulate motivated behaviors. Alterations to motivated behaviors occur in a wide range of disorders, including anxiety disorders, major depression, addiction, bipolar disorder, autism spectrum disorders and eating disorders. M... Read More

Research Interests: Brain Diseases, Computational Biology, Epigenetics, Evolution, Genome Engineering, Genomic and Personalized Medicine, Human and Mouse Genetics, Molecular Biology, Motivated Behaviors, Neuronal Circuitry, Neurosciences


Phone: 801-581-8212

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Megan E. Williams, PhD

Research: OverviewThe brain contains billions of cells called neurons that wire together to construct an amazingly complicated circuit. During brain development, neurons form synapses, which are specialized inter-neuronal connections crucial for sending and receiving information. Without synapses, our brains would be useless! In theory, synapses... Read More

Research Interests: Cell Adhesion Molecules, Neuronal, Hippocampus, Learning and Memory, Neurosciences, Synapses


Phone: 801-581-8274

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Gabor Marth, DSc

Dr. Marth is Professor of Human Genetics and Co-Director of the Utah Center for Genetic Discovery at University of Utah Health Sciences Center. He is an internationally recognized expert in the analysis of DNA sequence variations. Dr. Marth and his group played a key role in the development of methods and software that support the use of high-throu... Read More

Fellowship: Washington University School of Medicine


Lab: Lab Website

Aaron Quinlan, PhD

Aaron Quinlan, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Human Genetics and Biomedical Informatics at the University of Utah. He received his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from the College of William and Mary and his Ph.D. from Boston College where he focused on population genetics, new methods for emerging DNA sequencing technologi... Read More

Research Interests: Algorithm and Genomics Software Development, Application of Genomics to Clinical Care, Cancer Genetics, Chromosome Stability and Somatic Genome Evolution, Genetics of Complex Disease, Human Genome Interpretation, Nucleotide Repeat Disorders, Population Genomics


Yue Zhang, PhD

Research Interests: Bayesian Inference, Clustered and Longitudinal Data Analysis, Development and Application of Statistical Methods in the Epidemiology and Clinical Trial, Flexible Semiparametric Regression, Latent Variable Methods, MCMC Simulation, Multilevel and Joint Outcome Modeling Techniques, Multivariate Analysis and Quantile Regression, Stochastic Processes, Survival Analysis

Fellowship: University of Southern California, Keck School of Medicine


Phone: 801-213-3735