Carolyn Rodriguez


Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (Public Mental Health and Population Sciences)

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Biography


Dr. Carolyn Rodriguez is Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Stanford University School of Medicine, Associate Chair for Inclusion and Diversity in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University, and a Consultation-Liaison Psychiatrist at the Palo Alto Veterans Affairs. As the Director of the Translational Therapeutics Lab and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Dr. Rodriguez leads studies investigating the brain basis of severe mental disorders. Her landmark clinical trials pioneer rapid-acting treatments for illnesses including Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Her NIH-, foundation-, and donor-funded mechanistic and clinical efficacy studies span targeted glutamatergic and opioid pathway pharmacotherapy, noninvasive brain stimulation, and psychotherapy for OCD, PTSD, and hoarding disorder.

Dr. Rodriguez also serves as Deputy Editor of The American Journal of Psychiatry, member of the Research Council of the American Psychiatric Association, member of Brain & Behavior Research Foundation Scientific Council, and Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board member of the International OCD Foundation. She has won several national awards, including the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE). The PECASE recognizes investigators who are pursuing bold and innovative projects at the early stages of their careers and is considered one of the highest honors in scientific research. Carolyn presented her research at the World Economic Forum in Davos and Fortune Brainstorm Health 2022 and her work has been highlighted by organizations including NPR, PBS, New York Times, ABC News, NBC News, Newsweek, Fortune, and Time.com. She contributes articles to Harvard Business Review and Huffington Post to share scientific findings with the public.

Carolyn received her B.S. in Computer Science from Harvard University, followed by an M.D. from Harvard Medical School-M.I.T. and a Ph.D. in Neuroscience and Genetics from Harvard Medical School. Born in San Juan, Puerto Rico, she now lives with her husband and three children in Palo Alto.

Professional Summary


Professional Education
  • Residency: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (2008) NY
  • Internship: Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center (2005) NY
  • Fellowship: New York Presbyterian Columbia Dept of Psychology (2011) NY
  • Board Certification: American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, Psychiatry (2009)
  • BS, Harvard University, Computer Science (1996)
  • PhD, Harvard Medical School, Neuroscience (2004)
  • MD, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Health Sciences and Technology (2004)
  • Medical Education: Harvard Medical School (2004) MA
  • Residency, Columbia University-NYSPI, Psychiatry (2008)
  • Board Certification, Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology (2009)

Honors & Awards
  • A.E. Bennett Research Award for Outstanding Contributions to Clinical/Translational Research, Society for Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) (2017)
  • Chairman’s Annual Award for Excellence Across Multiple Missions, Stanford Medical School, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (2018)
  • Eva King Killam Research Award for Outstanding Translational Research Contributions, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2017)
  • Gerald R. Klerman Award Honorable Mention for outstanding clinical research achievement, Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (BBRF/NARSAD) (2017)
  • Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Award, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (2015)
  • Neuropsychopharmacology Editor's Award for Tranformative Original Report (NEATOR) Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (2014)
  • Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), United States Government (2019)
  • Robins/Guze Award, American Psychopathological Association (2014)

Administrative Appointments
  • Associate Chair - Inclusion and Diversity, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Stanford University School of Medicine (2018 - Present)
  • Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Stanford University School of Medicine (2020 - Present)
  • Clinical Lab Director, Stanford Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging (CNI) (2018 - Present)
  • Director, Stanford Hoarding Disorders Research Program (2015 - Present)
  • Director, Translational OCD Research Program (2015 - Present)
  • Director, Translational Therapeutics/Rodriguez Lab (2015 - Present)

Publications

Clinical Trials

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Practice Locations


SHC- Psychiatry Palo Alto, CA
Palo Alto, CA

401 Quarry Rd

Palo Alto , CA 94304

(650) 498-9111

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