Patricia A. Areán, PhD - Contact Information

Patricia A. Areán, PhD

Title: Professor


Fairleigh Dickinson University, PhD

Postgraduate Training:

UCSF, NIMH Clinical Services Research Fellowship

Biography Summary:

Patricia A. Arean is a professor in the Department of Psychiatry and is a licensed clinical psychologist. She is currently the director of the NIH-funded Community Academic Research Training Alliance Fellowship Program, the chair of the Department of Psychiatry's Diversity Committee, and the department facilitator on mentoring. Her research focus is on the recognition and treatment of mental disorders in older adults and minority populations, particularly in recognition and treatment of depression that is identified in non-mental health settings. Dr. Areán has published several articles on the recognition and treatment of late life depression and anxiety, as well as methods for recruiting and retaining older, minority elderly into longitudinal research. She has been funded by several agencies, including SAMHSA, NIMH, NIA, and the Hartford Foundation. She was a psychotherapy expert for the IMPACT study, a multi-site trail of stepped care for depression in older primary care patients, and for the PRISMe study, an 11 site study of the integration of mental health care for the treatment of depression, anxiety and alcohol abuse in older minority medical patients. She is currently funded by NIMH to study the efficacy of Problem Solving Therapy and Supportive Therapy in treating depression in older adults with mild cognitive impairments, and the use of case management and problem solving therapy for depression in low-income and home bound elderly. She is hte PI on an Interventions and Practice Research Infrastrucutre Program (IP-RISP) in partnership with the Famly Service Agency of San Francisco, to develop communtiy based research programs for older adults.  She is also a recipeient of an NIMH MidCareer K award in mentorship, and has successfully mentored over 20 research fellows in geriatric mental health research careers.  Her work has won national recognition, resulting in an early career award from the American Psychological Association and a Mid-career Award from NIH for her work on disseminating evidence based practices to low-income older adults with memory impairments and major depression.

Clinical Expertise:

depression, geriatric psychiatry, medically ill populations, minorities (African American and Latino American)

Educational Expertise:

cognitive behavioral therapy, effectiveness research methods, psychotherapy research methods, geriatric psychiatry

Research Areas:

efficacy/effectiveness of psychotherapy in later life, increasing access to mental health services in, low-income and minority elderly


Geriatrics, services research translational research, depression, interventions

Campus Location: Parnassus

Publications on PubMed »

Depression Specialty Clinic
Clinical Services Research Training Program
UCSF Depression Center


Leadership in research, education, psychiatric care and public service