Tony Yang, MD, PhD - Contact Information

Tony Yang, MD, PhD

Title: Associate Professor in Residence


University of California, San Diego, MD, PhD

Postgraduate Training:

Stanford University, Psychiatry Residency and CAP Fellowship & Research Training

Biography Summary:

Tony Yang graduated Phi Beta Kappa from The Johns Hopkins University in 1985. Following his undergraduate education, he attended UC San Diego in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP). He obtained his PhD in the lab of Dr. Floyd Bloom at The Scripps Research Institute. His PhD thesis focused on applying Magnetoencephalography (MEG) to examine neural plasticity and somatosensory cortical reorganization in upper limb amputees and brachial avulsion patients. Upon finishing the MD-PhD program at UCSD in 1996, he entered and completed an internship and adult psychiatry residency program at Stanford University. Following completion of residency, he entered a three-year combined Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellowship and NIMH T32 post-doctoral research training program at Stanford University. In 2002, he graduated from Stanford University and took a position at UCSD as an Assistant Professor where he was promoted to Associate Professor and worked until June 30, 2012.  On July 1, 2012, he joined the faculty at UC San Francisco.  At present, he is an Associate Professor, In Residence, within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Division in the Department of Psychiatry at the UCSF School of Medicine.

Clinical Expertise:

 Diagnosis and treatment of adolescent depression.  Dr. Yang is the Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist attending physician in the Tuesday afternoons General Assessment Clinic within the Child and Adolescent Psychiatry division at the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at UCSF.

Educational Expertise:

Lectures on the assessment, formulation and treatment of adolescent depression and the use of functional MRI to understand the underlying neural correlates of major depression in adolescents.

Research Areas:

Dr. Yang’s research focus is on the study of adolescent depression using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). He has had funding support for his research from the NARSAD foundation, the Klingenstein Third Generation Foundation, and NIMH. He has had a 5-year NIMH Career Development Award (K23) from NIMH to study adolescent depression.  He currently has a 5 year R01 grant from NIMH to apply functional MRI to study adolescent depression.


Functional MRI, adolescent depression, functional neuroimaging, major depression, mood disorders, amygdala, subgenual anterior cingulate cortex, prefrontal cortex, adolescent psychiatry, translational research.

Campus Location: Parnassus

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