Matthew W. State, MD, PhD - Contact Information

State - 9/11/13

Title: Chair, Department of Psychiatry; Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor in Psychiatry; and Director of Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute


Stanford University School of Medicine, MD; Yale University School of Medicine, PhD

Biography Summary:

Matthew W. State, MD, PhD, is a child psychiatrist and human geneticist studying pediatric neuropsychiatric syndromes, including autism spectrum disorder (ASD), Tourette disorder (TD), and childhood-onset schizophrenia (COS). His lab focuses on gene discovery as a launching point for efforts to illuminate the biology of these conditions and to develop novel and more effective therapies. 

Dr. State received his undergraduate and medical degrees at Stanford University, completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, and earned a PhD in genetics from Yale University. He was on the faculty at Yale from 2001 to 2013 where he was the Donald J. Cohen Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Genetics and the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Yale Program on Neurogenetics. He is currently the Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor and Chair of Psychiatry at UCSF and Director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and Hospital. 

Dr. State plays a leadership role in a number of national and international collaborative genomics studies of autism and Tourette disorder, including the Simons Simplex Collection Genomics Consortium, and the NIMH-funded Autism Sequencing Consortium and Tourette International Collaboration (TIC) on Genetics. Dr. State has been the recipient of multiple honors and awards including, recently, the Ruane Prize for Child Psychiatric Research and election to the Institute of Medicine.

Research Areas:

Autism spectrum disorders, genetics of autism, genetics and genomics of Tourette Syndrome

Executive Analyst: Gigi Lopez,, (415) 476-7730

Lab Website: UCSF State Lab

Campus Location: Parnassus

Publications on PubMed »


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