Carrie Bearden

Carrie E Bearden

Professor-in-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, University of California Los Angeles


300 Medical Plaza
Suite 2265
Los Angeles , CA 90095


Dr. Carrie Bearden received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and joined the UCLA faculty as Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences at UCLA in 2003. She hold a secondary appointment in the Department of Psychology. She has received numerous awards and honors, including Young Investigator Awards from the International Congress for Schizophrenia Research and the National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD), and the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP), the A.E. Bennett Neuropsychiatric Research Award for Clinical Science in Biological Psychiatry, and the Samuel Gershon Junior Investigator Award from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. Dr. Bearden’s research aims to understand genetic influences on brain structure in the development of psychosis, using converging methods to study cognition and neuroanatomy in clinical high-risk samples (e.g., adolescents at clinical high-risk for psychosis), and in possible ‘genetic subtypes of the disease with very high penetrance (e.g, 22q11.2 microdeletions). Another active research project, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Nelson Freimer, is an NIMH-funded study of neural endophenotypes of bipolar disorder in a genetically isolated population in Latin America.

Awards and Honors

  • “100 in 100” Honoree: 100 Trailblazing Women of UCLA Health, UCLA, 2020.
  • Brain Research Institute HW Magoun Distinguished Lecture, UCLA, 2022.
  • George N. Thompson Award for Distinguished Service, Society of Biological Psychiatry ((team award to Womens’ Leadership Group), 2022.
  • Fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, Association for Psychological Science, 2019.
  • Joel Elkes Research Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2017.
  • Clarivate Analytics- Most highly cited researchers (top 1% ), Clarivate, 2021.
  • Dreem Coup de Coeur Award, Sleep Research Society, 2022.
  • Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2016.
  • Joanne and George Miller Family Endowed Term Chair, UCLA, 2015-2018.