Erika F. H. Saunders, MD

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    Research interests

    Dr. Erika Saunders' research interests are twofold:

    • First, to identify biomarkers of bipolar disorders that mediate clinical phenotype, and to use those markers to predict and to follow treatment response. Using the tools of translational research, the Saunders lab is currently studying the relationship between mood variability, sleep phenotypes, inflammation, stress hormones and metabolites of polyunsaturated fatty acid pathways.
    • Second, to improve diagnosis and outcome in real-world clinical settings using tools such as systematic assessment and measurement-based care. 

    Clinical interests

    Dr. Erika Saunders' clinical expertise is in diagnosing and treating mood disorders, including bipolar disorder and major depressive disorder.

    Professional information

    Board certification in Psychiatry, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2008

    Licensed psychiatrist, Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, 2008

    Education/Academic qualification

    Public Health Sciences, Graduate Certificate, The Pennsylvania State University

    … → 2014

    Heinz C. Prechter Pediatric Bipolar Fellowship, University of Michigan


    Psychiatry, Residency, University of Michigan


    MD, University of Iowa


    BS, University of Michigan


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    Research Output 2000 2020

    Major Depressive Disorder
    Young Adult
    Nitric Oxide

    Effect of creative writing on mood in patients with cancer

    Zhu, J., Hussain, M., Joshi, A., Truica, C. I., Nesterova, D., Collins, J., Saunders, E. F. H., Hayes, M., Drabick, J. J. & Joshi, M., Jan 1 2019, In : BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Standard of Care

    Inflammation and the dimensions of depression: A review

    Majd, M., Saunders, E. F. H. & Engeland, C. G., Jan 1 2019, (Accepted/In press) In : Frontiers in Neuroendocrinology. 100800.

    Research output: Contribution to journalReview article

    Neurobehavioral Manifestations
    Depressive Disorder

    Mood, Dimensional Personality, and Suicidality in a Longitudinal Sample of Patients with Bipolar Disorder and Controls

    Kamali, M., Saunders, E. F. H., Assari, S., Ryan, K. A., Marshall, D. F. & McInnis, M. G., Oct 1 2019, In : Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior. 49, 5, p. 1360-1378 19 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Bipolar Disorder
    Wounds and Injuries