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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

Fellow, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacolgy, 2021

Fellow, American College of Psychiatrists, 2020

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


External positions

Vice President of Governance, International Society for Bipolar Disorders


Program Committee Co-Chairperson, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology


Executive Council Member, American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry


Associate Board Member, National Network of Depression Centers

2016 → …


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