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Trisha Suppes, MD, PhD

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

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Contact Information

  • Clinical Offices
    VA Palo Alto Health Care System 3801 Miranda Ave 151T Palo Alto, CA 94304
    Tel Work (650) 493-5000
  • Academic Offices
    Personal Information
    Alternate Contact
    Iola Gwizdowski Research Health Science Specialist Tel Work 650. 493.5000 x67571
    Not for medical emergencies or patient use

Professional Overview

Clinical Focus

  • Psychiatry
  • Psychiatric Treatment of Bipolar Disorder and Major Depression
  • Research of Psychiatric Mechanisms and Mood Disorders

Administrative Appointments

  • Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Bipolar Disorders (2009 - present)
  • Associate Editor, American Journal of Psychiatry (2009 - present)
  • Director, Center for Clinical Research, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA (2013 - present)
  • Director, Cooperative Studies Program (CSP) Network of Dedicated Enrollment Sites (NODES), VA Palo Alto (2012 - present)
  • Director, Bipolar and Depression Research Program, VA Palo Alto Health Care System, Palo Alto, CA (2008 - present)
  • Chair for Veterans Affairs, Department of Defense and VA Bipolar Disorder Treatment Guidelines (2008 - present)
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Honors and Awards

  • Elected to Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ACNP) (2009)
  • Elected as a member, American College of Psychiatrists (2013)
  • Elected by peers for inclusion, Best Doctors in America┬« (1996-2010)
  • Councilor, Board of Councilors, International Society for Bipolar Disorders (ISBD) (2009-2011)
  • Gerald L. Klerman Senior Investigator Award, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (2008)

Professional Education

Fellowship: Mclean Hospital MA (06/01/1992)
Residency: Mclean Hospital MA (06/01/1991)
Medical Education: Dartmouth Medical School NH (06/01/1987)
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Neuroscience (1992)
Fellowship: Harvard Medical School, Psychiatry (1992)
M.D.: Dartmouth, Medicine (1987)
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Scientific Focus

Current Research and Scholarly Interests

Dr. Suppes is the Director of the Bipolar Disorders and DepressionResearch Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She is a recognized expert on the biology and treatment of bipolar disorder. Her areas of specific expertise include long-term treatment strategies for bipolar disorder, identification and treatment of bipolar II disorder, treatment of those with bipolar disorders and co-morbid conditions, and use of complementary medicine for bipolar disorder. Dr. Suppes has been integrally involved in numerous initiatives to improve evidence based treatment for bipolar disorders, including the Texas Medication Algorithm Project and the American Psychiatric Association guidelines for bipolar disorder. These have been widely disseminated and adopted both nationally and internationally. Dr. Suppes has recently completed work on updating the APA DMS-5 criteria.


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