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

    American Association of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry, President, 2022-2023

    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

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
    • SDG 5 - Gender Equality
    • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

    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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