Bipolar Research

About Our Director

Trisha SuppesResearch
Dr. Suppes is Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine and the Director of the Bipolar Disorders Research 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 and her collaborators have been actively exploring new treatments for bipolar disorder. Dr. Suppes work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, NARSAD, Stanley Medical Research Institute, and numerous other foundation and industry sponsors. She is currently the principal investigator on two NIMH sponsored R01s investigating medical treatments for bipolar I and bipolar
II disorder.

She currently serves as an associate editor on the American Journal of Psychiatry Editorial Board and is a past member of the Board of Councilors for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders. Dr. Suppes is a member of the American Psychiatric Association (APA) Work Group for the Practice Guidelines for Bipolar Disorder and a member of the Mood Disorders Workgroup for the APA Diagnostic and Statistical Manual for Mental Disorders V (DSM-V) revision. She also serves as a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance. She has authored or co-authored over 170 peer-reviewed articles.

Clinical Activities
Dr. Suppes consults with providers, families, and patients on treatment strategies for those with complex or refractory bipolar disorders. She is the lead author of two texts in the field – Decoding Bipolar Disorder, Practical Treatment and Management and Bipolar Disorder, The Latest Assessment and Treatment Strategies.

Dr. Suppes lectures nationally and internationally on bipolar disorder. Over the course of her career, she has mentored numerous interns, residents, fellows, and graduate students in multiple fields. She has taught psychopharmacology and other topics in psychiatry residency programs.

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