Pediatric Bipolar
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Kiki D. Chang, MD | Faculty Profile
Director of the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program and Associate Professor

Kiki Chang, MD, is Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Stanford University School of Medicine, Division of Child Psychiatry. He is Director of the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Clinic and Research Program, where he specializes in pediatric psychopharmacology and treatment of depression and bipolar disorder in children and adolescents. His research includes brain imaging, genetics, psychotherapy, and medication trials.

Dr. Chang graduated cum laude from Princeton University in 1988 and received his M.D. from the Tufts University School of Medicine in 1993. He completed his general psychiatry residency at the University of Cincinnati and his child psychiatry fellowship at Stanford University. After a postdoctoral research fellowship, Dr. Chang joined the Stanford faculty in 1999.

Dr. Chang is the recipient of the 2003 American Psychiatric Association/ AstraZeneca Young Minds in Psychiatry Award. He has been the recipient of two NARSAD Young Investigator Awards and has received a 5-year Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health as well as an 5-year RO1 grant from the NIMH.

Dr. Chang is the author of numerous papers and book chapters regarding bipolar disorder and has presented widely at national and international scientific conferences and meetings.

 

Manpreet Singh, MD, MS | Faculty Profile
Child Psychiatrist and Assistant Professor

Dr. Singh completed her medical education at the College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University, and then went to Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center/University of Cincinnati, where she completed her combined residency training in Pediatrics, Psychiatry, and Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (Triple Board Program), and served as chief resident during her final year. Dr. Singh also began her research training during residency, where she developed an interest in understanding genetic and environmental risk factors for developing mood disorders in children and adolescents.

As part of Stanford's Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program, Dr. Singh is currently conducting research in the phenomenology, neurobiology, pharmacology, and genetic aspects of bipolar disorder in children. These studies include brain imaging (MRI, MRS, fMRI), medication, and psychotherapy trials.

Dr. Singh enjoys traveling, cooking, reading, and singing. She hopes to one day run a full marathon and go hiking in Machu Picchu, Peru.

 

Amy Garrett, PhD
Research Scientist and Neuroimaging Manager

Dr. Garrett completed her graduate education at Wake Forest University, and postdoctoral education at University of California, Davis, and came to Stanford University to perform neuroimaging research in mood and anxiety disorders. Dr. Garrett uses MRI to study brain anatomy and function in psychiatric disorders.

 

Meghan Howe, MSW
Clinical Research Manager

After graduating from the University of Illinois with her bachelors, Ms. Howe received her M.S.W. from the University of California at Berkeley. For the past nine years Ms. Howe has worked with the child and adolescent population in therapeutic, educational, advocacy, and research settings. Under the mentorship of Dr. Chang, Ms. Howe has focused on specializing in the development, diagnosis, and treatment of pediatric bipolar disorder.

As lab manager, Ms. Howe assists in all research components of the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program, which include the phenomenologic, biologic, pharmacologic, therapeutic, and genetic studies of familial bipolar disorder. Ms. Howe is the co-author of papers and book chapters regarding pediatric bipolar disorder.

 

Donna Roybal, MD
Postdoctoral Fellow and Psychiatry Resident Researcher

Dr. Roybal is a Post-Doctoral Fellow and fourth year psychiatry resident at Stanford.  She completed both her B.A. and M.D. from UCLA, where she graduated as a Dean’s Scholar for her work on structural MRI research.  Prior to medical school, she conducted research in unipolar depression and was a ski instructor for the developmentally and physically disabled.  Her current interests include studying white matter tract alterations and fMRI findings in pediatric bipolar disorder.  She is also interested in complementary and alternative medicine treatments for mood disorders in children.  She will complete her clinical training as a Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Fellow while at Stanford.

 

Victoria E. Cosgrove, PhD
Instructor (Affiliated)

Dr. Victoria E. Cosgrove is an Instructor (Affiliated) in Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences with the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Clinic and Research Program at the Stanford University School of Medicine and a Postdoctoral Fellow with the Bipolar Disorder Research Program at the VA Palo Alto Health Care System. She hails from the East Coast and graduated in 1994 with a BA in Psychology from Yale University. Before attending graduate school, she was a Research Assistant in Boston and New York City for NIMH-funded projects investigating psychopharmacological and psychosocial treatments for bipolar disorder and schizophrenia. She graduated in 2009 from the University of Colorado at Boulder with a PhD in Clinical Psychology and an Interdisciplinary Certificate from the Institute for Behavioral Genetics, completing her Predoctoral Internship at the VA Palo Alto. Dr. Cosgrove's dissertation research examined the roles of candidate genes in adolescent bipolar disorder. During her first year of fellowship, Dr. Cosgrove has pursued a line of research investigating roles for life and family stress as well as inflammatory and neurotrophic pathways in the etiology and development of bipolar disorder. She is ultimately interested in exploring the effects of evidence-based psychotherapy on neurobiological and genetic pathways in children and adults with bipolar disorder.

In her spare time, she enjoys running with her beloved spaniel, Trinidad, on rolling, mid-peninsula trails.

 

Ryan Kelley, BS
Neuroimaging Research Assistant

Mr. Kelley graduated from UC Santa Cruz with a degree in Neuroscience and Behavior. As an undergraduate, he was involved in an environmental toxicology research study investigating behavioral effects of manganese neurotoxicity. Additionally, Ryan tutored elementary school children with learning disabilities and worked as a undergraduate student intern at Stanford’s Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research developing behavioral stimuli programs. He enjoy the opportunities and lessons gained from mental health research.

 

Maisi Mayo, BA
Neuroimaging Research Assistant

Maisi attended undergrad at both, the University of Arizona and Argosy University School of Professional Psychology. Having majored in Psychology, she has spent the last four years as a research assistant within the Department of Psychology at UCLA and the Department of Neurosciences at UCSD. Specifics of research investigated include: Effects of early-life stress on brain development and using fMRI and neuropsychology to demonstrate how neural signals in the brain respond to faces. Additionally, she has been involved in many projects investigating brain structural differences in autistic infants compared to typically developing infants. Although her passion lies in studying brain structure and development and brain-behavior relationships, Maisi enjoys activities, such as surfing and scuba diving and once a month teaches adolescents how to cook a variety of Spanish dishes.

 

Spencer Boucher, BA
Neuroimaging Research Assistant

Spencer graduated from Rice University in 2011 with a double major in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences and a concentration in neuroscience. As an undergraduate, he worked as an intern at the Baylor College of Medicine’s Computational Psychiatry Unit, where he was introduced to neuroimaging and helped investigate neural responses to positive and negative auditory stimuli. He is grateful for the opportunity to work at Stanford with the most complex and interesting system in existence- the brain. In his spare time, he can be found reading, backpacking, slacklining, or hang gliding.

 

Paige Staudenmaier
Clinical Research Assistant

Paige majored in Human Biology with a concentration in Adolescent Development and Health Promotion at Stanford University.  While at Stanford, she has served as a Peer Health Educator, providing peer counseling and health education programming.  Additionally, Paige has counseled at The Bridge and currently hopes to do more work with suicide prevention.  She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to learn about pediatric mental health and work with such an incredible team.  While not in the lab or school, Paige is cycling anywhere and everywhere, watching movies, or spending time with family, friends, and her pup, Raleigh. 

 

Jennifer Pearlstein
Clinical Research Assistant

Jen recently moved to Palo Alto from St. Louis, Missouri. She attended undergrad at Truman State University in Kirksville. At Truman, Jen majored in Psychology and Cognitive Science with a minor in statistical methods. While at Truman, she worked in research labs studying cognitive behavioral therapy, the impact of social interaction on mood and the allocation of attention. She has spent the last two years working as a statistical consultant, assisting in experimental design, data management, analysis, and interpretation. Last summer, she traveled to the beautiful city of Cape Town, South Africa and worked in an Addiction Treatment Unit. She hopes to attend graduate school in clinical psychology so she can one day work with patients struggling with mood related pathology on treatment research. Outside of academic interests, Jen loves hanging out with friends and family. playing with animals, doing yoga, cooking yummy food, and spending time outdoors. 

 

Kathryn Goffin, BA
Clinical Research Assistant

 

Costner McKenzie
Student Research Assistant

Costner is a junior at Stanford and Human Biology major. Currently, his academic concentration is titled "The Social Determinants of Childhood Development". Since his sophomre year, he has thoroughly enjoyed being a research assistant with the Pediatric Bipolar Disorders Program. Costner also works as a resident assistant in a freshman dorm, participates in Stanford student government, and enjoys playing beach volleyball or swimming in his free time.

 

Awapuhi Lee
Student Research Assistant

 

Aunika Swenson
Student Research Assistant

 

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