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Alan R. Sanders, , MD

Director, Behavior Genetics Unit
Center for Psychiatric Genetics
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Contact Information

 224.364.7570 Fax


  • Undergraduate: BS, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX
  • Medical School: MD, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
  • Residency and Chief Residency: Adult Psychiatry, UCLA - Neuropsychiatric Institute, and West Los Angeles - Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Los Angeles, CA
  • Fellowship: Psychiatry Research Fellowship as Senior Staff Fellow, Clinical Neurogenetics Branch, National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, MD

Research and Academic Interests

Genetics factors in major psychiatric disorders and behavioral traits; Mapping: genetic linkage and association approaches;  Bioinformatics.

Honors and Awards

Summa cum laude, Texas A&M University (1986)

  • Howard Hughes Medical Institute Medical Student Research Training Fellow, Baylor College of Medicine (1989-1990)
  • Alpha Omega Alpha, Graduated with honors, Baylor College of Medicine (1991)
  • 8th Annual Bingham Award for scholarship in schizophrenia, Schizophrenia Foundation of Kentucky and Kentucky Mental Health Association (1992)
  • Burroughs Wellcome Fellow, American Psychiatric Association (1993-1995)
  • Outstanding Teaching Resident Award, University of California at Los Angeles - Neuropsychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences (1995)
  • Recipient of the 13th Annual Nancy C.A. Roeske, MD, Certificate of Recognition for Excellence in Medical Student Education, American Psychiatric Association (2003)
  • Junior Faculty Development Award, Association for Academic Psychiatry (2003-2005)
  • NorthShore University HealthSystem Research Institute Career Development Award (2003-2006)

Professional Memberships/Affiliations/Activities

  • Association for Academic Psychiatry
  • Examiner, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
  • American Psychiatric Association
  • Illinois Psychiatric Society
  • Behavior Genetics Associatio

Scholarly Work

View Publications by Dr. Sanders listed in the National Library of Medicine.


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