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Etkin Lab

From Neural Circuits to Novel Solutions

The Etkin Lab strives to understand the neural basis of emotional disorders and their treatment, and to leverage this knowledge to develop novel treatment interventions. In order to do so, we use advanced technologies to investigate neural pathways in both healthy participants and patients suffering from anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Through our studies we hope to better understand what creates a successful treatment for each individual in order to understand psychiatric treatments on a more personal level. If you wish to help us in these goals or are seeking psychiatric treatment please consider participating in one of our many clinical trials.

Welcome veterans! The Etkin Lab partners with the Palo Alto VA to better understand and treat emotional disorders in veterans. Find out more about how we can serve you.


Thinking outside of the box: A conversation about mental health with Stanford psychiatrist Amit Etkin

According to National Institute of Mental Health director Thomas Insel, MD, nearly one in five Americans meets the criteria for a diagnosis of psychiatric illness in any given year. It also costs the country $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year. Stanford psychiatrist Amit Etkin, MD, PhD, is seeking to change the current state of treatment for mental health. In this podcast, he discusses the prevalence of mental illness in the United States and how he hopes the work he and his colleagues are doing will lead to improved treatments for depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder. Etkin is an assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and co-leader of the NeuroCircuit initiative at Stanford University.


From Neural Circuits to Novel Solutions for Mental Illness

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