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  • James Armontrout

    James Armontrout

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    BioDr. Armontrout is the Program Director of the Stanford Forensic Psychiatry Fellowship. He completed residency training at the Harvard Longwood Psychiatry Residency Training Program, followed by forensic psychiatry fellowship at the University of California, San Francisco. He is board certified in Psychiatry, Forensic Psychiatry, and Addiction Medicine.

    Before coming to Stanford Dr. Armontrout worked as a staff psychiatrist for the Palo Alto VA Healthcare System at the Trauma Recovery Program, a residential treatment program focusing on PTSD, other trauma-related disorders, and substance use disorders. For a portion of Dr. Armontrout's time with the VA he served as the Medical Director for the Trauma Recovery Program.

    In addition to his forensic fellowship activities, Dr. Armontrout currently serves as an attending in the Stanford PTSD clinic and the dual diagnosis clinic.

  • Bruce Arnow, Ph.D.

    Bruce Arnow, Ph.D.

    Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences (General Psychiatry and Psychology - Adult)

    Current Research and Scholarly InterestsCurrent research interests include treatment outcome for major depression, particularly treatment refractory and chronic forms of major depression, as well as mediators and moderators of outcome; the epidemiology of chronic pain and depression; relationships between child maltreatment and adult sequelae, including psychiatric, medical and health care utilization.

  • Ryan T. Ash

    Ryan T. Ash

    Clinical Scholar, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
    Postdoctoral Medical Fellow, Psychiatry

    BioI am a T32 research fellow and research track resident in the Stanford Adult Psychiatry Residency program. During my MD-PhD (Baylor College of Medicine) and postdoc (Harvard Medical School) I studied learning-associated synaptic plasticity and sensory processing in a model of syndromic autism with in vivo 2-photon imaging. I am currently developing methods to study the regulation of synaptic plasticity by attention, affective state and mindful presence, using neuronavigated transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial ultrasound stimulation, and EEG steady-state visual-evoked potentials. I won the 2022 Brain Behavior Research Foundation Young Investigator Award to develop in-human applications of ultrasound stimulation in the fear regulation circuit. I am also co-leading the Wellcome LEAP multisite rTMS clinical trial for anhedonic depression in the Stanford Brain Stimulation Lab. I work closely with mentors Anthony Norcia, Kim Butts Pauly, and Nolan Williams on these projects. My clinical interests include integrated psychodynamic- and mindfulness-based approaches, psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy, and neuromodulation-assisted psychotherapy. I am an experienced mindfulness meditation practitioner with more than a year of silent retreat experience.