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  • Ian H. Kratter, MD, PhD

    Ian H. Kratter, MD, PhD

    Clinical Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

    BioDr. Kratter is an adult psychiatrist and fellowship-trained neuropsychiatrist and clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also director of Invasive Technologies in the Stanford Brain Stimulation Laboratory.

    His clinical interests include the psychiatric and cognitive aspects of movement disorders like Parkinson's and Tourette's as well as depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, and non-invasive and invasive neuromodulation for neuropsychiatric illness.

    His research interests focus on improving outcomes and understanding the mechanisms of neuromodulatory treatments. This includes both clinical and more mechanistic studies using techniques like repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and deep brain stimulation in combination with neuroimaging and electrophysiology. He is a co-investigator for such studies focusing on obsessive-compulsive disorder, major depressive disorder, and acute suidical ideation.

    Dr. Kratter has published articles on topics such as deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease and gene-targeting therapy for Huntington disease. His work has appeared in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, Proceedings of the National Academy of Science, and American Journal of Human Genetics. He also co-authored the chapter on major depression in the textbook Deep Brain Stimulation: Techniques and Practice.

    Dr. Kratter has presented his work at the annual meetings of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, Hereditary Disease Foundation, and Society for Neuroscience. Topics include cognitive changes following deep brain stimulation for Parkinson’s disease, antipsychotic-induced thrombocytopenia, and mediators of pathology in Huntington’s disease.

    For his scholarship and research achievements, Dr. Kratter has won multiple honors. They include the Miller Foundation Award for Psychiatric Research. He also won the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

    He is or has been a member of the American Neuropsychiatric Association, American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology, American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry, Academy of Psychosomatic Medicine, and Society for Neuroscience.