Center for Professional Health

Richard C. Shelton, MD
James G. Blakemore Professor of Psychiatry,
Professor of Pharmacology,
Vice-Chair of Research
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
Nashville, Tennessee
Richard C. Shelton, MD, is the James G. Blakemore Professor of Psychiatry and Professor of Pharmacology at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine in Nashville, Tennessee. Additionally, he has recently been named the Vice Chair of Clinical Research for the Department of Psychiatry. He received his MD from the University of Louisville School of Medicine in 1979. After completing his internship at the University of Louisville Affiliated Hospitals, Dr. Shelton performed his residency in Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center in Boston, where he was Chief Resident. His research training was at the Neuropsychiatry Branch of the NIMH in Washington, DC.
Dr. Shelton is a member of several professional organizations including the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Society of Biological Psychiatry, and the Collegium Internationale Neuropsychopharmacologicum. He has reviewed such journals as the American Journal of Psychiatry, The New England Journal of Medicine, and Neuropsychopharmacology. Dr. Shelton has also authored or coauthored more than 130 articles, book chapters, and other publications.
Dr. Shelton’s research interests focus on primary depressive disorders. These include active research studies on basic neurophysiology, genomic, and novel treatment outcome studies in major depressive disorder and bipolar depression. He currently is the principal investigator for two NIH-funded grants and is a co-investigator in five others. He has had more than 50 studies funded by the NIH and pharmaceutical contracts.

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