Robert M. Bilder, PhD: Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Professor of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and Professor of Psychology, College of Letters & Science at UCLA (since 2002); Director, Tennenbaum Family Center for the Biology of Creativity at the UCLA Semel Institute; Director, Mind Well program, UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative; and Editor in Chief, Diagnostics in Neuropsychiatry.
He received his BA Columbia College, Interdepartmental Major Biology-Psychology (1978); PhD in Psychology, City College, specialized in human neuropsychology (1984). Prior faculty appointments at Columbia University, Albert Einstein College of Medicine.
Dr. Bilder has long been dedicated to transdisciplinary research on brain-behavior relations along with the teaching and clinical practice of neuropsychology. After completing his doctoral work in New York, he studied schizophrenia and related disorders using neuropsychological, neuroimaging, and neurophysiological methods, and developed clinical training programs in neuropsychology. After moving to UCLA in 2002, he assumed leadership of the Division of Medical Psychology – Neuropsychology, which governs psychological services and training in the UCLA Health System. He directed the Consortium for Neuropsychiatric Phenomics, supported by the NIH Roadmap Initiative to investigate cognitive phenotypes across levels of analysis from genome to syndrome, and now leads a project under the aegis of the NIMH Research Domains Criteria (RDoC) initiative to examine working memory across diagnostic syndromes. Dr. Bilder additionally heads the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, studying creative cognition and exceptional abilities that may be keys to achievement in diverse artistic, scientific, and other creative domains. He also directs the UCLA Healthy Campus Initiative’s Mind Well program, which aims to help promote well-being and creative achievement throughout the UCLA campus community and beyond.