Psychiatry and
Behavioral Sciences

Vice Chairman

Allan L. Reiss, M.D.Reiss
Howard C. Robbins Professor

Director - Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Science Research (CIBSR)
401 Quarry Rd
Stanford, CA 94305

MC 5795

Tel Work (650) 498-4538
Fax (650) 724-4761

Academic Profile



Dr. Reiss is the Howard C. Robbins Professor, Vice Chair and Director of the Center for Interdisciplinary Brain Sciences Research (CIBSR) in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University School of Medicine. He is also Professor of Radiology and Pediatrics. Dr. Reiss graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Swarthmore College and Alpha Omega Alpha from George Washington University School of Medicine. He subsequently obtained postgraduate clinical and research training in general and child psychiatry, genetics and neuroscience. He was Professor of Psychiatry, Neurology and Pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and Director/Vice President of the Division of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences at the Hopkins-associated Kennedy Krieger Institute before coming to Stanford in 1997. 

Dr. Reiss combines advanced research methods such as neuroimaging, genetic analyses and neurobehavioral assessment to focus on human neurodevelopmental and neurogenetic disorders (and associated animal models). In particular, he studies how genetic and environmental factors affect brain structure and function, and how this ultimately impacts the development and function of persons with these disorders. For example, Dr. Reiss has worked extensively with individuals affected by disorders that increase risk for serious cognitive and behavioral problems such as fragile X syndrome, Williams syndrome, Turner syndrome, velocardiofacial (22qdel) syndrome, autism and preterm birth. A particularly important focus of this work is identifying gene-environment-brain-behavior interactions that have relevance to the development of more specific and effective interventions. Another focus is on the neuroscience of resilience in typically developing persons including studies of the brain basis of humor, territorial behavior and stress responsivity. Dr. Reiss is an author on over 350 peer-reviewed publications, most involving interdisciplinary research approaches designed to address pivotal issues in cognitive and clinical neuroscience.

Dr. Reiss’ laboratory serves as a model for interdisciplinary brain sciences research. Ongoing investigations include collaborations with distinguished scientists from multiple disciplines and departments within and outside of the Stanford community including interactions with faculty and trainees from neurology, radiology, pediatrics, biostatistics, psychology, education, orthopedics, anesthesia, genetics, computer science and neuroscience. The CIBSR is dedicated to the concept that direct interaction among individuals from multiple disciplines will serve as the engine for substantive progress in our field. Dr. Reiss has also successfully mentored numerous undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and junior faculty during his years at Stanford, during which time he has served as PI of an institutional NIH-funded (T32) training program. He was extensively involved in training and mentorship during his 11 years on the faculty of Johns Hopkins as well. Many former trainees of Dr. Reiss have attained prominent faculty positions and become productive and successful in their chosen areas of research.

Dr. Reiss has received numerous grants from the NIMH, NICHD, NINDS and private foundations. He has also participated on numerous NIH grant review committees including service as Chair of an Initial Review Group. Notable awards and honors received include the NARSAD Joy and William Ruane Prize for Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Research, the AACAP George Tarjan Award for Contributions in Developmental Disabilities, the National Fragile X Foundation Spirit of Excellence Award for Lifetime Achievements and election to the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies of Science.

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