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Matthew State, MD, PhD

Matthew State, MD, PhD

Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Psychiatry
University of California, San Francisco
Director, Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute and Hospital
University of California, San Francisco

Matthew State, MD, PhD, received his undergraduate and medical degrees from Stanford University, completed his residency in psychiatry and fellowship in child psychiatry at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and then earned a PhD in Genetics at Yale. He joined the Yale faculty in 2001, where he was the Donald J. Cohen Professor of Child Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Genetics. In 2013 he moved to UCSF and is now the Oberndorf Family Distinguished Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry, and the Director of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute.

Dr. State’s lab studies the genetics of childhood neuropsychiatric disorders, with a particular interest in the contribution of rare mutations to autism and Tourette syndrome. Their work has been cited twice both by Science magazine, as well as the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee of the NIH as a top-ten scientific breakthrough of the year. Dr. State leads several international collaborations aimed at gene discovery and has been the recipient of numerous awards including, recently, the Ruane Prize for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and induction into the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies.


  • Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, Ruane Prize for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 2013
  • Yale University, Kingsley Fellowship in Medical Research, 2007
  • Yale University, Donald J Cohen Professorship in Child Psychiatry, 2007
  • Tourette Syndrome Association, Early Career Investigator Award, 2005


  • UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Fellowship in Child Psychiatry, 1997
  • UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Residency in Psychiatry, 1995
  • Stanford University, MD in Medicine, 1991
  • Stanford University, BA in Political Science, 1984