Ian Ramsay, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Ian Ramsay

Contact Info


Office Phone 612-625-1838

Fax 612-273-9774

Office Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Mailing Address:
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
F282/2A West-B
8393A (Campus Delivery Code)
2450 Riverside Ave
Minneapolis, MN 55454

Administrative Assistant Name
Teneshia Collins

Administrative Email

Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Minneapolis, Minnesota

PhD, Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota

MA, Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota

BA, Psychology, University of California, Davis

Clinical Internship: San Francisco VA Medical Center


I completed my undergraduate work at the University of California, Davis, where I also served as a post-baccalaureate research assistant in their Department of Psychiatry. I earned my Ph.D. at the University of Minnesota Department of Psychology where I was supported by both a NIMH T-32 Training Grant and a NIMH F31 National Research Service Award. I completed my pre-doctoral internship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center and UCSF before returning to the University of Minnesota Department of Psychiatry to complete a postdoctoral fellowship under the mentorship of Sophia Vinogradov.

The broad goals of my laboratory are to identify neural mechanisms underlying cognitive and psycho-social deficits observed in serious mental illnesses. My research strategy seeks to combine clinical and translational neuroscience methodologies (e.g., fMRI, EEG, non-invasive neuromodulation) to identify neural pathophysiology and develop novel targeted treatments. My current work is funded by a NIMH K01 and examines combined cognitive training and noninvasive neuromodulation (transcranial direct current stimulation) in individuals with psychosis. I have over 20 publications and an h-index of 10.

I am also part of our department’s effort to implement ‘Precision Psychiatry’ and ‘Measurement-based Care’ in our outpatient clinics. In doing so I have been involved in the development and roll out of our clinical assessment and feedback reports to guide team-based care. I also co-lead our Young Adult Group in the Strengths First Episode Psychosis Program.


  • Schizophrenia
  • Schizoaffective Disorder Therapeutic interventions for cognition in Schizophrenia.

Awards & Recognition

  • Schizophrenia International Research Society Travel Award, 2019
  • U of MN Best Dissertation Award, 2016
  • David Lykken Travel Award, 2015
  • Harrison Gough Travel Award, 2015
  • Norman Garmezy Publication Award, 2015
  • Alliance for Cognitive Disorders' Student Poster Competions, Cognitive Remediation in Psychiatry Annual Meeting, 2014
  • David Lykken Travel Award, 2014
  • David Campbell International Travel Award, 2013
  • Norman Garmezy Publication Award, 2013
  • Council of Graduate Studies Student Travel Award, 2012
  • David Lykken Travel Award, 2011, 2012

Professional Associations

  • Schizophrenia International Research Society, 2013-Present


Research Summary/Interests

My work seeks to understand behavioral, neuropsychological, and biological factors that predict cognitive and functional improvements in people with schizophrenia. Previous work has examined cognitive training and outcome measures relying on fMRI, EEG, and behavioral assessment.


Ian S. Ramsay, Tasha Nienow, Angus W. MacDonald III. (In Press). Increases in Intrinsic Thalamocortical Connectivity and Overall Cognition Following Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging

Ian S. Ramsay, Tasha Nienow, Matthew P. Marggraf, Angus W. MacDonald III. (In Press). Neuroplastic Changes in Schizophrenia Patients Undergoing Cognitive Remediation in a Triple-Blind Trial: A Replication Study. The British Journal of Psychiatry.

Ian S. Ramsay, Tasha Nienow, Angus W. MacDonald III. (2016). “Overview of Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia.” In Schizophrenia and Psychotic Spectrum Disorders, Ed. S. Charles Schulz, Michael F. Green, & Katharine S. Nelson, Oxford Press.

Ian S. Ramsay, Angus W. MacDonald III. (2015). Brain Correlates of Cognitive Remediation in Schizophrenia: Activation Likelihood Analysis Suggesting Preliminary Evidence of Neural Target Engagement Across Modalities. Schizophrenia Bulletin 41(6), 1276-1284.

Ian S. Ramsay, Marco Yzer, Monica Luciana, Kathleen Vohs, Angus W. MacDonald III. (2013). The involvement of socio-emotional and executive brain networks in the processing of persuasive anti-drug messages. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 25(7), 1136-1147.

Pedro M. Paz-Alonso, Simona Ghetti, Ian S. Ramsay, Marjorie Solomon, Jong Yoon, Cameron S. Carter, J. Daniel Ragland. (2013) Effect of implicit associative strength and explicit encoding instructions on true and false memory in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 147(2), 320-325.

John D. Ragland, Robert S. Blumenfeld, Ian S. Ramsay, Jong Yoon, Marjorie Solomon, Andrew Yonelinas, Cameron S. Carter, Charan Ranganath. (2012). Neural Correlates of Relational and Item-Specific Encoding During Working and Long-Term Memory in Schizophrenia. NeuroImage 59(7), 1719-1726.

Deborah E. Hannula, Charan Ranganath, Ian S. Ramsay, Marjorie Solomon, Jong Yoon, Michael S. Minzenberg, Stephan Ursu, Tara A. Niendam, Cameron S. Carter, J. Daniel Ragland. (2010). Use of Eye Movements to Dissociate Item-Specific and Relational Long-Term Memory in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 68(7), 610-616.


Clinical Interests

First-Episode Psychosis; Schizophrenia; Bipolar Disorder; Insomnia; Anxiety Disorders