Saydra Wilson

Assistant Professor


I received my BA from Cornell College, Iowa, and received my medical degree from Saint Louis University School of Medicine, Saint Louis, Missouri. I completed my residency in psychiatry at the University of California San Francisco – Fresno, California. I further completed my neuromodulation medicine fellowship here at the University of Minnesota, where I was its inaugural fellow. I am an adult psychiatrist with a focus on TMS. My unique interest in TMS is understanding TMS's mechanism in order to design optimal protocols and understand biomarkers for TMS clinical response to help make the best care decisions for patients.

Neuromodulation has been of interest to me since my work at a perinatal mental health clinic in California where I took care of women who were pregnant or had recently given birth who were always interested in the latest non-medication treatments. This really inspired me to become skilled to work with PTS who don't fully respond to medications. I provide and monitor neuromodulation techniques such as ECT, TMS, and VNS. Within the department, I am a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Committee.


  • ECT
  • TMS
  • VNS

Administrative Assistant

(for academic support only)
Shelly Slominski

In the Media


Perinatal Mental Health, Fresno County Department of Behavioral Health
Adolescent Medicine, UCSF - Fresno, Department of Pediatrics
MD, St. Louis University School of Medicine
Electroconvulsive Therapy, UCSF - Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute, Department of Psychiatry
BA, Cornell University
Major: Mathematics

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Neuromodulation Fellowship,
University of Minnesota, Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
General Adult Psychiatry,
UCSF - Fresno, Department of Psychiatry

Licensures and Certifications

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology
California Medical Board
Minnesota Board of Medical Practice

Honors and Recognition

Minneapolis Top Doctors: Rising Stars - 2024, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Minneapolis Top Doctors: Rising Stars - 2023, Mpls.St.Paul Magazine
Cirtec Medical Poster Award Winner, 8th Minnesota Neuromodulation Symposium
2021 Biological Psychiatry Domestic Travel Fellowship Award Recipient, Society of Biological Psychiatry
Pillar of Public Health, Fresno County Department of Health
John Gladney Diversity Champion, Saint Louis University School of Medicine

Professional Memberships

American Psychiatric Association
Society of Biological Psychiatry
Clinical TMS Society
International Society of Electroconvulsive Therapy and Neuromodulation
Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Wilson, S., Croakin, P., Aronson, S., Carpenter, L., Cochran, M., Stultz, D., Kozel, F., 2022. Systematic review of preservation TMS that includes continuation, maintenance, relapse- prevention, and rescue TMS. Journal of Affective Disorders, 296 79-88.
doi: PubMed ID: 34592659.
Vagvala, S. P., Thebeau, L. G., Wilson, S. R., Morrison, L. A., 2009. Virus-encoded b7-2 costimulation molecules enhance the protective capacity of a replication-defective herpes simplex virus type 2 vaccine in immunocompetent mice. Journal of Virology, 83 (2): 953-960.
doi: PubMed ID: 18987142.



Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, F282/2A West Building, 2450 Riverside Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454