Sophia Vinogradov

Department Head and Professor


I am the Department Head of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the University of Minnesota Medical School and the Donald W. Hastings Endowed Chair in Psychiatry. I was previously the Vice-Chair of the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco, and the Associate Chief of Staff for Mental Health at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. I received my M.D. from Wayne State University School of Medicine, obtained my psychiatry residency training at Stanford University School of Medicine, where I served as Chief Resident, and completed a Psychiatric Neurosciences Research Fellowship at the Palo Alto VA Medical Center and Stanford University. I direct a translational clinical neuroscience laboratory that focuses on cognitive dysfunction in psychotic disorders. I study the neuroplastic effects of cognitive training on the brain with the goal of understanding how to change brain system functioning and promote recovery. Our work focuses on young adults in the early phases of psychosis, with the goal of providing intensive early interventions to ensure optimal outcomes. We have strong research collaborations with colleagues in the basic neurosciences and I co-facilitate a multi-disciplinary workgroup called Neuroplasticity Research in Support of Mental Health (NeuroPRSMH). My work has contributed to a growing interest in the use of computerized "brain training" to treat brain information processing abnormalities. I was a participant at the past White House conference on "Video Games to Enhance Attention and Well-Being." Professional and public service has also been a key focus of my career. I am a member of the Senior Women's Leadership Group at the Society of Biological Psychiatry and Deputy Editor of Schizophrenia Research Journal. Within my department, I lead the Clinical Neuroscience curriculum for the residency program.

In the Media


BS, Faculte de Medecine, Universite Louis Pasteur
Major: Pre-Medical
MD, Wayne State University School of Medicine
Major: Medicine
BS, Yale University
Major: Pre-Medical

Fellowships, Residencies, and Visiting Engagements

Fellow, Fellowship
Palo Alto VA Medical Center and Stanford University
Palo Alto and Stanford, California
Resident, Residency
Stanford University
Stanford, California
Chief Resident, Residency
Palo Alto VA Medical Center and Stanford University
Palo Alto and Stanford, California
Internship, Internship
Stanford University
Stanford, California

Licensures and Certifications

DEA License,
California Medical Licensure,
Diplomate, American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology,
MN Board of Medical Practice,

Honors and Recognition

Laughlin Fellow Award, American College of Psychiatrists
NAMI National Scientific Research Award
Alexander Gralnick Award for Research in Schizophrenia, American Psychiatric Foundation
American Psychiatric Association Distinguished Fellow
APA/AACDP Research Mentorship Award
NAMI Exemplary Psychiatrist Award
Dean’s Distinguished Research Lecture and Award, University of Minnesota
V. Sagar Sethi, M.D. Mental Health Research Award

Professional Memberships

Psychiatric Research Society
American Associate of Chairs of Departments of Psychiatry
Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS), Treasurer
Women's Leadership Group
Scientific Program Committee
Society of Biological Psychiatry
American College of Neuropsychopharmacology , Fellow



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