Suma Jacob
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Credentials
MD, PhD

Professor
Biography

Bio

I graduated from the University of Chicago with honors in psychology before completing an MD/PhD program in Neurobiology. I went to UCLA for general psychiatry training and completed an extended clinical-research child fellowship at UIC. I am board certified in general adult as well as child & adolescent psychiatry.My research interests include: social neuroscience; neuroendocrinology, and genetics. My current research focuses on biomarkers, neurochemical/genetic risk and treatments related to hormonal systems like oxytocin. My research lab conducts studies that examine effects of novel interventions on social functioning and repetitive behaviors for both children and adults. I have published over 70 peer-reviewed articles, have 3536 citations, and an h-index of 27. I have also given 10 grand rounds presentations nationwide, and presented nationally and internationally at more than 150 conferences.My clinical specialties include: developmental disorders that affect rigid, inflexible behaviors and social functioning including autism; obsessive compulsive disorder; social anxiety and selective mutism. Treatment modalities include group, family and individual cognitive behavioral therapy along with medication management.Within the University, I am the Director of Autism Research and a member of the University of Minnesota Autism Initiative (UMAI) steering committee that hosts the annual UMAI Autism day event which explores research, and treatment of individuals with autism and related developmental disabilities.

Research Summary

Research interests include social neuroscience, neuroendrocinology and genetics. Current research focuses on biomarkers, neurochemical/genetic risk and treatments related to hormonal systems like oxytocin.

Clinical Summary

Dr. Jacob's clinical specialties include developmental disorders that affect rigid, inflexible behaviors and social functioning including autism, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety and selective mutism. Treatment modalities include group, family and individual cognitive behavioral therapy along with medication management.