Ryan Herringa, MD, PhD is the Director of the Division of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry and the UW Health Professor in Child & Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health. He is a pediatric psychiatrist and neuroscientist whose work explores the neurobehavioral substrates of childhood traumatic stress and PTSD. He directs the BRAVE Research Center (Building Resilience to Adversity and Violent Experiences), which seeks to develop neuroscience-informed treatments for youth to enhance resilience and recovery. Specifically, the BRAVE Lab uses neuroimaging combined with behavioral, physiological, and genetic approaches to develop biomarkers of vulnerability, recovery, and resilience to childhood trauma. Dr. Herringa serves as the principal or co-investigator on several NIH funded research studies examining neural mechanisms of trauma and PTSD in both youth and adult populations. In addition to his research, Dr. Herringa remains active in clinical care and teaching, with specialization in the treatment of youth with trauma-related mental illness.
Dr. Herringa earned his MD and a PhD in neuroscience at the University of Wisconsin – Madison as part of the Medical Scientist Training Program. He completed general psychiatry residency and a child and adolescent psychiatry fellowship at the University of Pittsburgh, and is board certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and member of the Society of Biological Psychiatry and American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. His work has been funded by AACAP, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the NIH.