Breno S. Diniz, M.D., Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. His clinical and research interests are in depression and Alzheimer’s disease in later-life. Specifically, Dr. Diniz’s research focuses on identifying whether those with depression in later-life are prone to Alzheimer’s. He also works on developing new diagnostic and prognostic markers for depression and cognitive impairment in older adults, and developing personalized interventions for mood and neurocognitive disorders based on a patient’s molecular signatures.

Dr. Diniz received his medical degree in 2003 and completed a fellowship in geriatric psychiatry in 2007. He concluded his Ph.D. in Psychiatry at the University of São Paulo in 2011 and completed a research post-doctoral fellowship at the Department of Psychiatry, University of Pittsburgh Medical School in 2012, under the mentorship of Dr. Meryl A. Butters and Dr. Charles Reynolds, III. He has been remarkably productive, publishing over 56 peer-reviewed manuscripts, 18 as first author or senior author. He has been successful in receiving grant funding from agencies in both Brazil and the U.S. including the National Council of Research, Minas Gerais State Agency for Research and John A. Hartford Foundation. Dr. Diniz is also a member of several professional organizations such as the International College for Geriatric Psychoneuropharmacology and the American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry.


Medical Degree
Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Geriatric Psychiatry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
Doctorate Degree
University of Sao Paulo, Brazil
University of Pittsburgh

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Depression
  • Geriatric Psychiatry

Research Interests

  • Psychopharmacology
  • Mood disorders