Isabelle Bauer, PhD, has focused her work on understanding how brain abnormalities, genetic polymorphisms, and mood disturbances give rise to the cognitive impairments observed in mood disorders. Using neuroimaging techniques, including fMRI and DTI, neuropsychological instruments, and physiological measurements (e.g. heart rate, skin conductance), she studies how emotions affect cognitive abilities and the role of attention and memory in therapeutic outcomes. Bauer is also involved in research on lifestyle interventions such as nutrition and exercise for individuals with bipolar disorder. Her publications have so far laid the groundwork for the proposed research by providing evidence of neural mechanisms underlying neurocognitive functioning, and by characterizing the link between cognitive function and affective disturbances in mood disorders.

Bauer first joined the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences in April 2013 as a postdoctoral research fellow. She is currently an assistant professor conducting research with the Center of Excellence on Mood Disorders. At McGovern Medical School, she leads Problem Based Learning for medical students and mentors trainees interested in research. In addition, Bauer is a licensed psychological associate in Texas. She received her master’s degree in clinical psychology and cognitive neuroscience from the University of Geneva, Switzerland in 2006 and her PhD in psychopharmacology from Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne, Australia in 2012.


Doctoral Degree
Psychopharmacology, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Postdoctoral Research Fellowship
Cognition and Neuroimaging, University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

Areas of Interest

Clinical Interests

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Clinical Trials
  • Nutritional Supplements
  • Neuropsychology
  • Psychological Assessment

Research Interests

  • Affective Processing
  • Brain Traumatic Injury
  • Impulsivity
  • Lifestyle Interventions
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuropsychology
  • Nutrition
  • Quality of Life

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