Rodrigo Machado-Vieira, MD, PhD, MSc, is a professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and director of the Experimental Therapeutics and Molecular Pathophysiology Program at UTHealth Harris County Psychiatric Center (HCPC). He was previously at the National Institue of Mental Health (NIMH) from 2012-2016, as the director of the Translational Research Clinic in Mood Disorders at the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch.

Machado-Vieira received his MD from PUC-RS in Porto Alegre, Brazil and his PhD in Psychiatry at the University of Sao Paulo, following his residency training in Psychiatry at the Federal University of Health Sciences. After a postdoctoral fellowship at the Laboratory of Molecular Pathophysiology and Experimental Therapeutics at NIMH, he was the chief of the Mood Disorders Program, LIM-27 and professor of Psychiatry at the Institute of Psychiatry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil.

He has received several grants and awards for his research on mood disorders including the National Institutes of Health Fellows Award for Research Excellence, the Brazilian Psychiatric Association Award, the Gerald Klerman Young Investigator Award, Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), Sao Paulo Young Investigator Research Award, and the Stanley Medical Research Institute Research Award. Has more than 200 articles published and more than 6,400 citation of his articles.


Medical Degree
PUC-RS, Brazil
Psychiatry, Federal University of Health Sciences of Porto Alegre, Brazil
Neuroscience, National Institute of Mental Health
Doctoral Degree
Psychiatry, University of Sao Paulo, Brazil

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression

Research Interests

  • Mood Disorders
  • Neuroimaging
  • Psychopharmacology