Sudhakar Selvaraj, MD, PhD, is assistant professor and the director of the Depression Research Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. He also serves as the Director of the UTHealth Student Counseling Center, which provides mental health services to students at UTHealth. He qualified in medicine in India and completed clinical psychiatry residency training at the University Oxford and Maudsley Hospital and Institute of Psychiatry in London. He studied the role of serotonin transporters in major depressive disorders for his PhD under the supervision of Professor P.J. Cowen at the University of Oxford, UK.

He has broad experience in clinical psychiatry with specific interest in treating and managing patients with mood disorders such as major depression, bipolar disorder, and anxiety disorders. His research has primarily focused on understanding the neurobiological mechanisms underlying the mood and psychotic disorders. He has specific training and expertise in psychopharmacology and brain imaging techniques, both structural and functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Spectroscopy and Positron Emission Tomography (PET) imaging and its applications in neuropsychiatric disorders.

His research has been published in a number of highly cited journals, including American Journal of Psychiatry, Molecular Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, etc. He has been a recipient of a number of awards and honors including the 2016 Dean’s Teaching Excellence Award, American society of psychopharmacology (ASCP) Fellowship Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology travel award (ACNP), European College of Neuropsychopharmacology (ECNP) Young Scientist Fellowship Award and ECNP Best Research poster award, Dennis Hill Prize, and King’s College London. Selvaraj is also active in international psychiatric organizations such as the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology (ASCP), Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP) and the Texas Medical Association, .


Medical Degree
The Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University, India
Master's Degree
Member of Royal College of Psychiatrists, UK
Doctorate Degree
University of Oxford, UK
General Psychiatry, Oxford Deanery, UK
Research Fellowship
University of Oxford, UK
Clinical Lecturer
Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK

Areas of Interests

Clinical Interests

  • Adult General Psychiatry
  • Anxiety/OCD
  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Depression
  • PTSD
  • Schizophrenia
  • Second Opinion

Research Interests

  • Community Mental Health
  • Mood Disorders
  • Neuroimaging
  • Neuroplasticity
  • Psychopharmacology
  • Schizophrenia
  • Relapse Prevention