Tara Niendam, Ph.D.

Dr. Niendam

Assistant Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
UC Davis Imaging Research Center
4701 X Street
Sacramento, CA 95817
Office phone:  (916) 734-3090
E-mail:  tniendam@ucdavis.edu


Dr Niendam is a clinical psychologist with extensive research and clinical training with adolescent populations who are at high risk for severe mental illness, specifically schizophrenia. She is interested in understanding how cognitive impairments associated with the onset of mental illness can negatively impact an adolescent’s ability to maintain friendships and succeed in school.

Dr. Niendam uses cognitive neuroscience methods, including functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), to understand the neurobiological bases for clinical symptoms and psychosocial functioning in at risk youth.


B.A., Northwestern University, 2000
M.A., UC Los Angeles, 2002
Ph.D., UC Los Angeles, 2006 

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