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Cameron S. Carter, M.D. View profile as PDF

Clinical Interests

Cameron S. Carter's clinical interest is the early diagnosis and treatment of schizophrenia and other cognitive mental disorders. His research focuses on the pathophysiology of disturbances in cognition in mental disorders such as schizophrenia and OCD, with the goal of developing more effective therapies to improve patients' chances of rehabilitation. Carter also is involved in development of new treatments for cognitive disability in schizophrenia and other brain disorders. A key element of the philosophy of his lab is that good clinical research can proceed only if it is being constantly informed by ongoing theoretical and methodological progress in basic cognitive neuroscience, and that the experiments of nature provided by clinical brain disorders may lead to powerful additional insights into the neural basis of normal cognition.


Director, UC Davis Imaging Research Center



Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences



Center/Program Affiliation:

Imaging Research Center


Psychiatry Department
2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Phone: 916-734-3574

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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)


M.D., University of Western Australia, Perth, Crawley, 1979
B.S., University of Western Australia, Crawley, 1975


Flinders Medical Center, Adelaide, 1981-82


Flinders Medical Center, Adelaide, 1982
University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1985-89
Veterans Administrative Medical Center, Martinez, California, 1985-89


University of California Davis Medical Center, Sacramento, California, 1988-89

Board Certifications:

American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 1992

Professional Memberships:

American Psychiatric Association
Organization for Human Brain Mapping
Society for Biological Psychiatry
Society for Cognitive Neuroscience
Society for Neuroscience

Select Honors and Awards:

NARSAD Klerman Award for Outstanding Clinical Research Achievement, 2001

NIMH Independent Scientist Career Award (K02), 2001

Burroughs Wellcome Fund Clinical Scientist Award in Translational Research, 2001

Honorable Mention, Klerman Award for Outstanding Clinical Research by a NARSAD Young Investigator, 1998

NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 1997

NARSAD Young Investigator Award, 1994

NIHM NCDEU Young Investigator Travel Award, 1993

Northern California Psychiatric Association Resident Recognition Award for Clinical Excellence in Psychiatry, 1989

Friendly Societies Prize for Medicine, 1973

Convocation Prize for Medicine, 1973

Select Recent Publications:

Anderson JR, Qin Y, Stenger VA, Carter CS. (2004). The relationship of three cortical regions to an information-processing model. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience, 16(4), 637-653.

Qin Y, Carter CS, Silk EM, Stenger VA, Fissell K, Goode A, Anderson JR. (2004). The change of the brain activation patterns as children learn algebra equation solving. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, U.S.A., 101(15), 5686-5691.

Aizenstein H, Stenger V, Cochran J, Clark KA, Johnson M, Nebes R, Carter CS. (2004). Regional brain activation during concurrent implicit and explicit sequence learning. Cerebral Cortex, 14(2), 199-208.

Kerns JG, Cohen JD, MacDonald AW, III, Cho R., Stenger VA, Carter CS. (2004). Anterior cingulate conflict monitoring and adjustments in control. Science, 303, 1023-1026.

May JC, Delgado MR, Dahl RE, Stenger VA, Ryan ND, Fiez JA, Carter CS. (2004). Event-related functional magnetic resonance imaging of reward-related brain circuitry in children and adolescents. Biological Psychiatry, 55(4), 359-366.

Perlstein WM, Dixit, NK, Carter CS, Noll DC, Cohen JD. (2003) Prefrontal cortex dysfunction mediates deficits in working memory and prepotent responding in schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry 53:25-38.

Macdonald A, Pogue-Guille M, Johnson MK, Carter CS. (2003) A specific context processing deficit in the unaffected relatives of schizophrenia patients Archives of General Psychiatry, 60:57-65.

MacDonald AW, Carter CS. (2003). Event-related fMRI study of context processing in dorsolateral prefrontal cortex of patients with schizophrenia. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 112(4), 689-697.

Anderson JR, Qin Y, Sohn MH, Stenger AV, Carter CS. (2003). An information-processing model of the BOLD response in symbol manipulation tasks. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review, 10(2); 241-261.

Qin Y, Sohn M-H, Anderson J, Stenger VA, Goode A, Carter CS. (2003) Predicting the practice effects on the blood oxygenation level-dependent (BOLD) function of fMRI in a symbolic manipulation task Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A., 100:8, 4951-4956.

Rogers R, Tumbridge E, Bagwagar Z, Drevets W, Sahakian B, Carter CS. (2003) Tryptophan depletion alters the decision making of healthy volunteers through altered processing of reward cues. Neuropsychopharmacology, 28, 153-162.

Siegle G, Steinhauer S, Stenger VA, Konecky RO, Carter CS. (2003) Use of concurrent pupil dilatation to inform interpretation and analysis of fMRI data. NeuroImage, 20, 114-124

Siegle GJ, Steinhauer SR, Carter CS, Ramel W, Thase ME. (2003). Do the seconds turn into hours? Relationships between sustained dilation in response to emotional information and self-reported rumination. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 27:3, 365-382.

Sohn M-H, Goode A, Stenger, VA, Carter CS, Anderson JR. (2003). Competition and representation during memory retrieval: Roles of the prefrontal cortex and the posterior parietal cortex. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the U.S.A., 100 (12), 7412-7417.

Ursu S, Stenger VA, Shear MK, Jones MR, Carter CS. (2003). Overactive action monitoring in obsessive-compulsive disorder: Evidence from functional magnetic resonance imaging. Psychological Science 14(4), 347-353.

Barch DM, Carter CS, Macdonald A, Cohen JD. (2003). Context processing deficits in schizophrenia: Diagnostic specificity, 4-week course and relationship to clinic symptoms. J Abnormal Psychology, 112:132-143.

Fissell K, Tseylin E, Cunningham D, Carter CS, Schneider W, Cohen J.D. (2003) Fiswidgets: A Graphical Computing Environment for Neuroimaging Analysis. Neuroinformatics, 1, 111-125.

Frank GK, Kaye WH, Carter CS, Brooks S, May C, Fissell K, Stenger VA. (2003). The evaluation of brain activity in response to taste stimuliĀ¤a pilot study and method for central taste activation as assessed by event-related fMRI. Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 131(1-2). 99-105.

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