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

Cameron S. Carter

Philosophy of Care

Dr. Carter's philosophy of care includes early intervention, multidisciplinary team approach, family systems perspective.

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.


Professor of Psychiatry and Psychology
Director, Imaging Research Center
Director, EDAPT Clinic
Director, Schizophrenia Research and Education Program
Director, Center for Neuroscience
Director, Behavioral Health Center of Excellence
Director and Principal Investigator, UC Davis Conte 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

Additional Phone:

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

Select Honors and Awards:

Dean’s Award for Excellence in Community Engagement, 2008

NARSAD Distinguished Investigator Award, 2007

Dean’s Excellence in Mentoring Award, UC Davis School of Medicine, 2006

Elected to the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2003

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:

To view Dr. Carter's publications, please click here.

Carter CS, Bullmore, E.T., Harrison, P. Is there a Flame in the Brain in Psychosis? Biological Psychiatry 75(4):258-9.

Ragland JD, Ranganath C, Harms MP, Barch DM, Gold JM, Layher E, Lesh TA, MacDonald AW 3rd, Niendam TA, Phillips J, Silverstein SM, Yonelinas AP, Carter CS. Functional and Neuroanatomic Specificity of Episodic Memory Dysfunction in Schizophrenia: A Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study of the Relational and Item-Specific Encoding Task. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015 Jul 22.

Solomon M, Yoon JH, Niendam TA, Ragland JD, Lesh TA, Fairbrother W, Carter CS. The development of the neural substrates of cognitive control in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders. Biological Psychiatry. 2013;76(5):412-21.

Minzenberg MJ, Carter CS. Developing treatments for impaired cognition in schizophrenia. Trends in Cognitive Science. 2012;16:35-42.

Minzenberg MJ, Firl A, Yoon J, Gomes G, Rienking C, Carter CS. Gamma oscillatory power is impaired during cognitive control independent of medication status in first episode schizophrenia. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2010;35:2590-9.

Minzenberg MJ, Watrous AJ, Yoon JH, Ursu S, Carter CS. Modafinil shifts human locus coeruleus to low-tonic, high phasic activity during functional MRI. Science. 2008;322(4908):1700-1702.

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

To see if Cameron S. Carter is accepting new patients, or for assistance finding a UC Davis doctor, please call 800-2-UCDAVIS (800-282-3284).