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Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Thomas F. Anders, M.D.

Thomas Anders, M.D.

Professor Emeritus
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

UC Davis MIND Institute
2825 50th St.
Sacramento, CA 95817
Office phone:  (916) 703-0230


Considered a leading expert in child psychiatry, Dr. Anders helped establish the UC Davis Behavioral Health Center in 1996 and the MIND Institute in 1998. He is the immediate past president of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and serves as the chair of its Steering Committee on Workforce. He has served on several textbook/journal editorial boards and committees for the National Institute of Mental Health, National Board of Medical Examiners, National Scientific Advisory Council and California State Council on SIDS. Dr. Anders studies developmental psychiatry and the relationship of psychopathology to psychiatric disorders in young patients. His sleep research focuses on pediatric sleep patterns, including ontogenesis of sleep-wake states from infancy through early childhood. Multiple factors seem involved in promoting good sleep-wake outcomes, including the infants use of a sleep aid, the infant's temperament, maternal well being, and mother-child interaction. Infants can be classified as self-soothers or signalers by 6-9 months, depending upon whether they cry following a nighttime awakening, or whether they put themselves back to sleep without signaling to their parents. He also studies sleep disorders in children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.


B.A., Stanford University, 1956
M.D., Stanford University, 1960