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Erika F.H. Saunders

TitleAssistant Professor
InstitutionCollege of Medicine
DepartmentPsychiatry
Address500 University Drive, Hershey, PA 17033
Mailbox: HP16
Phone7175314802
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 Biography 
 awards and honors
2013 - 2014Named in Best Doctors'
2012 - Fellow, American Psychiatric Association
2012 - NCDEU New Investigator Award
2011 - Dean's Award for Excellence in Teaching
2011 - Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder
2010 - Resident Teaching Award
2007 - Future Leaders in Psychiatry
2006 - Resident Writing Award
2004 - Research Colloquium for Junior Investigators

 Overview 
 overview
Current position:
Executive Vice Chair, Department of Psychiatry
Director, Mood Disorders Program
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry
Penn State College of Medicine

Adjunct Research Investigator
Department of Psychiatry & Depression Center
University of Michigan

Our lab studies the link between clinical phenotype of bipolar disorder and biologic and genetic underpinnings of the disease. Bipolar disorder has a variable clinical presentation that likely reflects multiple biological and genetic etiologies. Through the study of biological factors that correlate with clinical phenotype and outcome, we aim to identify markers of illness that define a subgroup of patients who may have a homogeneous etiology of illness, and use those markers to predict and to follow treatment response. Focusing on a subpopulation of patients narrows the variability in etiology and treatment response and moves the field closer to applying principles of personalized medicine to patients suffering from bipolar disorder. Using the tools of translational research, we are currently studying the relationship between sleep phenotypes, mood outcome and inflammation, stress hormones and metabolites of polyunsaturated fatty acid pathways.

Past positions:
Instructor, University of Michigan (2006-2008)
Resident Research Track, University of Michigan (2002-2006) -- Psychiatric Residency, University of Michigan (2001-2006)
Howard Hughes Medical Research Fellow, Harvard Medical School (1998-1999)
Summer Research Fellow, National Cancer Institute (1997)
M.D., University of Iowa, College of Medicine (1996-2001)
B.S., University of Michigan, microbiology (1992-1996)


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 selected publications
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  1. Aggarwal R, Baweja R, Saunders EF, Singareddy R. CPAP-induced mania in bipolar disorder: a case report. Bipolar Disord. 2013 Aug 27.
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  2. Fouche, A; Saunders, EFH; Craig, T. Depression and Anxiety in Patients with Hereditary Angioedema. Annals of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology. 2013.
  3. Jen, A; Saunders, EFH; Ornstein, R; Kamali, M; McInnis, M. . Impulsivity, Alcohol Use Disorders and Anxiety Disorders associated with Eating Disorders in Bipolar Disorder. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders. 2013; 16(1).
  4. Saunders, EFH; Novick, D; Fernandez-Mendoza, J; Kamali, M; Ryan, KA; Evans, S; Langenecker, S; Gelenberg, AJ; McInnis, M. . Poor Sleep Quality during Euthymia in Bipolar Disorder: Role of Personality Traits, Stressful Life Events, and Rapid Cycling. International Journal of Bipolar Disorders. 2013; 13(1).
  5. Marshall DF, Walker SJ, Ryan KA, Kamali M, Saunders EF, Weldon AL, Adams KM, McInnis MG, Langenecker SA. Greater executive and visual memory dysfunction in comorbid bipolar disorder and substance use disorder. Psychiatry Res. 2012 Dec 30; 200(2-3):252-7.
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  6. Saunders EF, Fitzgerald KD, Zhang P, McInnis MG. Clinical features of bipolar disorder comorbid with anxiety disorders differ between men and women. Depress Anxiety. 2012 Aug; 29(8):739-46.
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  7. Kamali M, Saunders EF, Prossin AR, Brucksch CB, Harrington GJ, Langenecker SA, McInnis MG. Associations between suicide attempts and elevated bedtime salivary cortisol levels in bipolar disorder. J Affect Disord. 2012 Feb; 136(3):350-8.
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  8. Vederman AC, Weisenbach SL, Rapport LJ, Leon HM, Haase BD, Franti LM, Schallmo MP, Saunders EF, Kamali MM, Zubieta JK, Langenecker SA, McInnis MG. Modality-specific alterations in the perception of emotional stimuli in Bipolar Disorder compared to Healthy Controls and Major Depressive Disorder. Cortex. 2012 Sep; 48(8):1027-34.
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  9. Saunders EF, Zhang P, Copeland JN, Mclnnis MG, Zöllner S. Suggestive linkage at 9p22 in bipolar disorder weighted by alcohol abuse. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2009 Dec 5; 150B(8):1133-8.
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  10. Saunders BD, Saunders EF, Gauger PG. Lithium therapy and hyperparathyroidism: an evidence-based assessment. World J Surg. 2009 Nov; 33(11):2314-23.
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  11. Saunders EF, Silk KR. Personality trait dimensions and the pharmacological treatment of borderline personality disorder. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2009 Oct; 29(5):461-7.
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  12. Langenecker SA, Saunders EF, Kade AM, Ransom MT, McInnis MG. Intermediate: cognitive phenotypes in bipolar disorder. J Affect Disord. 2010 May; 122(3):285-93.
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  13. McEachin RC, Keller BJ, Saunders EF, McInnis MG. Modeling gene-by-environment interaction in comorbid depression with alcohol use disorders via an integrated bioinformatics approach. BioData Min. 2008; 1(1):2.
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  14. Saunders EH, Scott LJ, McInnis MG, Burmeister M. Familiality and diagnostic patterns of subphenotypes in the National Institutes of Mental Health bipolar sample. Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet. 2008 Jan 5; 147B(1):18-26.
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  15. Margolin DH, Saunders EH, Bronfin B, de Rosa N, Axthelm MK, Goloubeva OG, Eapen S, Gelman RS, Letvin NL. Germinal center function in the spleen during simian HIV infection in rhesus monkeys. J Immunol. 2006 Jul 15; 177(2):1108-19.
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  16. Margolin DH, Saunders EF, Bronfin B, de Rosa N, Axthelm MK, Alvarez X, Letvin NL. High frequency of virus-specific B lymphocytes in germinal centers of simian-human immunodeficiency virus-infected rhesus monkeys. J Virol. 2002 Apr; 76(8):3965-73.
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  17. Helmuth EF, Letvin NL, Margolin DH. Germline repertoire of the immunoglobulin V(H)3 family in rhesus monkeys. Immunogenetics. 2000 Jun; 51(7):519-27.
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