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The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA,

formerly the Neuropsychiatric Institute at UCLA (NPI), is a world renowned multidisciplinary research institute whose preeminent faculty is dedicated to the study of mind, brain, and behavior. Since its founding five decades ago, the Institute has assembled more than 370 physicians, clinical researchers, and scientists who work collaboratively to study psychiatric and neurological disorders and to develop new and effective treatments that improve lives.

Through research, education, and patient care, these scientists are unraveling the mysteries of the mind and brain and complex human behavior. Researchers are identifying the biological, psychological, behavioral, and socio-cultural underpinnings of the human experience, as well as the causes and consequences of conditions ranging from autism, addiction, and Alzheimer’s disease, to depression, bipolar disorder, ADHD, schizophrenia, anxiety disorders, OCD and other illnesses and disorders of the mind and brain. 

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Statement

The Friends of the Semel Institute is proud to have an equitable, diverse and inclusive community that includes board members and scholar grant recipients of every background.  Our Open Mind community and lecture series, free to the public, includes programming that addresses minority issues.  We recognize that inclusion must be practiced in all areas of our organization.

Research and Clinical Programs

Alzheimer‘s Disease
Developmental Disabilities & Behavioral Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
Memory and Aging
Human Sexuality
Behavioral Pharmacology
Eating Disorders
Bipolar Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder
Neurological Rehabilitation and Neural Repair
Psycho Oncology
Mood Disorders
Suicide Prevention
Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Neuropsychiatry and Epilepsy
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Huntington's Disease
Rehabilitation in Chronic Psychosis
Trauma and Anxiety
Tourette's Syndrome
Pain Management
Substance Abuse and Addiction
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