About the Institute

The Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA (formally 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 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 disorders such as: autism, addiction, anxiety disorders, ADHD, OCD, Alzheimer’s disease, bipolar disorder, depression, tic disorders, schizophrenia. 

Research and Clinical Programs

Alzheimer‘s Disease, Memory and Aging
Developmental Disabilities and Behavioral Disorders
Eating Disorders
Neurological Rehabilitation and Neural Repair
Human Sexuality
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Bipolar Disorder
Mood Disorders
Borderline Personality Disorder
Behavioral Pharmacology
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Suicide Prevention
Neuropsychiatry and Epilepsy
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
Parkinson's Disease and Multiple Sclerosis
Rehabilitation in Chronic Psychosis
Trauma and Anxiety
Huntington's Disease
Tourette's Syndrome
Pain Management