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 ranging from autism, addiction, and Alzheimer’s disease, to depression, mental retardation, and multiple sclerosis.

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


The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and
Human Behavior at UCLA is dedicated to improving the lives of people with mental illness by supporting research to advance innovative treatments and sponsoring educational programs to raise awareness and erase stigma.*

The Friends of the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
760 Westwood Plaza C7-463
Los Angeles, CA 90095

Email: wkelman@mednet.ucla.edu

Phone: 310 825-3119

* The Friends of the Semel Institute is a 501(c)(3)  volunteer organization under the auspices of the UCLA Foundation.