People: Director
Mani Pavuluri, MD, PhD
Berger-Colbeth Chair
Professor in Psychiatry

Mani Pavuluri is MD PhD, Professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), Berger-Colbeth Chair in Child Psychiatry, and Director of the Pediatric Brain Research And InterventioN (BRAIN) Center.

Dr. Pavuluri is trained as a Psychiatrist and Child Psychiatrist at Otago University Medical School in New Zealand, Royal Children’s Hospital at Melbourne University in Australia and the Australian and New Zealand College of Psychiatrists. During her Psychiatry training, she simultaneously completed her PhD in Developmental Psychopathology. She trained also at Rush University in Chicago and via an NIH K award training in functional neuroimaging (fMRI) and effects of medicine on brain function in children with mood disorders at UIC. She is Board certified in General and Child Psychiatry Training in Australia, New Zealand, and the United States.

Dr. Pavuluri is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and has received many awards that include the prestigious Klingenstein Third Generation Award from AACAP for the best paper in mood disorders in 2009 and Gerry Klerman Award for outstanding research in 2010 from Brain and Behavior Research Foundation (NARSAD). She is the Founding Director of the now nationally recognized Pediatric Mood Disorders Clinic that grew into the Pediatric BRAIN Center at UIC. The program draws from 28 states to-date and has helped set up many programs across the world. She serves on the editorial Board of several top journals and published widely. She is funded by several granting agencies that include the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), NARSAD, Dana Foundation, Marshall Reynolds Foundation, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) and her grateful families. She is listed under Top Psychiatrists in America, selected by patients, and Best Doctors of America, selected by peers.

Her goal is to understand brain mechanisms in order to develop molecular and brain biosignatures of pediatric mood disorders and unravel how treatments can reverse brain dysfunction, working towards personalized interventions. She is working on suicide prevention and differentiating bipolar disorder from attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). Dr. Pavuluri’s work is the foremost among the cohort of studies mapping the interfacing affective and cognitive brain circuits. Her team’s work involving fMRI studies of the medication effects on brain function in pediatric bipolar disorder is considered a trail blazer in the field.


The Brain Center and the clinic is a part of the Pediatric Mood Disorders Program, The Colbeth Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Clinic, the Institute for Juvenile Research, and the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Illinois at Chicago.


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