ABOUT

This site is intended to promote an awareness of the murky and fascinating boundaries between neurology and psychiatry.

Neuropsychiatry has four major domains:
 
  • unexplained or functional neurological symptoms
  • emotional, behavioral, perceptual, and cognitive symptoms that can occur in neurological diseases, including brain injury, stroke, dementia, epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, and other autoimmune diseases
  • delirium and dementia
  • neurobehavioral symptoms related to specific brain lesions
 
You will hopefully find useful resources here to learn more about these conditions.
 
 

Vivek Datta M.D., M.P.H. is a Fellow in Psychiatry and the Law at the University of California, San Francisco . He was formerly Director of the Functional Neurology and Neuropsychiatry Consultation Service at the University of Washington Medical Center , Seattle, where he was also Chief Resident for Education in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences .

Born in London, England, he completed his B.Sc. in Psychology with First Class Honors from the University of London and his Medical Degree with Distinction from Guy's King's & St Thomas' School of Medicine , London. He was previously a Visiting Research Fellow in Psychological Medicine at the Institute of Psychiatry at the Maudsley Hospital , London and Clinical Lecturer in Psychiatry at Deakin University School of Medicine , Australia.

Vivek came to the U.S. as a Frank Knox Memorial Fellow , completing his Masters in Public Health at Harvard University . During his psychiatry residency training he has won numerous awards including the Diversity Leadership Fellowship of the American Psychiatric Association , PRITE Fellowship and Laughlin Fellowship of the American College of Psychiatrists , International Medical Graduate Fellowship  and BRAIN Scholarship from the American Association of Directors of Psychiatry Residency Training , and the Rappeport Fellowship of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law .


Vivek's interests include the use and abuse of neuroimaging in the courts, criminal responsibility in fronto-temporal dementia, the care of patients with dementia in the criminal justice system, and distinguishing primary psychiatric illness from the psychiatric manifestations of a neurological disease.

Clinically, he is interested in the management of functional neurological symptoms, assessment of early-onset dementia, behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia, psychiatric manifestations of neurological illness including traumatic brain injury, dissociative disorders, trauma, and mood disorders. His CV can be found here .
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