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 and their assessment.
 

Vivek Datta M.D., M.P.H. is an Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Francisco . He was formerly Director of the Neuropsychiatry Consultation Service at the University of Washington Medical Center , Seattle, where he was  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 . He completed his psychiatry residency training at the University of Washington Medical Center, and a Fellowship in Psychiatry and the Law at the University of California, San Francisco .


He 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, traumatic brain injury, dissociative disorders, trauma, and mood disorders. His CV can be found here .
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