Anna R. Docherty, PhD, LP

Curriculum Vitae

Anna R. Docherty, PhD, LP portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
  • Affiliate Assistant Professor, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric & Behavioral Genetics



  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • M.S. , Clinical Psychology, University of Missouri-Columbia
  • B.A., English, Oberlin College

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 Awardee. American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 08/05/2016
  • Edge Scholar. University of Utah, 08/01/2016
  • Early Career Achievement Award. American Psychological Association, 08/07/2015
  • Young Investigator Award. International Congress on Schizophrenia Research, 07/03/2015
  • Mark K. Thelen Outstanding Research Award. University of Missouri, 04/02/2014
  • Graduate Excellence Award. University of Missouri , 08/12/2013
  • Distinguished Thesis Award. Department of Psychological Sciences, University of Missouri , 09/15/2010
  • Schizophrenia Essay Award, Honorable Mention with Publication. Schizophrenia International Research Society (SIRS) , 08/28/2009
  • NIMH Summer Grant-Writing Fellowship. University of Missouri , 08/21/2009
  • Outstanding Thesis Award. University of Missouri , 08/13/2009
  • Student Merit Award (x2). Oberlin College , 08/09/2001


Dr. Anna Docherty, Ph.D. recently completed her postdoc training at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. In two years at VIPBG, she secured an NIMH K01 and NARSAD Young Investigator Award to study the molecular genetics of schizophrenia and schizotypy, and published several papers using both biometrical and molecular genetics approaches. She just began a tenure-track professorship in Psychiatry and Human Genetics at the University of Utah, and her work dovetails extremely well with the Utah Genome Project, the Utah Human Population Database, Utah’s ABCD research grant, and the University Neuropsychiatric Institute, where she will serve as a senior investigator.
Her interest in psychiatric genetics began during her doctoral training in clinical psychology at both the University of Missouri (Ph.D.) and the University of Minnesota (NIMH F31 Fellow and American Psychological Foundation Fellow). This led her to seek training from Drs. Michael C. Neale, Ph.D. and Kenneth S. Kendler, M.D., and while working with Dr. Kendler, her interests in the molecular genetics of schizophrenia led to projects examining symptom dimensions and pathway-based polygenic risk modeling. Currently, her focus is on enhancing prediction and prevention of severe psychopathology, and on developing statistical methods for the DNA-driven molecular genetic subtyping of psychosis.
Dr. Docherty’s current NIMH-funded research aims involve 1) genetic subtyping of schizophrenia and 2) GWAS-based polygenic prediction of numerous mental and physical health outcomes (the phenome) across critical stages of human development. She is especially interested in overall empirical refinement of psychiatric classification, and enhanced prediction of severe psychopathology via genetic modeling.


  • Virginia Institute for Psychiatric & Behavioral Genetics (VIPBG), Affiliate Assistant Professor, 08/01/2016 - present


  • French, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Asia. Much of psychiatric genetics has been limited to populations of Northern European ancestry. I am particularly interested in how this research translates to genetic variation in populations with ancestry in Southeast Asia, Northern and Middle Africa, Latin America, South America, Indigenous North America, and India. I am also interested in how immigration and cultural displacement reflect distinct (and preventable) psychiatric sequelae.

Licensed Clinical Psychologist

Dr. Docherty is licensed to practice in Utah and Virginia.