Anna R. Docherty, PhD

Curriculum Vitae

Anna R. Docherty, PhD portrait
  • Assistant Professor, Psychiatry
  • Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Program in Neuroscience
  • 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

  • Vice President's Clinical and Translational Research Scholar. University of Utah, 01/01/2017
  • 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. She works with research groups at MIT and Oxford to improve prediction and prevention of depression and psychosis. She has secured an NIMH and NARSAD Young Investigator Award to study the molecular genetics of schizophrenia and schizotypy, and has published several papers using genetics approaches to understanding and preventing mental illness. 

Dr. Docherty's interest in psychiatric genetics began during her doctoral training 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 collaborate with the Wellcome Trust and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, and to projects examining symptom dimensions, genetic subtyping, and genome-wide polygenic risk modeling. Overall, her focus is on enhancing prediction and prevention of severe psychopathology, and developing precision medicine studies in the service of identifying novel drug targets.



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

In the Media


  • French, basic.

Geographical Regions of Interest

  • Asia. Much of psychiatric genetics has been limited to populations of Northern European ancestry. Dr. Docherty 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. She is 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.