Leanne Williams

Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences, Stanford University

PhD; completed with a British Council Scholarship for study at Oxford University. Formerly: Founding Chair of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry and directed the Brain Dynamics Center at Sydney Medical School. Currently, Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioural Sciences and has launched the Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness. Founding Director, Stanford PanLab for Precision Psychiatry and Translational Neuroscience, Associate Chair of Precision Mental Health, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Director of Education and Dissemination, Palo Alto VA Mental Illness Research, Education and Clinical Center. Center and translational programs integrate advanced neuroimaging, technology and digital innovation to transform the way we detect mental disorders, tailor interventions and promote wellness. Has developed the first patented taxonomy for depression and anxiety that quantifies brain circuits for diagnostic precision and prediction. Experience is that a brain circuit-informed model empowers each person with an understanding of their own brain function and can reduce stigma and barriers to care. Has contributed over 275 scientific papers to the field.