Anna Docherty, Ph.D., L.P.
Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry, University of Utah School of Medicine
Affiliate Faculty, Interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, University of Utah School of Medicine
Affiliate Faculty, USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery, University of Utah
Affiliate Faculty, Virginia Institute for Psychiatric & Behavioral Genetics

Dr. Docherty is a quantitative geneticist and a psychologist, examining risk and resilience in the context of severe psychiatric outcomes like psychosis and suicide. Dr. Docherty completed a predoctoral fellowship at the University of Minnesota (National Institute of Mental Health/NIMH F31 Fellow & American Psychological Foundation Fellow). This led her to collaborate with the Wellcome Trust and the Psychiatric Genomics Consortium, and to projects examining genome-wide polygenic risk modeling.

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Dr. Docherty completed a postdoctoral fellowship in quantitative genetics (NIMH T32) at the Virginia Institute for Psychiatric and Behavioral Genetics. Since coming to Utah in 2016, she has developed a largely computational laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry to examine the genetics of suicide, treatment-resistant depression, and schizophrenia. To this end, her team leverages the largest genetic datasets available of psychiatric populations, suicide deaths, and healthy emerging adult populations. They have secured NIMH, Simons Foundation, AFSP, and NARSAD funding to build predictive models and identify genetic subtypes of psychosis, suicide, and autism. They have also built a comprehensive pipeline for genome-wide polygenic prediction of mental and physical health outcomes (the “phenome”) across critical stages of human development.

Currently, Dr. Docherty’s focus is on enhancing clinical prediction of severe psychopathology and suicide risk during emerging adulthood (e.g., in college students), and developing early intervention methods. Dr. Docherty is also a community educator and mental health advocate, and she directs an outpatient clinic at UNI focused on evidence-based group and individual psychotherapy for management of depression, anxiety, and schizophrenia. She specializes in schizophrenia, cancer-related mental health concerns, suicide risk, and LGBTQIA-related concerns.

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