Director of Addiction Research

Christopher Stauffer, MD

Chris Stauffer received his MD from Oregon Health & Science University in 2010 and completed his Adult Psychiatry Residency at UCSF in 2014. He also completed a post-graduate Psychiatry Research Fellowship at the San Francisco VA Medical Center. He is currently a research psychiatrist at SFVAMC, is the recipient of a VA Career Development Award, and is Assistant Adjunct Professor at UCSF. Clinically, he specializes in the treatment of substance use disorders and posttraumatic stress disorder and sees patients at both the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center and the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital's Opioid Treatment Outpatient Program. His research combines addiction psychiatry and social neuroscience; specifically, he investigates the use of social psychopharmacology - such as oxytocin and MDMA - as an adjunct to psychotherapy for substance use disorders and PTSD. He also directs a core didactic for the UCSF psychiatry residents on the neurobiology and clinical applications of attachment theory.