Congrats to Dr. Woolley for his 2018 Research Mentor of the Year Award!

Congratulations to Dr. Joshua Woolley, recipient of the 2018 Research Mentor of the Year Award, from the Resident Research Training Program (RRTP), part of the Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI). Dr. Woolley’s research in the Bonding and Attunement in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (BAND) lab focuses on developing and testing novel pharmacological and cognitive interventions to strengthen social connections for individuals suffering from mental illness. He has successfully mentored many residents in conducting high-impact translational research. This award recognizes his contribution to resident research training and education. 

CTSI facilitates clinical and translational research to improve patient and community health by providing services and training to ensure that research is conducted in the most efficient ways. RRTP is the CTSI training program that provides training, career development, courses, funding, and travel awards for residents interested in research. The RRTP program provides opportunities for all residents to allow them to gain a foundational understanding of clinical and translational research methods and evidence-based medicine skills, and to encourage them to pursue future opportunities for career development as investigators.


Fungus Among Us Nightlife: SOLDOUT!

A big congratulations to our postdoc Dr. Brian Anderson for delivering the talk on the power of psilocybin, the naturally occurring psychedelic compound produced by special mushrooms, at the California Academy of Sciences!


Dr. Brian Anderson Receives UCSF Resident Research Funding Award for our Psilocybin Study!

A big congratulations to our resident physician Brian Anderson for receiving the Resident Research Funding Award from the UCSF Clinical & Translational Science Institute! His research project, “Psilocybin-Associated Group Therapy for Demoralization in Long-term AIDS Survivors” investigates the use of psilocybin combined with group therapy in improving the mental health of long-term AIDS survivors. 


Article About Our Psilocybin Study is Now in the SFAF BETA Blog!

An article about our study on psilocybin-assisted group therapy in long-term HIV survivors was just posted on the San Francisco AIDS Foundation BETA blog! Visit to read the article and learn more about our exciting new study!


Seeking New Volunteer Research Assistants!

The BAND Lab is currently seeking new volunteer research assistants to join the team! Start dates are flexible and applications will be considered on a rolling basis.


New Post Doctorate Position at the BAND Lab!

The BAND Laboratory is currently seeking a well-qualified post doctoral scholar to join the team. Start dates are flexible and applications will be considered on a rolling basis. For more information click here or on the link above.


NEW AAPS Article and Information

The BAND Lab has developed the American Alcohol Photo Stimuli (AAPS). To use the AAPS in your research, please submit your request by clicking on the link above. You can also find a link to the article here.


Now Accepting Applicants for our 2017 Summer Internship!

The BAND Lab is now offering spot for our twelve week clinical Internship. Those who are interested in applying, please click on the link and look at the internship description. We look forward to hearing from you all soon!


Article in "Medium" about our MOO Study

BAND Lab Alumni, Peter Arcuni, has written an article in "Medium" about his experience working with patients at the San Francisco VA Medical Center's Methadone Clinic while conducting our Methadone Oxytocin Option (MOO) Study. Please visit to read the article.


New Statistician Position in the BAND Lab!

Join our team! We are looking for a statistician to help with our studies. The incumbent will assist with data analysis of the Dr. Woolley's research projects. This includes planning and implementing statistical analyses as well as managing and securing study data. This job requires a MS/MPH/PhD degree in statistics, biostatistics, epidemiology, or related field required and a minimum of three years of related research experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. For more information and to apply, please visit*FF55BEE20CE43E33


UCSF Psychiatry Update

Josh recieves grants for his headway in recent research on bonding and cohesion.


Meet our new RA's!

David and Harleen will be joining the lab. Visit our members section to read more about their research interests and what they enjoy doing in their spare time.


Welcome to our newest post doc, Lize De Coster!

Lize has joined us after receiving her PhD in Psychology at Ghent University in Belgium. Visit our members section to read more about her and her research interests.


Welcome to our newest post doc, Mayté Frias!

Mayté has joined us after doing her post doctoral work at UC Davis. Visit our members section to read more about her!


Check out Woolley's "Brain Waves"  webcast!

Dr. Woolley participated in a live webcast on New Brain Treatments for Psychiatric Illness on Wednesday, July 15. He and UCSF co-worker Dr. Daniel Schlosser discussed the use of technology and digital programs to strengthen patients' functioning in areas such as motivation and social cognition. Watch a recording of the webcast here.


Josh's New Publication in Biological Psychiatry

Josh recently published the article "Intranasal oxytocin mechanisms can be better understood but its effects on social cognition and behavior are not to be sniffed at" in Biological Psychiatry. To view more of Josh's recent publications visit our publications page.


Chris' Grand Rounds Talk

On June 2, at 8am in the HSW-300 Auditorium (513 Parnassus Avenue). He presented on "A Pilot Study of Oxytocin for Cocaine-Dependent Patients Receiving Methadone Maintenance (Stauffer)"


Woolley and Vinogradov discuss the future directions of cognitive training for patients with schizophrenia

The live video interview entitled, "Significant Recovery Possible in Schizophrenia with Cognitive Interventions" was featured on Clinical Psychiatry News online. 


Woolley presenting at the Society of Biological Psychiatry (SOBP)

Josh Woolley, MD, PhD will be presenting at the Society of Biological Psychiatry in Toronto, Canada on May 16, 2015.


Meet our new RA, Alison Seitz!

The BAND Lab would like to wecome one of our newest Research Assistants, Alison Seitz!


Woolley awarded grant to study the role of oxytocin in team cohesion in military settings

P.I. Josh Woolley, MD, PhD, and colleagues were recently awarded a grant from the US Army Medical Research Acquisition Activity, a branch of the Department of Defense, to explore the potential benefits of oxytocin administration to unit cohesion and group dynamics in Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) cadets and healthy civilians.


New paper accepted to Biological Psychiatry

Dr. Woolley's manuscript entitled Impaired recognition and regulation of disgust is associated with distinct but partially overlapping patterns of decreased grey matter volume in the ventroanterior insula has just been accepted for publication in Biological Psychiatry!


The THRIVE Lab is looking for Research Assitants

 The THRIVE Lab is looking for Research Assitants.

The BAND Lab is hiring a new Post-Doc

The BAND Lab is hiring a new Post-Doc. To learn more and apply, follow the link the job posting:


The BAND Lab's study on the effects of oxytocin on opiod-dependent patients completes its final participant session

The study MOO completed it's final participant session on October 3, 2014.


Dr. Woolley presents on schizophrenia research at the NAMI for a second time

Dr. Woolley presented at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on September 18, 2014.


Dr. Woolley presents on improving social deficits in patients with schizophrenia at NAMI

Dr. Woolley presented at the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) on July 16, 2014.


Dr. Chris Stauffer appointed as VA Psychiatry Research Fellow

Dr. Stauffer was appointed as a VA Psychiatry Research Fellow on July 1st, 2014. This post-residency fellowship is intended to develop physician potential for health system leadesrhip positions and to contribute to health work force needs.


Dr. O'Donovan's research focuses on how psychological stress increases risk for mental and physical health problems

Dr. O'Donovan's research is focused on revealing how psychological stress “gets under the skin” and more precisely “into cells” to affect mental and physical health. They aim to identify the psychological and biological factors that account for the adverse effects of psychological stress, and ultimately to drive the development of targeted interventions to reduce such negative effects of stress.


Dr. Vinogradov's research focuses on using cognitive training to target deficits of schizophrenia

For the past 10 years, Dr. Vinogradov's research has focused on the design, implementation, and evaluation of neuroscience-informed computerized cognitive training exercises that target cognitive deficits of schizophrenia.