Julie Schweitzer, Ph.D.

Julie Beth Schweitzer, Ph.D.


  • Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
  • Co- Director Mentored Clinical Research Training Program -CTSC , University of California, Davis
  • Director, Mentoring Academy, UC Davis Schools of Health


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Clinical Interests

Dr. Schweitzer clinical specialty is ADHD evaluation and treatment in children, adolescents and adults.  The ADHD Clinic is in the MIND Institute.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Schweitzer's research interests include the identification and treatment of challenges of impulsivity, inattention and problems with cognitive and emotional regulation in children and adults. Her research studies frequently involve behavioral/neuropsychological and functional neuroimaging methods.

Other interests include self-control and understanding the developmental trajectory of response to reward in typically developing adolescents and in ADHD.

She conducts research in behavioral, cognitive and pharmacological interventions for persons with ADHD and autism across the life span. Her program also includes an ADHD Clinic within the MIND Institute with evaluation and treatment for ADHD. Dr. Schweitzer's goal is to apply translational research methods using a variety of basic behavioral and physiological techniques to develop novel treatment and preventative approaches to addressing attentional disorders.

Additional funded collaborative work includes projects in autism. Dr. Schweitzer is also committed to training the next generation of clinical and translational scientists through her work at the UC Davis Clinical and Translational Science Center and the UC Davis Schools of Health Mentoring Academy ( https://www.ucdmc.ucdavis.edu/mentoring/ ).


Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute


Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 1990

M.S., University of Massachusetts, Amherst MA 1987

A.B., University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA 1982

Internship: Clinical Psychology, University of Minnesota Psychology Internship Consortium, Minneapolis MN 1990-1991


Clinical Psychology, Egleston Children's Hospital at Emory University, Atlanta GA 1991-1993

Professional Memberships

American Psychological Association

Association for Psychological Science

CTSC Education & Research Training Oversight Committee, Member

Graduate Group in Clinical Research, Executive Committee, University of California, Davis

Graduate Group in Neurosciences, faculty member, UC Davis

Graduate Group in Psychology-Perception, Cognition, and Cognitive Neuroscience, UC Davis

International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology

Society for Neurosciences

Honors and Awards

Founding Committee Member to Develop Mentoring Academy UC Davis School of Medicine Co-Center Mentoring Director, MIND Institute, 2010

Select Recent Publications

van den Bos W, Rodriguez CA, Schweitzer JB, McClure SM. Adolescent impatience decreases with increased frontostriatal connectivity. Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 2015 Jul 21;112(29):E3765-74.

Hartanto TA, Krafft CE, Iosif AM, Schweitzer JB. A trial-by-trial analysis reveals more intense physical activity is associated with better cognitive control performance in attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Child Neuropsychol. 2015 Jun 10:1-9.

Fassbender C, Krafft CE, Schweitzer JB. Differentiating SCT and inattentive symptoms in ADHD using fMRI measures of cognitive control. Neuroimage Clin. 2015 May 21;8:390-7.

Schweitzer JB, Riggins T, Liang X, Gallen C, Kurup PK, Ross TJ, Black MM, Nair P, Salmeron BJ. Prenatal drug exposure to illicit drugs alters working memory-related brain activity and underlying network properties in adolescence. Neurotoxicol Teratol. 2015 Mar-Apr;48:69-77.

Fassbender C, Houde S, Silver-Balbus S, Ballard K, Kim B, Rutledge KJ, Dixon JF, Iosif AM, Schweitzer JB, McClure SM. The decimal effect: behavioral and neural bases for a novel influence on intertemporal choice in healthy individuals and in ADHD. J Cogn Neurosci. 2014 Nov;26(11):2455-68.

Rose EJ, Salmeron BJ, Ross TJ, Waltz J, Schweitzer JB, McClure SM, Stein EA. Temporal difference error prediction signal dysregulation in cocaine dependence. Neuropsychopharmacology. 2014 Jun;39(7):1732-42.

van den Bos W, Rodriguez CA, Schweitzer JB, McClure SM. Connectivity strength  of dissociable striatal tracts predict individual differences in temporal discounting. J Neurosci. 2014 Jul 30;34(31):10298-310.

Mazaheri A, Fassbender C, Coffey-Corina S, Hartanto TA, Schweitzer JB, Mangun GR. Differential oscillatory electroencephalogram between attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder subtypes and typically developing adolescents. Biol Psychiatry. 2014 Sep 1;76(5):422-9.

Au, J., Berkowitz-Sutherland, L., Schneider, A., Schweitzer, J. B., Hessl, D., & Hagerman, R. A feasibility trial of Cogmed working memory training in fragile X syndrome. J Pediatr Genet, 2014;3(3).

Benyakorn, S., Riley, SJ, Calub, CA, Schweitzer, JB. Review and Future Directions of Technology-Based Care for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Accepted for publication. Telemedicine and E-Health.