Our vision for precision psychiatry and neuroscience is to translate insights about the human brain into real world clinical care – to improve the quality of individual lives.

What We Do

Why We Do It

Our current projects focus on depression and anxiety, with research that embraces individual differences in the experience of mental health disorders, and the associated disruptions to social and emotional function. Emotion and cognition are two hallmark features of mental health disorders. Using an integrative approach with MRI, EEG, behavioral testing, genetics, symptoms, and daily functioning data, our research projects aim to:
  • Delineate neural circuitry for emotional and cognitive functions,
  • Examine how this circuitry becomes dysregulated in depression and anxiety,
  • And assess how it is expressed in individual variations in subjective and behavioral symptoms.
Mental health disorders are the leading cause of disability worldwide (depressive disorders account for about 40% of the disability, and anxiety disorders are about 15%). Advances in human neuroscience give us a better understanding for why one treatment works and another does not - but we have not yet bridged the translational divide between the evidence and how to apply this information in the real world. To improve this situation, we need to provide more successful treatment.


Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness

Dr. Leanne Williams is pioneering the development a Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness for rapidly translating neuroscience into personalized care.
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 PanLab News
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  1. Dr. Leanne Williams is an Invited Speaker at the 4th Annual BRAIN Initiative
    APRIL 10, 2018 Dr. Leanne Williams was a featured speaker during a session designed to explore the underlying mechanisms of network modulation and elucidate steps to develop the next generation of brain stimulation devices that can more effectively correct network and circuit dynamics. The title of her presentation was "Quantifying targets for non-invasive network modulation.”
  2. Can precision medicine do for depression what it's done for cancer?
    MAY 9, 2018. Stat News asked the question, 'Can precision medicine do for depression what it's done for cancer?' Dr. Leanne Williams acknowledges that though it might be tricky, it will be worth the effort. Dr. Leanne Williams' goal for the Stanford Center for Precision Mental Health and Wellness is to discover tests that physicians can utilize to guide treatments for depression.
  3. Dr. Tali Manber Ball Awarded K23 Grant by NIH
    APRIL 3, 2018 Dr. Tali Manber Ball, postdoctoral fellow in the PanLab, was awarded K23MH113708 entitled, "Developing a mechanistic neurobiological model of exposure therapy response based on fear extinction theory." Her research aim to build a model to predict which patients with social anxiety will respond to exposure therapy, based on a neuroimaging assessment of individual differences in fear extinction learning.
  4. Monica Kullar Awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowship
    APRIL 3, 2018 Monica Kullar, a Williams PanLab staff member, was awarded a NSF Graduate Fellowship for her proposal researching the effects of cognitive reappraisal (emotion regulation) under acute stress. She was interested in trying to understand how people effectively regulate their emotions when they're stressed, and how time and distance may be more helpful for a person to better reduce their negative emotional experiences.