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Erica Martin Richards, M.D., Ph.D.
Chair and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Sibley Memorial Hospital
Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Expertise: Neuropsychiatry, Psychiatric Complications of Neurological Diseases, Psychiatry, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Psychosomatic Medicine
Sibley Memorial Hospital
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The Johns Hopkins Hospital (Main Entrance)
1800 Orleans St.
Sheikh Zayed Tower
Baltimore, MD 21287 map
Erica M. Richards, M.D., Ph.D., is the chair and medical director of the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Sibley Memorial Hospital, as well as an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Dr. Richards is board certified in psychiatry by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology.
Dr. Richards completed a combined M.D./Ph.D. program at the University of Maryland School of Medicine to earn a Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience degree and a Doctor of Medicine degree. She completed a combined psychiatry and internal medicine internship at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, followed by a residency in The Johns Hopkins Hospital Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, where she served as chief resident. Dr. Richards also completed a clinical research fellowship at the National Institute of Mental Health, where she went on to serve as an attending physician. Dr. Richards previously taught as an assistant professor of psychiatry at Georgetown University Medical Center.
Dr. Richards is a member of the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology and the American Psychiatric Association. She previously served as the founder and instructor for the Research Assistant Clinical Training Workshop; a National Institute of Mental Health representative for the National Institutes of Health Clinical Fellows Committee; and a board member for the National Institute of Mental Health Fellows Committee.
Dr. Richards has earned the Top Poster Award for Clinical Research by the Society of Biological Psychiatry; a Travel Award by the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology; a Young Investigator Award by the Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder; a New Investigator Award for the American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology; as well as several other distinctions during her years of study.
Dr. Richards has contributed to numerous publications with her research interests on investigating the role of inflammation in the pathophysiology of mood disorders, identifying potential biomarkers of depression and treatment response, and elucidating the mechanism of action of ketamine's antidepressant effects. The National Institutes of Health and the American Heart Association have both provided funding for her research on the effects of heart attack and stroke on the brain, specifically on mitochondrial function following ischemia.
- Chair and Medical Director, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health, Sibley Memorial Hospital
- Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Departments / Divisions
- Psychiatry at Sibley Memorial Hospital
- Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
- MD, University of Maryland School of Medicine (2008)
- Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (2012)
- National Institutes of Health-Credentialing Services Section / Psychiatry (2015)
- American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology / Psychiatry (2014)
Research & Publications
Selected PublicationsView all on Pubmed
Ballard ED, Wills K, Lally N, Richards EM, Luckenbaugh DA, Walls T, Ameli R, Niciu MJ, Brutsche NE, Park L, Zarate CA Jr. "Anhedonia as a clinical correlate of suicidal thoughts in clinical ketamine trials." J Affect Disord. 2017 Aug 15;218:195-200. doi: 10.1016/j.jad.2017.04.057. Epub 2017 Apr 25.
Vande Voort JL, Ballard ED, Luckenbaugh DA, Bernert RA, Richards EM, Niciu MJ, Park LT, Machado-Vieira R, Duncan WC Jr, Zarate CA Jr. "Antisuicidal Response Following Ketamine Infusion Is Associated With Decreased Nighttime Wakefulness in Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder." J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Dec 6. doi: 10.4088/JCP.15m10440.
Ballard ED, Vande Voort JL, Bernert RA, Luckenbaugh DA, Richards EM, Niciu MJ, Furey ML, Duncan WC Jr, Zarate CA Jr. "Nocturnal Wakefulness Is Associated With Next-Day Suicidal Ideation in Major Depressive Disorder and Bipolar Disorder." J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Jun;77(6):825-31. doi: 10.4088/JCP.15m09943.
Jaso BA, Niciu MJ, Iadarola ND, Lally N, Richards EM, Park M, Ballard ED, Nugent AC, Machado-Vieira R, Zarate CA. "Therapeutic Modulation of Glutamate Receptors in Major Depressive Disorder." Curr Neuropharmacol. 2017;15(1):57-70. Review.
Richards EM, Mathews DC, Luckenbaugh DA, Ionescu DF, Machado-Vieira R, Niciu MJ, Duncan WC, Nolan NM, Franco-Chaves JA, Hudzik T, Maciag C, Li S, Cross A, Smith MA, Zarate CA Jr. "A randomized, placebo-controlled pilot trial of the delta opioid receptor agonist AZD2327 in anxious depression." Psychopharmacology (Berl). 2016 Mar;233(6):1119-30. doi: 10.1007/s00213-015-4195-4. Epub 2016 Jan 4.
Activities & Honors
- Top Poster Award for Clinical Research, Society of Biological Psychiatry, 2016
- Travel Award, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2015
- New Investigator Award, American Society for Clinical Psychopharmacology, 2015
- Young Investigator Award, Career Development Institute for Bipolar Disorder, 2015
- American Society of Clinical Psychopharmacology
- American Psychiatric Association