Vanderbilt University
Institute of Imaging Science

Stephan Heckers

Professor and Chair, Department of Psychiatry

Contact Information
(615) 322-2665


I am interested in studying the neural basis of psychotic disorders, specifically the early stages of schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and related illnesses.


My current research project include
1) Hippocampal structure and function in psychotic disorders
2) Relational memory in psychosis


Talati P, Rane S, Kose S, Gore J, Heckers S.
Anterior-posterior cerebral blood volume gradient in human subiculum. Hippocampus 2014, 24:503-509. PMID: 24677295.

Sheffield JM, Williams LE, Woodward ND, Heckers S.
Reduced gray matter volume in psychotic disorder patients with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Schizophrenia Research 2013; 143:185-191. PMID: 23178105.

Williams LE, Blackford JU, Luksik A, Gauthier I, Heckers S.
Reduced habituation in patients with schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research 2013; 151:124-132. PMID: 24200419.

Avery SN, Williams LE, Woolard AA, Heckers S.
Relational memory and hippocampal function in psychotic bipolar disorder. European Archives of Psychiatry and Clinical Neuroscience 2013 Sep 11. [Epub ahead of print] PMID: 24022592.

Ongur D, Cullen TJ, Wolf DH, Rohan M, Barreira P, Zalesak M, Heckers S.
The neural basis of relational memory of deficits in schizophrenia. Archives of General Psychiatry 2006; 63: 356-365.