Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Acoustic Startle Laboratory, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Phone: 404-321-6111 ext 7532
Erica Duncan, MD is a clinical researcher whose work focuses on advancing our understanding of the pathophysiology and etiology of major psychiatric disorders. Her work focuses on the acoustic startle response, a reflex seen across mammalian species that provides a window into the functioning of brain circuits relevant to schizophrenia, cocaine dependence, and posttraumatic stress disorder. Additional research directions in the lab include immune function in schizophrenia, cognitive remediation in schizophrenia, and metabolic effects of psychiatric medications.
Dr. Duncan is also a practicing psychiatrist who provides clinical teaching of residents and medical students on the inpatient psychiatric unit at the Atlanta VA. Trained in both psychopharmacology and psychoanalysis, she provides a broad range of clinical approaches to her clinical supervision.
Work in the laboratory has been supported by: funding from the VA Merit Review Program, VA Cooperative Studies Program, NIMH, NIDA, Department of Defense, NARSAD, the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience (National Science Foundation), the Schizophrenia Trials Network through NIMH, investigator initiated funding from pharmaceutical companies.