Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior


Dr. Carpenter completed her undergraduate degree in honors psychology at the University of Michigan, then worked in the Mood Disorders Research Program at the Western Psychiatric Institute in Pittsburgh, concurrently completing post-baccalaureate premedical coursework at the University of Pittsburgh. She obtained her M.D. from the University of Pennsylvania and went on to complete an internship in internal medicine, a residency program in psychiatry, and a clinical neuroscience research fellowship at Yale University.


She joined the faculty at Brown in 1997 and has continued her path as a physician-scientist investigating the neurobiology of, and new treatments for, major depression and other mood and anxiety disorders. She led a 10-year, federally funded translational research program focusing on the development of laboratory biomarkers signaling risk for mood/anxiety disorders and understanding the impact of early life stress on adult stress biology. She has also conducted a number of randomized clinical trials sponsored by industry and NIH, investigating new drugs and devices for treating depression, including esketamine, Vagus Nerve Stimulation (VNS), Deep Brain Stimulation (DBS), Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS). Dr. Carpenter’s lab evaluates new neurostimulation treatments and their mechanisms, using both EEG and fMRI. In addition to her role as Deputy Director of the Butler COBRE Center for Neuromodulation, she is Director of the Center’s Neuromodulation and Neuroimaging Core, where she provides training and other resources for neuromodulation researchers in the Rhode Island area.

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