Robert M. Bilder


Distinguished Professor
Michael E. Tennenbaum Family Chair in Creativity Research
Ph.D.: City College, City University of New York
Primary Area: Clinical Psychology
Home Department: Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Address: 760 Westwood Plaza, C8-849 Semel Institute
Phone: (310) 825-9474

Research and Teaching Interests:

Dr. Bilder’s research focuses on dimensional approaches to understanding mental disorders and the continua that bridge from mental illness to healthy states and exceptional cognitive abilities.  Dr.  Bilder directs the Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity, the NIMH-sponsored National Neuropsychology Network, and the National Endowment for the Arts Research Lab at UCLA.  He also serves as Co-PI of an NIMH study examining the neural correlates of “positive valence systems” using fMRI and online behavioral assessments.  Dr. Bilder is Chief of the Division of Psychology within the Department of Psychiatry & Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine, which currently involves approximately 160 psychology faculty and staff, and approximately 100 trainees at the doctoral and postdoctoral levels.


Dr. Bilder received a bachelors degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in Biology and Psychology (1978), and a Ph.D. in Psychology from City College, City University of New York, where he specialized in human neuropsychology (1984). He did his Internship in the Division of Neuropsychology, New York State Neurological Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1982). Before joining UCLA in 2002, Dr. Bilder held a series of faculty appointments at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He served as Chief of Neuropsychology at Zucker Hillside Hospital of North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center from 1988 to 2002, and was Associate Director for Human Research at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Bilder has been awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Bilder is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has been actively engaged for over 35 years in research on the neuroanatomic and neuropsychological bases of major mental illnesses. He has received many awards for his research contributions, served on diverse federal and international advisory boards, provided editorial service to many scholarly journals, and received multiple grants from the NIH, private foundations, and industry. His work has been presented in more than 200 peer-reviewed publications and 400 scientific presentations.

Representative Publications:

National Neuropsychology Network