Paul Borghesani, MD, PhD

Personal Statement

I am an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of Washington School of Medicine (UWSOM). As a past recipient of a Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP) award, I completed his MD-PhD in the Harvard/MIT Program of Health Sciences and Technology with his thesis work in development neurobiology. After completing residency training at UWSOM, I was awarded a KL2 career development grant and went on to publish in the field of structural and functional neuroimaging with an emphasis on neural changes with aging. I am board certified and currently work as a staff psychiatrist at Harborview Medical Center (HMC) where I am the Medical Director for the Psychiatric Emergency Services (PES). I am also the Director of Psychiatry Clerkships at the UWSOM, coordinating clinical education in psychiatry cross the 5 state WWAMI region (WA, WY, AL, MT and ID). In this capacity, I routinely lectures to primary care providers and residents on suicidality, psychosis, psychopharmacology and drug abuse.


Geriatric Research, VA Puget Sound, 2005-2007
Psychiatry, University of Washington, 2001-2005
MD, Harvard Medical School, 1992-2001
PhD, Neurobiology , Harvard University, 1994-1999
BS, Cognitive Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1989-1992

Department Affiliations

Recent Publications

Elements of an Excellent Psychiatry Clerkship Experience: A Survey Study of Graduating Medical Students.
(2021 Apr)
Acad Psychiatry 45(2): 174-179
Russo RA, Griffeth BT, Combs H, Dinsell V, Palka JM, Morreale MK, Borghesani PR, Harper BL, Hilty DM, Fore-Arcand L

Lethal Means Assessment in Psychiatric Emergency Services: Frequency and Characteristics of Assessment.
(2022 Jan-Mar)
Arch Suicide Res 26(1): 112-126
Massey AE, Borghesani P, Stuber J, Ratzliff A, Rivara FP, Rowhani-Rahbar A

Network Optimization of Functional Connectivity Within Default Mode Network Regions to Detect Cognitive Decline.
(2017 Jul)
IEEE Trans Neural Syst Rehabil Eng 25(7): 1079-1089
Chaovalitwongse WA, Won D, Seref O, Borghesani P, Askren MK, Willis S, Grabowski TJ

Electroconvulsive therapy for catatonia in an 18-year-old patient presenting with mixed features of schizophrenia and obsessive-compulsive disorder.
(2014 Sep)
J Child Adolesc Psychopharmacol 24(7): 411-3
Haack SA, Borghesani PR, Green AJ, Neumaier JF, Shyn SI

The association between higher order abilities, processing speed, and age are variably mediated by white matter integrity during typical aging.
(2013 Jul)
Neuropsychologia 51(8): 1435-44
Borghesani PR, Madhyastha TM, Aylward EH, Reiter MA, Swarny BR, Schaie KW, Willis SL

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