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The Complex Relationship Between How We Process Internal Signals and Our Mental Health

Psychiatry Grand Rounds, April 5, 2023

Huntsman Mental Health Institute (HMHI) welcomes Sahib S. Khalsa, MD, PhD, as our Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds speaker on April 5, 2023. His presentation is titled "Interoception and mental health: embracing complexity in the search for personalized therapeutic interventions."

Dr. Sahib Khalsa is a psychiatrist and neuroscientist studying the role of interoception in mental health. In 2020, he became the Director of Clinical Operations at the Laureate Institute for Brain Research and an Associate Professor (with tenure) of Community Medicine in the Oxley College of Health Sciences at the University of Tulsa.

Sahib S. Khalsa, MD, PhD

About Sahib S. Khalsa, MD, PhD

Dr. Khalsa’s research investigates the role of interoception in mental health and physical health, with a focus on understanding how changes in internal physiological states influence body perception and the functioning of the human nervous system. His studies utilize a variety of approaches to probe cardiovascular, respiratory, and gastrointestinal interoception including via pharmacological and non-pharmacological techniques, functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), electroencephalography (EEG), and computational modeling.

Dr. Khalsa’s clinical expertise focuses on the assessment and treatment of anxiety disorders. As founding Director of the Healthy Hearts Behavioral Medicine Program, an interdisciplinary endeavor started with the UCLA Cardiac Arrhythmia Center, he specializes in treating anxiety and mood disorders in individuals with cardiovascular disease and who have received ICDs. Current activities include conducting case conferences with the Laureate Psychiatric Hospital and Clinic, running psychoeducation groups with inpatients from the Laureate Eating Disorders Program, supervising diagnostic assessments of participants enrolling in clinical trials, providing safety monitoring for ongoing randomized clinical trials, and co-facilitating psychiatry resident journal clubs.

He has published over 100 peer-reviewed papers and has received research funding from the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), National Institute for General Medical Sciences (NIGMS), National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), the NIH/National Center for Advancing Translational Science (NCATS), the Mind and Life Foundation, and the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation. His research is currently funded by the NIMH, NCCIH, and The William K. Warren Foundation.

Dr. Khalsa received a bachelor’s degree in psychology with honors from SUNY Stony Brook in 2002. He graduated from the Medical Scientist Training Program at the University of Iowa, receiving M.D. and Ph.D. (neuroscience) degrees in 2009. He completed his residency training in Psychiatry at UCLA in 2013, serving as the program Chief Resident and Chief Resident in the UCLA Anxiety Disorders Clinic. He subsequently joined the department as an Assistant Professor in Residence in the Division of Adult Psychiatry at UCLA.

Event Details

Watch Dr. Khalsa’s presentation in person in the C.H. Hardin Branch Auditorium at Huntsman Mental Health Institute (501 Chipeta Way, Salt Lake City, UT 84108). Or virtually via Zoom on Wednesday, April 5, 2023, at Noon, MST.

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About Psychiatry Grand Rounds

The Department of Psychiatry Grand Rounds series presents local and nationally renowned clinicians, researchers, and educators. Grand Rounds occur on the first and third Wednesday of each month. Lectures are presented in-person, virtually, or both - presentation availability is noted in the schedule online. Presentations recordings are made available at the discretion of the presenters.