Chris Reist is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the University of California, Irvine. He also serves as Assistant Dean in the School of Medicine and the Director of Medical Research for the Long Beach Veterans Affairs Healthcare System.
Dr. Reist received his undergraduate degree in chemistry and biology at Eastern Mennonite University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. Following medical training at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, he completed his psychiatry residency at the University of California, Irvine. He also earned a certificate in molecular biology from Smith College-New England Biolabs and an MBA from the Anderson School of Management at the University of California in Los Angeles.
Dr. Reist’s clinical interests include schizophrenia, impulsivity, PTSD, pharmacogenomics, and psychopharmacology. The National Alliance for Research on Schizophrenia and Depression, the National Institute on Mental Health, and VA Medical Research have supported his research. He has served as principal investigator on many clinical trials in areas including schizophrenia, PTSD, bipolar disorder, and impulsivity.
He is a member of professional societies, including the American Psychiatric Association, Psychiatric Research Society, Pacific Rim Association for Clinical Pharmacogenetics, and the Society of Biological Psychiatry. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Psychiatric Association and has been recognized as an Exemplary Psychiatrist by the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill and was listed in “Best Doctors” for 2008, 2009, and 2010. His scientific work has been published in a variety of journals, including Molecular Psychiatry, Biological Psychiatry, Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, American Journal of Psychiatry, and Neuropsychiatric Genetics. Lastly, he has extensive experience in psychiatric education that include CME conferences (MIRECC), developing Web content, PDA applications (ePocrates, iPhone) and publishing pocket books that provide information on psychiatric disorders and treatment.