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Maria Ferrara, MD

Assistant Professor Adjunct of Psychiatry


Dr. Ferrara's clinical and research interests are focused on improving the care of individuals with psychotic disorders. As staff psychiatrist for the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Modena, she led the development of an assertive outreach based coordinated service for first episode psychosis in the province of Modena. She helped create implementation protocols, organized educational activities for area mental health professionals and primary care physicians, as well as public awareness events targeting youth, families and community members. She has, since 2012, served as the principal psychiatrist for new onset psychosis services at a community mental health center. In 2017, Dr. Ferrara has joined the research team at the STEP Program where she will help coordinate the implementation and analysis of the NIH-funded STEP-ED project that includes a campaign (MindMap) to reduce the duration of untreated psychosis in a 10 town region surrounding the STEP clinic. Dr. Ferrara’s other research interests include HIV Psychiatry, metabolic side effects of antipsychotic medications, physical health monitoring in severe mental illness, and biomarkers for treatment response in psychosis.

Education & Training

  • Resident
    Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy (2012)
  • Visiting Scholar
    HIV Neurobehavioral Research Program (HNRP), UCSD, San Diego, CA (2012)
  • MD
    Università degli Studi di Modena e Reggio Emilia, Italy (2007)

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Travel AwardSchizophrenia International Research Society2018
Best Research Dissertation ThesisIGEA, Carpi, Modena (Italy)2008

Departments & Organizations