Prechter Program Tso

Ivy F. Tso, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychiatry
Adjunct Associate Professor in Psychology, University of Michigan


Dr. Tso received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan in 2012 and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at U-M Department of Psychiatry in 2013. She joined the faculty of University of Michigan in 2013. Her general research interests fall in the area of psychopathology and affective neuroscience.

In collaboration with Drs. Stephan Taylor, Melvin McInnis, Patricia Deldin and many others, Dr. Tso’s research program focuses on how the brain processes social information (e.g., faces, eye gaze direction, emotion, reward) and its relation with basic perception and social functioning in the schizophrenia-bipolar psychosis spectrum. She uses multiple research methods in her studies, including self-report, behavioral, psychophysics, and neuroimaging (EEG/ERP, fMRI) measures.

The overarching goal of Dr. Tso’s work is to identify behavioral, socio-emotional, and neurobiological markers of schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, in order to develop novel cognitive training and brain stimulation interventions to improve outcome. Dr. Tso is a core faculty of the Program for Risk Evaluation and Prevention (PREP), providing consultation, education, and treatment services to youth with early signs of psychosis and serious mental illnesses. She is actively involved in the clinical care as well as training and supervision of practicum students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical staff.