Faith Dickerson, PhD, MPH

Director of Psychology, Research, and Education


  • Schizophrenia
  • Psychotic Disorders
  • Severe Mental Illness

Dr. Faith Dickerson is a clinical psychologist with public health research training who leads initiatives on schizophrenia and bipolar disorder.

Dr. Dickerson’s work focuses on the role of infectious, immune, and microbiome factors in serious mental illness. She also directs clinical and research programs focused on the physical health of individuals with serious mental illness and interventions to reduce premature mortality such as smoking cessation. At Sheppard Pratt, Dr. Dickerson also serves as the Director of Psychology. She is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine and an associate professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. The research has been funded by the Stanley Medical research Institute, NARSAD, and the NIH. She has more than 200 research publications and makes presentations at national and international meetings about her research studies. Most recently, she was awarded best paper of the year (2018) from the International Society for Bipolar Disorders.

In her Sheppard Pratt research program, which was initiated in 1999, more than 2,000 persons have been enrolled and more than 10 clinical trials have been completed. She collaborates closely with other research groups, including the Johns Hopkins Stanley Neurovirology Program, and with other groups in the United States and Europe.