Robert M. Bilder, Ph.D.


Director, Tennenbaum Center for the Biology of Creativity

Professor, Psychology

Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Professor In-Residence, Clinical Psychology

Member, Internal Advisory Board

Brain Research Institute


Center for Addictive Behaviors

Genetics & Genomics GPB Home Area

Neuroscience GPB Home Area

Awards and Honors:

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center, New York Neurological Institute, New York

Contact Information

Fax Number: (310) 825-2850
Work Phone Number: (310) 825-9474

Mailing Address:

760 Westwood Plaza
Mail Code 175919
Los Angeles, CA 90095


Dr. Bilder received a bachelors degree from Columbia College of Columbia University in Biology and Psychology (1978), and a Ph.D. in Psychology from City College, City University of New York, where he specialized in human neuropsychology (1984). He did his Internship in the Division of Neuropsychology, New York State Neurological Institute, Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center (1982). Before joining UCLA in 2002, Dr. Bilder held a series of faculty appointments at Columbia University College of Physicians & Surgeons and the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. He served as Chief of Neuropsychology at Zucker Hillside Hospital of North Shore Long Island Jewish Medical Center from 1988 to 2002, and was Associate Director for Human Research at the Center for Advanced Brain Imaging at the Nathan Kline Institute for Psychiatric Research from 1996 to 2002. Dr. Bilder has been awarded diplomate status by the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Dr. Bilder is a Clinical Neuropsychologist who has been actively engaged for over 30 years in research on the neuroanatomic and neuropsychological bases of major mental illnesses, and recently has been investigating the neuroscientific bases of well-being, resilience, and creative achievement. He has received many awards for his research contributions, served on diverse federal and international advisory boards, provided editorial service to many scholarly journals, and received multiple grants from the NIH, private foundations, and industry. His work has been presented in more than 200 publications and 500 scientific presentations.