David W Volk, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Details

3811 O'Hara St.

Education & Training

University of Pittsburgh, School of Medicine Medicine
University of Pittsburgh, Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences Neuroscience
Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic of UPMCPsychiatry

Research Interests

Microglial activation in schizophrenia; Cortical circuitry dysfunction in schizophrenia; Animal models; pathophysiology of schizophrenia
Selected Research Publications & Products
  1. Volk DW. Role of microglia disturbances and immune-related marker abnormalities in cortical circuitry dysfunction in schizophrenia. Neurobiology of Disease,99:58-65, 2017(11): 1112-1121, 2015
  2. Volk DW, Huang Y, Edelson JR, Sampson AR, & Lewis DA. Cortical GABA markers identify a molecular subtype of psychotic and bipolar disorders. Psychological Medicine, 46(12):2501-2512, 2016.
  3. Volk DW, Edelson JR, & Lewis DA. Altered expression of developmental regulators of parvalbumin and somatostatin neurons in the prefrontal cortex in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research, 177(1-3):3-9, 2016
  4. Volk DW, Chitrapu A, Edelson JR, Roman KM, Morocco AE, & Lewis DA. Molecular mechanisms and timing of cortical immune activation in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 172(11): 1112-1121, 2015
  5. Volk DW, Matsubara T, Li S, Sengupta EJ, Georgiev D, Minabe Y, Sampson A, Hashimoto T, & Lewis DA. Deficits in transcriptional regulators of cortical parvalbumin neurons in schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry, 169(10):1082-1091, 2012

Clinical Interests

Emergency psychiatric services

Education Interests

Research training for residents; Research mentorship; Resident mentorship