Josh Woolley, MD, PhD

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Josh Woolley


MD & PhD, University of California, San Francisco

Academic appointment

Associate Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, University of California, San Francisco (UCSF)


Dr. Woolley is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) as well as a staff psychiatrist in Mental Health at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC). Dr. Woolley received his bachelor’s degree from Brown University with a double major in Biology and Philosophy. He received both his MD and his PhD in Neuroscience from UCSF. Dr. Woolley is currently the principal investigator and director of UCSF’s Bonding and Attunement in Neuropsychiatric Disorders (BAND) Laboratory. The lab’s mission is to understand mechanisms of social connection among individuals with mental illness and to test novel treatments for these deficits. Dr. Woolley guides BAND researchers to conduct studies pairing administration of oxytocin, 3,4-methylenedioxy-methamphetamine (MDMA), and psilocybin with various psychotherapy interventions toward the goal of developing novel interventions that help patients with mental illness connect meaningfully to others.

Dr. Woolley has been given several awards for his dedication to teaching and is an enthusiastic mentor to the next generation of clinicians and scientists.

What I do when I'm not working

To recharge, I like to tend to my small city-based vegetable and herb garden and play at the beach with my family. My cats, Tea and Toast, also help keep me getting too serious.


+1 415-221-4810x2-4117

Social media/website

Twitter: @thebandlab


The BAND Lab
401 Parnassus Ave, Langley Porter Institute
San Francisco, CA 94143