Dr. Saunders is Board Certified in Adult Psychiatry and Psychosomatic Medicine, with special expertise and interest in co-occurring medical and psychiatric illness. He has over 15 years’ experience treating patients with mood disorders, including depression, anxiety.
Upon reading the eminent psychiatrist Dr. C.G. Jung’s autobiography, Dr. Saunders became fascinated by the vast potential of the mind and the ways in which talk therapy and medical treatments can expand our understanding of human behavior and improve our quality of life. He was inspired to pursue a medical career where his teaching, advocacy, and research informed his work with individual patients and in turn helped contribute to the body of research.
Dr. Saunders is a caring practitioner who believes that treatment should be grounded in a trusting patient-clinician relationship, and that therapies should be evidence-based and neuroscientifically informed. In addition to providing medication management, his long-standing interest in brain electrical activity led him to pursue therapeutic interventions in the field of clinical brain stimulation, including TMS, which can be an extremely useful tool for the betterment of patients’ health.
Dr. Saunders earned his medical degree from the University of the West Indies in 1998. He completed his psychiatry residency training at the State University of New York Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, where he served as Chief Resident and earned a two-year merit-based fellowship to a committee in the Group for the Advancement of Psychiatry (GAP).
After graduation, Dr, Saunders continued at Downstate as Assistant Clinical Professor, with roles in clinical care, research, and education including directing courses in psychopathology and neuroscience. From 2013-2016, he served as the Center’s Director of Medical Student Education in Psychiatry.
Dr. Saunders has been involved for over a decade in brain electrophysiology research, with a focus on alcoholism, as well as clinical and psychopharmacology research projects. He has published in these fields, as well as in his clinical specialty of Psychosomatic Medicine. He has presented at conferences and at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meetings on topics including moral and ethical considerations in the field, social and cultural competence issues, and most recently on the relevance of “precision medicine” to psychiatry.
Dr. Saunders joined TMS Health Solutions in 2016, after completing the Brains Stimulation Intevist Course (2015) training at the Medical School of South Carolina under Dr. Mark George. Currently, he chairs GAP’s Committee for Critical Thinking in Psychiatry, continues brain electrophysiology research in alcoholic patients at SUNY Downstate, and serves as Volunteer Assistant Clinical Professor at the UCSF School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.
Dextromethorphan/quinidine for pseudobulbar affect associated with subarachnoid hemorrhage
Campbell K, Viswanathan R, Saunders R. (2014) Future Neurology, Vol. 9, No. 3, 295-300. DOI 10.2217/fnl.14.27
Kamarajan, C., Rangaswamy, M., Tang, Y., Chorlian, D.B., Pandey, A.K., Roopesh, B.N., Manz, N., Saunders, R., Stimus, A.T., and Porjesz, B. (2010). Dysfunctional reward processing in male alcoholics: An ERP study during a gambling task. Journal of Psychiatric Research 44:576-590. PMCID: PMC2878886.
Kamarajan C, Porjesz B, Rangaswamy M, Tang Y, Chorlian B, Padmanabhapillai A, Saunders R, Pandey A, Nagaraj R, Manz N, Stimus A, Begleiter H. Brain signatures of monetary loss and gain: Outcome-related potentials in a single outcome gambling task. Behavioural Brain Research 197 (2009) 62–76
Saunders R, (2009). Update: Antipsychotic Medication Warnings in Persons with Dementia. Brooklyn Alzheimer’s Disease Assistance Center of SUNY Downstate Medical Center, Newsletter. Issue 18. 3-4.