Joseph Pierre, MD

Title(s)Professor, Psychiatry
SchoolSchool of Medicine
Address1600 Divisadero, #B708
San Francisco CA 94115
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    MIT, Cambridge, MASB06/1992Biology/psychology
    UCLA School of Medicine, Los Angeles, CAMD06/1996Medicine
    UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute, Los Angeles, CAResidency06/2000Psychiatry

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    Dr. Pierre is a Health Sciences Clinical Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at UCSF and the Unit Chief of the Langley Porter Psychiatric Hospital Adult Inpatient Unit. He has extensive clinical experience working with individuals with psychotic disorders, substance abuse, and those with “dual diagnosis” as well as research experience participating as a primary investigator and collaborator for clinical trials in schizophrenia and early intervention for young persons at high risk for psychosis.

    Dr. Pierre has authored over 100 papers, abstracts, and book chapters related to schizophrenia, antipsychotic medications, substance-induced psychosis, delusions and delusion-like beliefs, auditory hallucinations and voice-hearing, and a variety of other topics including the neuroscience of free will and culturally sanctioned suicide. He is also the author of the Psych Unseen blog at Psychology Today and serves as an expert witness consultant in forensic/legal cases involving schizophrenia, the intersection of psychosis and religion, and delusion-like beliefs and conspiracy theories.

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    1. Conspiracies gone wild: A psychiatric perspective on conspiracy theory belief, mental illness, and the potential for lone actor violence. Terrorism and Political Violence. 2024. Pierre JM. View Publication.
    2. Conspiracy theory belief: A sane response to an insane world?. Review of Philosophy and Psychology. 2023. Pierre JM. View Publication.
    3. Antipsychotic discontinuation and recovery: chicken or egg? Psychol Med. 2023 02; 53(3):1134-1135. Pierre JM, Zito MF, Yang YS, Marder SR. PMID: 37132647.
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    4. Diagnostic uncertainty, antipsychotic dosing, and optimal psychosocial interventions: Unanswered questions in first-episode psychosis. Schizophr Res. 2021 02; 228:600-601. Pierre JM. PMID: 33257137.
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    5. Forensic Psychiatry versus the Varieties of Delusion-Like Belief. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2020 09; 48(3):327-334. Pierre JM. PMID: 32527785.
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    6. Mistrust and Misinformation: A Two-Component, Socio-Epistemic Model of Belief in Conspiracy Theories. Journal of Social and Political Psychology. 2020; 2(8):617-641. Pierre JM.
    7. Assessing Malingered Auditory Verbal Hallucinations in Forensic and Clinical Settings. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2019 Dec; 47(4):448-456. Pierre JM. PMID: 31519734.
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    8. Integrating Non-Psychiatric Models of Delusion-Like Beliefs into Forensic Psychiatric Assessment. J Am Acad Psychiatry Law. 2019 Jun; 47(2):171-179. Pierre JM. PMID: 30988022.
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    9. The psychology of guns: risk, fear, and motivated reasoning. Nature: Palgrave Communications. 2019; (5):159. Pierre JM. View Publication.
    10. Tattoos as a window to the psyche: How talking about skin art can inform psychiatric practice. World J Psychiatry. 2017 Sep 22; 7(3):148-158. Roggenkamp H, Nicholls A, Pierre JM. PMID: 29043152; PMCID: PMC5632599.
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    11. Therapeutic Lifestyle Changes: Impact on Weight, Quality of Life, and Psychiatric Symptoms in Veterans With Mental Illness. Mil Med. 2017 09; 182(9):e1738-e1744. Tessier JM, Erickson ZD, Meyer HB, Baker MR, Gelberg HA, Arnold IY, Kwan C, Chamberlin V, Rosen JA, Shah C, Hellemann G, Lewis MM, Nguyen C, Sachinvala N, Amrami B, Pierre JM, Ames D. PMID: 28885930.
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    12. A Randomized, Controlled Multisite Study of Behavioral Interventions for Veterans with Mental Illness and Antipsychotic Medication-Associated Obesity. J Gen Intern Med. 2017 Apr; 32(Suppl 1):32-39. Erickson ZD, Kwan CL, Gelberg HA, Arnold IY, Chamberlin V, Rosen JA, Shah C, Nguyen CT, Hellemann G, Aragaki DR, Kunkel CF, Lewis MM, Sachinvala N, Sonza PA, Pierre JM, Ames D. PMID: 28271424; PMCID: PMC5359155.
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    13. Underrepresented in Medicine Recruitment: Rationale, Challenges, and Strategies for Increasing Diversity in Psychiatry Residency Programs. Acad Psychiatry. 2017 04; 41(2):226-232. Pierre JM, Mahr F, Carter A, Madaan V. PMID: 27052504.
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    14. Detecting and Managing Adverse Effects of Antipsychotic Medications: Current State of Play. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2016 06; 39(2):275-311. Ames D, Carr-Lopez SM, Gutierrez MA, Pierre JM, Rosen JA, Shakib S, Yudofsky LM. PMID: 27216904.
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    15. Cannabis-induced psychosis associated with high potency "wax dabs". Schizophr Res. 2016 Apr; 172(1-3):211-2. Pierre JM, Gandal M, Son M. PMID: 26876313.
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    16. Behavioral interventions for antipsychotic medication-associated obesity: a randomized, controlled clinical trial. J Clin Psychiatry. 2016 Feb; 77(2):e183-9. Erickson ZD, Mena SJ, Pierre JM, Blum LH, Martin E, Hellemann GS, Aragaki DR, Firestone L, Lee C, Lee P, Kunkel CF, Ames D. PMID: 26930534.
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    17. Culturally sanctioned suicide: Euthanasia, seppuku, and terrorist martyrdom. World J Psychiatry. 2015 Mar 22; 5(1):4-14. Pierre JM. PMID: 25815251; PMCID: PMC4369548.
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    18. Suicide, swords, and cultural sanctioning. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2014 Dec; 35(4):284. Pierre JM. PMID: 25361061.
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    19. Nutritional counseling for adults with severe mental illness: key lessons learned. J Acad Nutr Diet. 2014 Mar; 114(3):369-374. Kwan CL, Gelberg HAL, Rosen JA, Chamberlin V, Shah C, Nguyen C, Pierre JM, Erickson ZD, Mena SJ, King M, Arnold I, Baker MR, Meyer HB, Ames D. PMID: 24534370.
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    20. The neuroscience of free will: implications for psychiatry. Psychol Med. 2014 Sep; 44(12):2465-74. Pierre JM. PMID: 24330830.
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    21. The six most essential questions in psychiatric diagnosis: a pluralogue. Part 4: general conclusion. Philos Ethics Humanit Med. 2012 Dec 18; 7:14. Phillips J, Frances A, Cerullo MA, Chardavoyne J, Decker HS, First MB, Ghaemi N, Greenberg G, Hinderliter AC, Kinghorn WA, LoBello SG, Martin EB, Mishara AL, Paris J, Pierre JM, Pies RW, Pincus HA, Porter D, Pouncey C, Schwartz MA, Szasz T, Wakefield JC, Waterman GS, Whooley O, Zachar P. PMID: 23249629; PMCID: PMC3563521.
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    22. Mental illness and mental health: is the glass half empty or half full? Can J Psychiatry. 2012 Nov; 57(11):651-8. Pierre JM. PMID: 23149280.
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    23. The six most essential questions in psychiatric diagnosis: a pluralogue part 2: Issues of conservatism and pragmatism in psychiatric diagnosis. Philos Ethics Humanit Med. 2012 Jul 05; 7:8. Phillips J, Frances A, Cerullo MA, Chardavoyne J, Decker HS, First MB, Ghaemi N, Greenberg G, Hinderliter AC, Kinghorn WA, LoBello SG, Martin EB, Mishara AL, Paris J, Pierre JM, Pies RW, Pincus HA, Porter D, Pouncey C, Schwartz MA, Szasz T, Wakefield JC, Waterman GS, Whooley O, Zachar P. PMID: 22512887; PMCID: PMC3390269.
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    24. The six most essential questions in psychiatric diagnosis: a pluralogue part 3: issues of utility and alternative approaches in psychiatric diagnosis. Philos Ethics Humanit Med. 2012 May 23; 7:9. Phillips J, Frances A, Cerullo MA, Chardavoyne J, Decker HS, First MB, Ghaemi N, Greenberg G, Hinderliter AC, Kinghorn WA, LoBello SG, Martin EB, Mishara AL, Paris J, Pierre JM, Pies RW, Pincus HA, Porter D, Pouncey C, Schwartz MA, Szasz T, Wakefield JC, Waterman GS, Whooley O, Zachar P. PMID: 22621419; PMCID: PMC3403926.
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    25. The six most essential questions in psychiatric diagnosis: a pluralogue part 1: conceptual and definitional issues in psychiatric diagnosis. Philos Ethics Humanit Med. 2012 Jan 13; 7:3. Phillips J, Frances A, Cerullo MA, Chardavoyne J, Decker HS, First MB, Ghaemi N, Greenberg G, Hinderliter AC, Kinghorn WA, LoBello SG, Martin EB, Mishara AL, Paris J, Pierre JM, Pies RW, Pincus HA, Porter D, Pouncey C, Schwartz MA, Szasz T, Wakefield JC, Waterman GS, Whooley O, Zachar P. PMID: 22243994; PMCID: PMC3305603.
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    26. Acute psychotic sequelae of "bath salts". Schizophr Res. 2011 Dec; 133(1-3):259-60. Striebel JM, Pierre JM. PMID: 21940149.
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    27. Psychosis, ivermectin toxicity, and "Morgellons disease". Psychosomatics. 2011 May-Jun; 52(3):295-6. DeBonis K, Pierre JM. PMID: 21565604.
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    28. The borders of mental disorder in psychiatry and the DSM: past, present, and future. J Psychiatr Pract. 2010 Nov; 16(6):375-86. Pierre JM. PMID: 21107142.
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    29. Nonantipsychotic therapy for monosymptomatic auditory hallucinations. Biol Psychiatry. 2010 Oct 01; 68(7):e33-4. Pierre JM. PMID: 20537613.
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    30. Psychosis associated with medical marijuana: risk vs. benefits of medicinal cannabis use. Am J Psychiatry. 2010 May; 167(5):598-9. Pierre JM. PMID: 20439399.
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    31. Hallucinations in nonpsychotic disorders: toward a differential diagnosis of "hearing voices". Harv Rev Psychiatry. 2010 Jan-Feb; 18(1):22-35. Pierre JM. PMID: 20047459.
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    32. Naming names: auditory hallucinations, inner speech, and source monitoring. Psychol Med. 2009 Sep; 39(9):1578-9; author reply 1579-80. Pierre JM. PMID: 19531278.
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    33. Self-limited erythema multiforme with risperidone. Gen Hosp Psychiatry. 2009 May-Jun; 31(3):295-6. Burke GV, Wong DA, Saunders CS, Pierre JM. PMID: 19410111.
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    34. Hepatitis B and C among veterans on a psychiatric ward. Dig Dis Sci. 2008 Jun; 53(6):1693-8. Tabibian JH, Wirshing DA, Pierre JM, Guzik LH, Kisicki MD, Danovitch I, Mena SJ, Wirshing WC. PMID: 17932751.
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    35. Psychotic episode associated with Bikram yoga. Am J Psychiatry. 2007 Nov; 164(11):1761. Lu JS, Pierre JM. PMID: 17974947.
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    36. A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of modafinil for negative symptoms in schizophrenia. J Clin Psychiatry. 2007 May; 68(5):705-10. Pierre JM, Peloian JH, Wirshing DA, Wirshing WC, Marder SR. PMID: 17503979.
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    37. Lack of insight in schizophrenia: impact on treatment adherence. CNS Drugs. 2007; 21(2):129-41. Buckley PF, Wirshing DA, Bhushan P, Pierre JM, Resnick SA, Wirshing WC. PMID: 17284095.
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    38. Community re-entry program training module for schizophrenic inpatients improves treatment outcomes. Schizophr Res. 2006 Oct; 87(1-3):338-9. Wirshing DA, Pierre JM, Wirshing WC, Guzik LH, Resnick SA, Goldstein D, Zorick TS. PMID: 16844344.
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    39. Prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in veterans with schizophrenia. J Psychiatr Pract. 2006 Jan; 12(1):5-10. Meyer J, Loh C, Leckband SG, Boyd JA, Wirshing WC, Pierre JM, Wirshing D. PMID: 16432440.
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    40. High-dose quetiapine in treatment refractory schizophrenia. Schizophr Res. 2005 Mar 01; 73(2-3):373-5. Pierre JM, Wirshing DA, Wirshing WC, Rivard JM, Marks R, Mendenhall J, Sheppard K, Saunders DG. PMID: 15653285.
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    41. Extrapyramidal symptoms with atypical antipsychotics : incidence, prevention and management. Drug Saf. 2005; 28(3):191-208. Pierre JM. PMID: 15733025.
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    42. Intranasal quetiapine abuse. Am J Psychiatry. 2004 Sep; 161(9):1718. Pierre JM, Shnayder I, Wirshing DA, Wirshing WC. PMID: 15337673.
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    43. Understanding the new and evolving profile of adverse drug effects in schizophrenia. Psychiatr Clin North Am. 2003 Mar; 26(1):165-90. Wirshing DA, Pierre JM, Erhart SM, Boyd JA. PMID: 12683265.
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    44. "Iatrogenic Malingering" in VA substance abuse treatment. Psychiatr Serv. 2003 Feb; 54(2):253-4. Pierre JM, Wirshing DA, Wirshing WC. PMID: 12556612.
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    45. Sexual side effects of novel antipsychotic medications. Schizophr Res. 2002 Jul 01; 56(1-2):25-30. Wirshing DA, Pierre JM, Marder SR, Saunders CS, Wirshing WC. PMID: 12084416.
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    46. Sleep apnea associated with antipsychotic-induced obesity. J Clin Psychiatry. 2002 Apr; 63(4):369-70. Wirshing DA, Pierre JM, Wirshing WC. PMID: 12000215.
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    47. Delusions associated with quetiapine-related weight redistribution. J Clin Psychiatry. 2002 Mar; 63(3):247-8. Wirshing DA, Boyd JA, Pierre JM, Saunders CS, Wirshing WC, Azizian K, Patel KR, Ashcraft JC, Darmandjian H, Feusner J. PMID: 11926726.
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    48. Possible association of QTc interval prolongation with co-administration of quetiapine and lovastatin. Biol Psychiatry. 2002 Feb 01; 51(3):264-5. Furst BA, Champion KM, Pierre JM, Wirshing DA, Wirshing WC. PMID: 11839370.
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    49. Risperidone-associated new-onset diabetes. Biol Psychiatry. 2001 Jul 15; 50(2):148-9. Wirshing DA, Pierre JM, Eyeler J, Weinbach J, Wirshing WC. PMID: 11526997.
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    50. Faith or delusion? At the crossroads of religion and psychosis. J Psychiatr Pract. 2001 May; 7(3):163-72. Pierre JM. PMID: 15990520.
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    51. Bupropion-tranylcypromine combination for treatment-refractory depression. J Clin Psychiatry. 2000 Jun; 61(6):450-1. Pierre JM, Gitlin MJ. PMID: 10901349.
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    52. Benztropine for venlafaxine-induced night sweats. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 2000 Apr; 20(2):269. Pierre JM, Guze BH. PMID: 10770471.
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    53. Tardive dyskinesia and serum iron indices. Biol Psychiatry. 1998 Sep 15; 44(6):493-8. Wirshing DA, Bartzokis G, Pierre JM, Wirshing WC, Sun A, Tishler TA, Marder SR. PMID: 9777182.
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    54. Hepatic encephalopathy associated with combined clozapine and divalproex sodium treatment. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 1997 Apr; 17(2):120-1. Wirshing WC, Ames D, Bisheff S, Pierre JM, Mendoza A, Sun A. PMID: 10950478.
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    55. Sertraline and akathisia. J Clin Psychopharmacol. 1994 Aug; 14(4):278-9. Altshuler LL, Pierre JM, Wirshing WC, Ames D. PMID: 7962686.
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