9239-Francis, Michael

Michael M. Francis, MD

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry

GH 2800
Indianapolis, IN


Thus far my career has been divided between the clinical care of individuals with all stages of psychotic illness, the development of novel therapeutics for psychotic spectrum disorders, and the education of psychiatry residents and medical students.  

I am currently an investigator on a variety of clinical trials investigating the pathophysiology and treatment of schizophrenia, with a focus on identifying the neural substrates of cognitive dysfunction.  I have also developed an interest in examining inflammation as a key driver of psychosis development as well as the application of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for the treatment of schizophrenia.  I enjoy my role as co-associate training director for our general psychiatry residency as well as my focus on neuroscience education as part of our residency training experience.

Titles & Appointments

  • Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
  • Education
    2013 RES Indiana University School of Medicine
    2009 MD Drexel University
    2002 BS Indiana University
  • Research

    My interests include investigating the etiology schizophrenia through the use of multi-modal neuroimaging, central and peripheral markers of inflammation, and genetics. Additionally, as part of the Indiana University Psychotic Disorders Program (IUPDP) I focus on the testing and development of novel theraputics for schizophrenia, with an emphasis on repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) and inflammatory modulating agents.

  • Professional Organizations
    American Psychiatric Association
    Indiana Psychiatric Society
    Indiana State Medical Association
  • Board Certifications
    American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology - Psychiatry*
  • Clinical Interests

    My clinical interests include the care of individuals with early and prolonged durations of psychosis.  I am an attending physician at the Prevention and Recovery Center for Early Psychosis (PARC), a part of the Midtown Community Mental Health Center.

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