After graduating from Cornell University in 1987 and receiving her MD from the Yale University School of Medicine in1991, Dr. Richard completed neurology residency at the University of Rochester in 1995, followed by the NIH-funded fellowship training in Movement Disorders and Experimental Therapeutics in 1997. She joined the faculty of the University of Rochester in 1997 where she is currently an Associate Professor of Neurology and Psychiatry.
Dr. Richard provides neurological care for patients with PD and her research program focuses on the psychiatric aspects of the illness. She is the author of numerous scientific articles, editorials and book chapters and has been the recipient of career development awards and research grants, including one from NIH to lead a multi-center clinical trial evaluating the treatment of depression in PD. Dr. Richard serves as a reviewer for scientific journals and is a member of the NIH Adult Psychopathology and Disorders of Aging Study Section. She has given lectures and chaired workshops and symposia at national meetings including the American Academy of Neurology and The World Parkinson Congress. Dr. Richard’s efforts have brought new clinical and research attention to the previously overlooked area of mood disturbances in PD.