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Rose Mary Xavier is a translational-clinical researcher, a seasoned psychiatric nurse practitioner, and an interdisciplinary scholar with combined expertise in advanced practice nursing, psychiatric genetics, and neuropsychiatry. With the primary goal of improving care for individuals with severe mental illnesses, she leads an interdisciplinary team conducting research focused on applying biological insights for early detection and prediction of poor outcomes in individuals with psychosis and schizophrenia. A second but equally important focus is in research methodology and data analysis guided by the philosophy and principles of open science. Dr. Xavier’s work has led to the development and application of cutting edge, innovative methods in neuropsychiatric symptom science research and has guided development of updated clinical recommendations.

Dr. Xavier received her BSN from Kerala University (India), MS Nursing from Arizona State University, PhD in Nursing (with an emphasis on psychiatric genetics) and a Doctoral Certificate in Cognitive Neuroscience from Duke University. She completed her Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Neuropsychiatry from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.


Rose Mary Xavier


Assistant Professor and Director of Biobehavioral Lab

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

North Carolina

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