Cynthia M. Schumann, Ph.D. for UC Davis Health

Cynthia M. Schumann, Ph.D.





Locations and Contact

UC Davis Medical Center

UC Davis Medical Center
2315 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817

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Phone: 800-2-UCDAVIS

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800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Schumann's research focuses on how brain cells associated with anxiety, autism, and mental health change across the human lifespan. Dr. Schumann is Director of two human brain tissue collection programs: Brain Endowment for Autism Research Sciences (BEARS) and Brain Endowment for Mental Health (BEMH). She also serves as Director of Research in Faculty Development for UC Davis Health and Chair of the UCD campus-wide Academic Senate Committee on Research.



Center/Program Affiliation

UC Davis MIND Institute

Undergraduate School

B.S., UC San Diego, San Diego CA 1998

Other School

Ph.D., UC Davis, Davis CA 2005


Neuroscience, UC San Diego, San Diego CA 2005-2007

To view a detailed list of Dr. Schumann's publications, please click here.

Lew CH, Groeniger KM, Hanson KL, Cuevas D, Greiner DMZ, Hrvoj-Mihic B, Bellugi U, Schumann CM, Semendeferi K. Serotonergic innervation of the amygdala is increased in autism spectrum disorder and decreased in Williams syndrome. Mol Autism. 2020 Feb 5;11(1):12. doi:10.1186/s13229-019-0302-4. PubMed PMID:32024554; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC7003328.

Nordahl CW, Schumann CM. Early Variations in Amygdala Development May Signal Divergent Behavioral Outcomes. Biol Psychiatry Cogn Neurosci Neuroimaging. 2019 Jan;4(1):3-4. doi:10.1016/j.bpsc.2018.11.009. PubMed PMID: 30616748.

Avino TA, Barger N, Vargas MV, Carlson EL, Amaral DG, Bauman MD, Schumann CM. Neuron numbers increase in the human amygdala from birth to adulthood, but not in autism. Proc Natl Acad Sci USA. 2018 Apr 3;115(14):3710-3715. doi:10.1073/pnas.1801912115. Epub 2018 Mar 20. PubMed PMID:29559529; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5889677.

Weir RK, Bauman MD, Jacobs B, Schumann CM. Protracted dendritic growth in the typically developing human amygdala and increased spine density in young ASD brains. Journal of Comparative Neurology. 2018 Feb 1;526(2):262-274. doi:10.1002/cne.24332. Epub 2017 Oct 26. PubMed PMID:28929566; PubMed Central PMCID:PMC5728110.

Bauman MD, Schumann CM. Advances in nonhuman primate models of autism: Integrating neuroscience and behavior. Experimental Neurology. 2018 Jan;299(Pt A):252-265.

Schumann CM, Ander BP, Sharp FR, Stamova B. Possible sexually dimorphic role of miRNA and other sncRNA in ASD brain. Molecular Autism. 2017 Feb 7;8:4.

Ander BP, Barger N, Stamova B, Sharp F, Schumann CM. Atypical miRNA expression in temporal cortex associated with dysregulation of immune, cell cycle and other pathways in autism spectrum disorders. Molecular Autism. 2015 Jun 19;6:37.

Bauman MD, Iosif A, Ashwood P, Braunschweig D, Lee A, Schumann CM, Van de Water J, Amaral DG. Maternal antibodies from mothers of children with autism alter brain growth and social behavior development in a rhesus monkey model. Translational Psychiatry. 2013 Jul;3(7):e278. Published online 2013 Jul 9. doi:10.1038/tp.2013.47. PMCID:PMC3731783. PMID:23838889.

Schumann CM, Bauman MD, Amaral DG. Abnormal structure or function of the amygdala is a common component of neurodevelopmental disorders. Neuropsychologia. 2011 Mar;49(4):745-59.