John Ragland, Ph.D.

John Daniel Ragland, Ph.D.


Cognitive Neuroscience

Functional Neuroimaging



  • Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences


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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

2230 Stockton Blvd.
Sacramento, CA 95817
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Clinic Referral Phone: 916-734-7251
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Philosophy of Care

I utilize an evidence-based cognitive behavioral therapy approach.

Clinical Interests

Dr. Ragland is a clinical psychologist, with specialty training in neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, and functional neuroimaging. His clinical work is primarily with early psychosis patients, and he offers standardized intake assessment interviews and supervision of cognitive behavioral therapy based individual and group interventions.

Research/Academic Interests

Dr. Ragland is a Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the University of California at Davis. He uses behavioral, functional neuroimaging, and electrophysiology methods to identify brain networks responsible for specific aspects of learning and memory, and to test the impact of psychotic disorders on these brain systems and memory functions, with the goal of identifying relative strengths and weakness to guide development of cognitive enhancing interventions.

Dr. Ragland serves on the editorial boards of Biological Psychiatry, Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, Schizophrenia Research and Treatment, Faculty of 1000 Medicine, is a recipient of the EJLB Young Investigator Award and Hoffman Trust NARSAD (now Brain & Behavior Research Foundation) Independent Investigator Award, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation grant, and has received continuous funding through the NIMH.



Center/Program Affiliation

Imaging Research Center


Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, American University, Washington DC 1991

M.A., Psychology, American University, Washington DC 1987

B.A., Earlham College, Richmond IN 1984

Internship: Clinical Psychology, The Medical College of Pennsylvania at EPPI, Philadelphia PA 1990-1991


Neuropsychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA 1991-1993

Board Certifications

State of California - Psychologist, 2006

Professional Memberships

Memory Disorders Research Society

Schizophrenia International Research Society

Society of Biological Psychiatry

Honors and Awards

Fellow, American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, 2015

UC Davis Academic Senate Research Travel Award 2008, 2009, 2013

American College of Neuropsychopharmacology - Member, 2010

Hofmann Trust Investigator 2005, 2006

NARSAD Independent Investigator Award, 2004

Member, John Morgan Society, 2003

Select Recent Publications

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Libby, L.A., Yonelinas, A.P., Ranganath, C., Ragland, J.D.: Recollection and familiarity in schizophrenia: A quantitative review. Biological Psychiatry. 2012; 73:944-950.

Ragland, J.D., Gur, R.C., Glahn, D.C., Censits, D.M., Smith, R.J., Lazarev, M.G., Alavi, A., Gur, R.E.: Fronto-temporal cerebral blood flow change during executive and declarative memory tasks in schizophrenia: a positron emission tomography study. Neuropsychology. 1998;12:399-413.

Ragland, J.D., Ranganath, C., Harms, M.P., Barch, D.M., Gold, J.M., Layher, E., Lesh, T.A., MacDonald, A.W., Niendam, T.A., Phillips, J., Silverstein, S.M., Yonelinas, A.P., Carter, C.S.: Functional and neuroanatomical specificity of episodic memory dysfunction in schizophrenia: An fMRI study of the relational and item-specific encoding task. JAMA Psychiatry. 2015;72:909-16.

Ragland, J.D., Laird, A.R., Ranganath, C., Blumenfeld, R.S., Gonzales, S.M., Glahn, D.C.: Prefrontal Activation Deficits During Episodic Memory in Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2009;166:863-874.

Ranganath, C., Minzenberg, M., Ragland, J.D.: The Cognitive Neuroscience of Memory Function and Dysfunction in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry. 2008;64:417-427.

Ragland, J.D., Gur, R.C., Valdez, J.N., Loughead, J., Elliott, M., Kohler, C., Kanes, S., Siegel, S.J., Moelter, S.T., Gur, R.E.: Levels-of-processing effect on frontotemporal function in schizophrenia during word encoding and recognition. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2005;162:1840-1848

Pelchat, M.L., Johnson, A., Chan, R., Valdez, J., Ragland, J.D.: Images of desire: food craving activation during fMRI. NeuroImage. 2004;23:1486-1493.

Ragland, J.D., Gur, R.C., Valdez, J., Turetsky, B.I., Elliott, M., Kohler, C., Siegel,  S., Kanes, S., Gur, R.E.: Event-Related fMRI of Frontotemporal Activity During Word Encoding And Recognition in Schizophrenia. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2004;161:1004-1015.

Ragland, J.D., Moelter, S.T., McGrath, C., Hill, S.K., Gur, R.E., Bilker, W.B., Siegel, S.J., Gur, R.C.: Levels-Of-Processing Effect on Word Recognition in Schizophrenia. Biological Psychiatry. 2003;54:1154-1161.

Ragland, J.D., Gur, R.C., Raz, J., Schroeder, L., Smith, R.J., Alavi, A., Gur, R.E.: Effect of Schizophrenia on Frontotemporal Activity During Word Encoding and Recognition: A PET Cerebral Blood Flow Study. American Journal of Psychiatry. 2001;158:1114-1125.