Philosophy of Care
I believe in helping people with serious mental illness recover to the best of their abilities in the least restrictive environment possible.
Dr. Barnhorst's interests include inpatient and crisis psychiatry, and public mental health.
My research interests include public mental health systems, firearms law and mental illness, means restriction for suicide prevention, and teaching medical students and residents about mental illness
M.D., UC Davis School of Medicine, Sacramento CA 2006
B.A., Dartmouth College, Hanover NH 1995
Psychiatry, UC Davis Medical Center, Sacramento CA 2006-2010
American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology, 2011
Association for Academic Psychiatry
California Medical Association
Consortium for Risk-Based Firearm Policy
Sierra Sacramento Valley Medical Society
Honors and Awards
Honored Participant, Resident Education Track UC Davis School of Medicine for residents focused on medical education during residency, 2010
Outstanding Teaching Award Resident Medical Staff in Psychiatry UC Davis School of Medicine for dedication to teaching medical students, 2009
Select Recent Publications
Barnhorst A. Mental Illness and Firearms Law. Principles and Practice of Forensic Psychiatry, 3rd Edition. Rosner R . Hodder Arnold Publishing. 2016.
Barnhorst A. and Xiong G. Amphetamine-Related Psychiatric Disorders. Medscape Drugs & Diseases. 2016.
Frattaroli S, McGinty EE, Barnhorst A, Greenberg S. Gun Violence Restraining Orders: Alternative or Adjunct to Mental Health-Based Restrictions on Firearms? Behav Sci Law. 2015 Jun;33(2-3):290-307.
Barnhorst A. California Firearms Law and Mental Illness. Behav Sci Law. 2015 Jun;33(2-3):246-56.
Barnhorst A, Xiong GL. Pulmonary embolism in a psychiatric patient. Am J Psychiatry. 2014 Nov 1;171(11):1155-7.
Newman WJ, Xiong GL, Barnhorst AV. Beta-Blockers: Off-Label Use in Psychiatric Disorders. Psychopharm Review. 2013; 48,73-80.
Barnhorst A and Xiong G. Off Label Uses of Topiramate. Psychopharm Review. 2012;47(6):41-48.
Xiong G and Barnhorst A. Inpatient Suicide Risk Assessment. In Textbook of Suicide Assessment and Management, Second Edition. Edited by Simon R and Hales R, The American Psychiatric Publishing, Washington D.C. 2012.
Kahn D and Barnhorst A. High Dose Benzodiazepine Tolerance in Alcohol Dependence: A Case Report. CNS Spectrums. 2009;14(7):385-389.
Barnhorst A, Bourgeois JA, Macmillan J. Development of a hospice formulary for psychotropic medications. Palliat Support Care. 2008 Mar;6(1):71-7.