Francisco Moreno, MD

Professor, Psychiatry

Dr. Francisco Moreno is a Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Arizona College of Medicine. He serves in a variety of roles at our institution including as: Associate Vice President at the University of Arizona Health Science, leading the Office of Diversity and Inclusion; Senior Investigator and Engagement Lead with the NIH-Precision Medicine Initiative’s grant “All of Us Research Program”; Principal Investigator of the Arizona Health Career Opportunity Program from DHHS-Health Resources and Services Administration grant “Arizona HOPE” which works to support the competitiveness of a diverse pipeline of students for health professions in our state; Multiple Principal Investigator of an NIH-NHLBI grant to enhance the research skill and career advancement of early-career faculty from diverse backgrounds who seek to improve health equity. 

He has been conducting research in biology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders, geared to improve our understanding of the brain basis for mental illness and the underlying mechanism of action of antidepressants / antianxiety drugs, and treatment resistance. In collaboration with partners from the Departments of Psychiatry, Psychology, Medical Imaging, and the Clinical and Translational Science center, he is conducting cutting edge research in the use of psychedelic agents for the treatment of Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, and exploring the sleep, brain imaging and electrophysiology biomarkers of treatment response. 

Research Interests: 

Dr. Moreno through his research collaborations utilizes various research methodologies such as molecular, biochemical, electrophysiological and behavioral correlates of depression. Biology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders are key areas of his research interest. His work is funded by grants from the National Institutes of Health, Private Foundations, and Collaborations with Industry. He has supervised and mentored a number of interdisciplinary students, psychiatry residents, research fellows and junior faculty. His clinical interest and expertise include treatment resistant mood and anxiety disorders, and serves often as a psychopharmacology consultant to government institutions, health insurances, and pharmaceutical/device industry.

  • MD: Autonomous University of Baja California, 1988
  • The University of Arizona Health Sciences, Psychiatry and Neuropsychopharmacology
Board Certifications
  • American Board of Psychiatry & Neurology, 2000



Ranjbar, N., M. Erb, O. Mohammad, and F. A. Moreno, "Trauma-Informed Care and Cultural Humility in the Mental Health Care of People From Minoritized Communities.", Focus (Am Psychiatr Publ), vol. 18, issue 1, pp. 8-15, 2020 Jan. PMCID: PMC7011220  PMID: 32047392


Howe, G. W., M. Cimporescu, R. Seltzer, J. Neiderhiser, F. Moreno, and K. Weihs, "Combining stress exposure and stress generation: Does neuroticism alter the dynamic interplay of stress, depression, and anxiety following job loss?", J Pers, 2016 May 20. PMCID: PMC5116422  PMID: 27197979


Chong, J., and F. Moreno, "Feasibility and acceptability of clinic-based telepsychiatry for low-income Hispanic primary care patients.", Telemed J E Health, vol. 18, issue 4, pp. 297-304, 2012 May. PMID: 22424078
Howe, G. W., A. P. Hornberger, K. Weihs, F. Moreno, and J. M. Neiderhiser, "Higher-order structure in the trajectories of depression and anxiety following sudden involuntary unemployment.", J Abnorm Psychol, vol. 121, issue 2, pp. 325-38, 2012 May. PMCID: PMC3621986  PMID: 22103803


Breitborde, N. Jk, F. A. Moreno, N. Mai-Dixon, R. Peterson, L. Durst, B. Bernstein, S. Byreddy, and W. R. McFarlane, "Multifamily group psychoeducation and cognitive remediation for first-episode psychosis: a randomized controlled trial.", BMC Psychiatry, vol. 11, pp. 9, 2011. PMCID: PMC3030530  PMID: 21226941