Kelvin Lim, MD

Kelvin Lim

717 Delaware St. SE
Suite 516
Minneapolis, MN 55455
United States

Dr. Lim holds the Drs. T. J. and Ella M. Arneson Land-Grant Chair in Human Behavior at the University of Minnesota where he is a Professor of Psychiatry and Vice Chair for Research. Dr. Lim began his undergraduate work at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, completing his Bachelor and MD degrees at Johns Hopkins University. He completed a psychiatry residency and fellowship in neuroimaging at Stanford University where he also served on the faculty in the Department of Psychiatry. He joined the University of Minnesota in 2001.


Professional Associations

  • Director, 3T Research Services, Center for Magnetic Resonance Research
  • Site Principal Investigator, Minneapolis Defense and Veterans Brain Injury Center
  • American College of Neuropsychopharmacology
  • Society of Biological Psychiatry
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine


Vice-Chair of Research, Drs. T. J. and Ella M. Arneson Land-Grant Chair in Human Behavior, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Faculty, Graduate Program in Neuroscience

Affiliate Faculty, Institute for Health Informatics

Preceptor, Medical Scientist Training Program (Combined MD/PhD Training Program)



Medical School, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Residency, Stanford University

Fellowship, Neuroimaging, Stanford University

Bachelors Degree, Johns Hopkins University (Human Biology), 1980


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Research Summary/Interests

Dr. Lim’s research interest is in the use of neuroimaging approaches to identify circuit abnormalities in brain disorders such as schizophrenia, traumatic brain injury and addiction and then to use these circuits as treatment targets for noninvasive neuromodulation interventions.


  • 1: Bishop JR, Lee AM, Mills LJ, Thuras PD, Eum S, Clancy D, Erbes CR, Polusny MA, Lamberty GJ, Lim KO. Methylation of FKBP5 and SLC6A4 in Relation to Treatment Response to Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Front Psychiatry. 2018 Sep 18;9:418. doi: 10.3389/fpsyt.2018.00418. eCollection 2018. PubMed PMID: 30279666; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC6153325.
  • 2: Kang SS, Erbes CR, Lamberty GJ, Thuras P, Sponheim SR, Polusny MA, Moran AC, Van Voorhis AC, Lim KO. Transcendental meditation for veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Psychol Trauma. 2018 Nov;10(6):675-680. doi: 10.1037/tra0000346. Epub 2018 Jul 19. PubMed PMID: 30024219.
  • 3: Bikson M, Brunoni AR, Charvet LE, Clark VP, Cohen LG, Deng ZD, Dmochowski J, Edwards DJ, Frohlich F, Kappenman ES, Lim KO, Loo C, Mantovani A, McMullen DP, Parra LC, Pearson M, Richardson JD, Rumsey JM, Sehatpour P, Sommers D, Unal G, Wassermann EM, Woods AJ, Lisanby SH. Rigor and reproducibility in research with transcranial electrical stimulation: An NIMH-sponsored workshop. Brain Stimul. 2018 May - Jun;11(3):465-480. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2017.12.008. Epub 2017 Dec 29. Review. PubMed PMID: 29398575; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5997279.
  • 4: Gilmore CS, Dickmann PJ, Nelson BG, Lamberty GJ, Lim KO. Transcranial Direct Current Stimulation (tDCS) paired with a decision-making task reduces risk-taking in a clinically impulsive sample. Brain Stimul. 2018 Mar - Apr;11(2):302-309. doi: 10.1016/j.brs.2017.11.011. Epub 2017 Nov 22. PubMed PMID: 29174303.
  • 5: Nelson BG, Bassett DS, Camchong J, Bullmore ET, Lim KO. Comparison of large-scale human brain functional and anatomical networks in schizophrenia. Neuroimage Clin. 2017 May 14;15:439-448. doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2017.05.007. eCollection 2017. PubMed PMID: 28616384; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5459352.
  • 6: Philip NS, Nelson BG, Frohlich F, Lim KO, Widge AS, Carpenter LL. Low-Intensity Transcranial Current Stimulation in Psychiatry. Am J Psychiatry. 2017 Jul 1;174(7):628-639. doi: 10.1176/appi.ajp.2017.16090996. Epub 2017 Feb 24. Review. PubMed PMID: 28231716; PubMed Central PMCID: PMC5495602.
  • 7: Nienow TM, MacDonald AW 3rd, Lim KO. TDCS produces incremental gain when combined with working memory training in patients with schizophrenia: A proof of concept pilot study. Schizophr Res. 2016 Apr;172(1-3):218-9. doi: 10.1016/j.schres.2016.01.053. Epub 2016 Feb 4. PubMed PMID: 26852404.
  • 8: Polusny MA, Erbes CR, Thuras P, Moran A, Lamberty GJ, Collins RC, Rodman JL, Lim KO. Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Among Veterans: A Randomized Clinical Trial. JAMA. 2015 Aug 4;314(5):456-65. doi: 10.1001/jama.2015.8361. PubMed PMID: 26241597.



  • Schizophrenia