Virginia Willour, PhD


Associate Professor of Psychiatry

Contact Information

Office: B002J Medical Laboratories
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-7140

Web: Video: "Great Science: Suicide Prevention"


BS, Biology, German, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
PhD, Genetics, Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA

Post Doctorate, Psychiatric Genetics, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD

Education/Training Program Affiliations

Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Genetics
Interdisciplinary Graduate Program in Neuroscience
Medical Scientist Training Program

Selected Publications

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Breen M, Seifuddin F, Zandi P, Potash J, Willour V.  Investigating the role of early childhood abuse and HPA axis genes in suicide attempters with bipolar disorder.  Psychiatr Genet.  2015. 

Jancic D, Seifuddin F, Zandi P, Potash J, Willour V.  Association study of X chromosome SNPs in attempted suicide.  Psychiatry Res.  2012 December. 

Willour V, Seifuddin F, Mahon P, Jancic D, Pirooznia M, Steele J, Schweizer B, Goes F, Mondimore F, Mackinnon D, Perlis R, Lee P, Huang J, Kelsoe J, Shilling P, Rietschel M, Nothen M, Cichon S, Gurling H, Purcell S, Smoller J, Craddock N, DePaulo JR J, Schulze T, McMahon F, Zandi P, Potash J.  A genome-wide association study of attempted suicide.  Mol psychiatry.  2012 April. 17(4):433-444.

Reti I, Xu J, Yanofski J, McKibben J, Uhart M, Cheng Y, Zandi P, Bienvenu O, Samuels J, Willour V, Kasch-Semenza L, Costa P, Bandeen-Roche K, Eaton W, Nestadt G.  Monoamine oxidase A regulates antisocial personality in whites with no history of physical abuse.  Compr Psychiatry.  2011. 52(2):188-94.

Perlis R, Huang J, Purcell S, Fava M, Rush A, Sullivan P, Hamilton S, McMahon F, Schulze T, Schulze T, Potash J, Zandi P, Willour V, Penninx B, Boomsma D, Vogelzangs N, Middeldorp C, Rietschel M, Nöthen M, Cichon S, Gurling H, Bass N, McQuillin A, Hamshere M, Craddock N, Sklar P, Smoller J.  Genome-wide association study of suicide attempts in mood disorder patients.  Am J Psychiatry.  2010 December. 167(12):1499-507.

Mahon P, Stütz A, Seifuddin F, Huo Y, Goes F, Jancic D, Judy J, Depaulo J, Gershon E, McMahon F, Zandi P, Potash J, Willour V.  Case-control association study of TGOLN2 in attempted suicide.  Am J Med Genet B Neuropsychiatr Genet.  2010 July. 153B(5):1016-23.

Bruce H, Sachs N, Rudnicki D, Lin S, Willour V, Cowell J, Conroy J, McQuaid D, Rossi M, Gaile D, Nowak N, Holmes S, Sklar P, Ross C, Delisi L, Margolis R.  Long tandem repeats as a form of genomic copy number variation: structure and length polymorphism of a chromosome 5p repeat in control and schizophrenia populations.  Psychiatr Genet.  2009 April. 19(2):64-71.

Pinto A, Greenberg B, Grados M, Bienvenu O, Samuels J, Murphy D, Hasler G, Stout R, Rauch S, Shugart Y, Pauls D, Knowles J, Fyer A, McCracken J, Piacentini J, Wang Y, Willour V, Cullen B, Liang K, Hoehn-Saric R, Riddle M, Rasmussen S, Nestadt G.  Further development of YBOCS dimensions in the OCD Collaborative Genetics study: symptoms vs. categories.  Psychiatry Res.  2008 July 15. 160(1):83-93.

Cullen B, Samuels J, Pinto A, Fyer A, McCracken J, Rauch S, Murphy D, Greenberg B, Knowles J, Piacentini J, Bienvenu O, Grados M, Riddle M, Rasmussen S, Pauls D, Willour V, Shugart Y, Liang K, Hoehn-Saric R, Nestadt G.  Demographic and clinical characteristics associated with treatment status in family members with obsessive-compulsive disorder.  Depress Anxiety.  2008. 25(3):218-24.

Samuels J, Bienvenu O, Pinto A, Fyer A, McCracken J, Rauch S, Murphy D, Grados M, Greenberg B, Knowles J, Piacentini J, Cannistraro P, Cullen B, Riddle M, Rasmussen S, Pauls D, Willour V, Shugart Y, Liang K, Hoehn-Saric R, Nestadt G.  Hoarding in obsessive-compulsive disorder: results from the OCD Collaborative Genetics Study.  Behav Res Ther.  2007 April. 45(4):673-86.

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