Richard Hauger
Contact Information:
3350 La Jolla Village Drive
San Diego, CA 92161


Dr. Hauger earned his M.D. from the University of Pittsburgh in 1974. He went on to complete a series of postdoctoral fellowships where he was trained in endocrinology, receptor biology, psychiatry, and receptor pharmacology. Dr. Hauger has been an Attending Psychiatrist in the Mood Disorders Clinic of the VA San Diego Healthcare System (VASDHS) since 1985, and a Professor of Psychiatry in the School of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego (UCSD) since 1995. At the VASDHS, he has been a recipient of a Pfizer Scholars Award, a VA Research Associate Award, and a VA Clinical Investigator Award. From 1995 to 1997, Dr. Hauger was recipient of a Max Planck visiting senior scientist award in the Department of Molecular Neuroendocrinology at the Max Planck Institute in Gottingen, Germany where he identified G protein-coupled receptor kinase 3 (GRK3) as a critical regulator of CRF1 receptor signaling. He was a charter member of the Alliance for Cellular Signaling (AfCS) and has served as chairman of the NC-IUPHAR CRF Receptor Subcommittee since 2001.

Research/Clinical Interests

Dr. Hauger has been a Principal Investigator for the VASDHS Research Service since 1985. While serving as Director of the Bioassay and Biomarkers laboratory for CESAMH, he has developed a research program that is highly skilled in assay development to measure novel neuropeptides or other neuroendocrine factors for which assays are not yet available. Dr. Hauger has considerable experience in investigating stress neuroendocrinology at the cellular and molecular levels to clinical stress disorders. He has collaborated with stress neuroendocrine researchers in CESAMH (Drs. Baker, Risbrough, and Lohr), the San Diego VA Research Service, UCSD, the San Francisco VA PTSD Research Program, the National PTSD Center, the National Institutes of Health, the University of Chicago, the University of California Los Angeles, and the University of Minnesota.

Dr. Hauger also directs a molecular biology research program focusing on the molecular regulation of corticotropin releasing factor (CRF) receptor signaling by GRK and arrestin proteins and its role in stress pathophysiology. Since 1987, Dr. Hauger has directed a neuroendocrinology assay maintaining state-of-the-art RIAs, IRMAs, and ELISAs to measure CRF, HPA axis hormones, gonadotropins, androgens, estradiol and progesterone, TSH, neuropeptide Y, BDNF, cytokines, and other neuropeptides, peptide hormones and steroids. Currently he is adding LC-MS/MS spectrometry assay techniques for greater specificity and sensitivity of detection.

To participate in current research studies, please visit VASDHS and  VMRF.

Selected Publications