Dr. Altshuler retired in October 2015 from her position of Professor-in-Residence in the UCLA Department of
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, holding the Julia S. Gouw Endowed Chair for Mood Disorders.
She received her bachelor and M.D. degrees from Cornell and completed a two-year fellowship at the Biological Psychiatry Branch of the NIMH. In 1989 she was appointed assistant clinical professor at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute and in her first year on faculty received the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Hospital Junior Faculty Distinguished Teaching Award.
She has been an active teacher and mentor, and has been the recipient of numerous awards including, in 1994 and again in 2004, the UCLA Department of Psychiatry Outstanding Research Mentor Award. In 2006 she received the Gerald L. Klerman Distinguished Investigator Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance, and the National Nola Maddox Falcone Prize from NARSAD for Outstanding Achievement in Affective Disorders Research.