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Anita H Clayton, MD

Department: Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences Division: Inpatient Psychiatry, Outpatient Psychiatry Title: Chair of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences; David C. Wilson Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences ABMS Certification: Psychiatry and Neurology - Active

Contact Information

P.O. Box 800623 Charlottesville, VA 22908-0623 Phone: 434.243.4646 | Fax: 434.243.4743 Other Locations:
Psychiatric Medicine West Complex
Psychiatric Medicine Northridge


Dr. Anita Clayton’s clinical practice and research interests focus on women’s mental health and sexual dysfunctions. She is the David C. Wilson Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, with a secondary appointment as professor of clinical obstetrics and gynecology. She is board certified in psychiatry and neurology.

Dr. Clayton was born in Pensacola, FL, where her father was stationed as a Navy pilot; she grew up traveling throughout the world for her father’s assignments. She finished high school in Virginia Beach and then attended the University of Virginia for her undergraduate and medical degrees. She also completed her internship and residency in behavioral medicine and psychiatry at UVA. Dr. Clayton then served as a U.S. Navy physician for four years before returning to join the faculty at UVA in 1990.

Married for 34 years, Dr. Clayton has a son, a daughter and three stepsons. She enjoys traveling and the arts.