Dennis S. Charney, M.D.
Dennis S. Charney, M.D. is currently the Dean for Academic and Scientific Affairs for Mount Sinai School of Medicine, and Senior Vice President for Health Sciences of The Mount Sinai Medical Center. From 2000-2004 Dr. Charney was the Chief of the Mood and Anxiety Disorder Research Program and the Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health. This program located in the NIMH intramural research division and is the nation’s largest research group devoted to identifying the etiology of these disorders and discovering more effective treatment. Prior to coming to NIMH in September, 2000 Dr. Charney was Professor of Psychiatry and Deputy Chair of Academic and Scientific Affairs at the Yale University School of Medicine.
Dr. Charney is one of the nation's foremost investigators in the neurobiology and treatment of mood and anxiety disorders. He has made fundamental contributions to our understanding of neural circuits, neurochemistry and functional neuroanatomy of the regulation of mood and anxiety and the psychobiological mechanisms of human resilience to stress. In addition his research group has focused on the discovery of novel and more effective treatments for mood and anxiety disorders.
Dr. Charney has been a highly successful extramural NIMH and VA grantee and has extensive experience directing large multidisciplinary research teams. He was the Principal Investigator of the VA National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder and the NIMH Yale Mental Health Clinical Research Center. Dr. Charney has served on numerous national committees in the service of advancing our understanding of the causes and treatment of psychiatric disorders. He has been a member of the Food and Drug Administration Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee. Dr. Charney has chaired the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Mental Health and the Scientific Advisory Board of the Anxiety Disorders Association of America (ADAA), the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) Scientific Advisory Board, and is past President of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is also a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the National Association for Research in Schizophrenia and Affective Disorders (NARSAD) and the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI). He was Scientific Director of the NIMH Strategic Plan for Mood Disorder Research in 2002.
Dr. Charney has published over 500 original papers and chapters. He has edited several major textbooks including Neurobiology of Mental Illness, Principles of Pediatric Psychopharmacology and Neuropsychopharmacology: A Fifth Generation of Progress. Dr. Charney is the editor of the journal Biological Psychiatry. The Institute of Scientific Information listed Dr. Charney among the top 3 most highly cited authors of psychiatric research in the decade 1990-2000. Since 1992, Dr. Charney has been listed in every edition of the “Best Doctors in America”. His work has been honored by every major award in his field. including the Efron award from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, the Anna Monika Foundation Award for Research in Affective Disorders, The Edward J. Sacher Award from Columbia University, the Edward A. Strecker Award from Pennsylvania Hospital and the University of Pennsylvania, the Gerald L. Klerman Lifetime Achievement Award from the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), the Heinz Lehman Award from the New York State Department of Mental Health, the American Psychiatric Association Award for Research, the American College of Psychiatrists Award for Depression Research, the Gold Medal Award from the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Distinguished Alumni Award from the Pennsylvania State University School of Medicine, and the 2004 CINP-Lilly Neuroscience Clinical Research Award. In 2000, Dr. Charney was elected to the Institute of Medicine.
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