DBSA is guided by a Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), who advises the Board of Directors in matters of science and medicine and is comprised of the leading researchers and clinicians in the field of mood disorders.

Gary Sachs, MD, SAB Chair
Psychiatrist, Founding Director,
MGH Bipolar Clinic and Research
Lincoln, MA


George S. Alexopoulos, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
Weill Medical College of Cornell University
White Plains, NY

Mark S. Bauer, MD
Professor of Psychiatry, Harvard Medical School
Associate Director, Center for Healthcare
VA Boston Healthcare System-152M
Boston, MA

William R. Beardslee, MD
Department of Psychiatry
Boston Children’s Hospital
Boston, MA

Joseph R. Calabrese, MD
Director, Mood Disorders Program
Bipolar Disorder Research Chair &
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Bipolar Disorders Research Center
Cleveland, OH

Ian Cook, MD
Professor In-Residence
Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences
Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
Los Angeles, CA

J. Raymond DePaulo, Jr., MD
Henry Phipps Professor and Director
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Meyer 4-113, Chairman’s Office
Baltimore, MD

Jan Fawcett, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
School of Medicine
Family & Community Medicine
Albuquerque, NM

Mary Fristad, PhD, ABPP
Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Nutrition
The Ohio State University
Dept. of Psychiatry
Columbus, OH

Mark A. Frye, MD
Department of Psychiatry & Psychology
Director, Mayo Clinic Depression Center
Mayo Clinic
Rochester, MN

Nassir Ghaemi, MD, MPH
Professor of Psychiatry
Tufts Medical Center
Boston Clinical Lecturer at Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

William Gilmer, MD
Professor of Clinical Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, IL

John F. Greden, MD
Executive Director
University of Michigan Psychiatry
Ann Arbor, MI

Constance Guille, MD, MSCR
Assistant Professor
Medical University of South Carolina College of Medicine
Columbia, SC

Ned H. Kalin, MD
Hedberg Professor and Chair
University of Wisconsin Department of Psychiatry
Psychiatric Institute and Clinic
Madison, WI

Martin B. Keller, MD
Chair, Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior
Butler Hospital
Providence, RI

Ronald C. Kessler, PhD
Professor of Health Care Policy
Harvard Medical School
Boston, MA

Terence Ketter, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Chief of Bipolar Disorder Clinic
Palo Alto, CA

Amy Kilbourne, MD
University of Michigan Psychiatry
Ann Arbor, MI

William Lawson, MD, PHD
Associate Dean of Health Disparities
Department of Psychology
University of Texas at Austin
Dell Medical School
Austin, TX

Lauren B. Marangell, MD
Associate Professor,
Psychiatrist and Co-Founder
Brain Health Consultants and TMS Center
Houston, TX

Roger McIntyre, MD FRCPC
Head of Mood Disorders, Psychopharmacology Unit
University Health Network
Toronto, Canada

Erin Michalak, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
Program Director, APEC Digital Hub for Mental Health
Vancouver, BC

David J. Miklowitz, PhD
Professor of Psychiatry
Director, Child and Adolescent Mood Disorders Program
UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
Los Angeles, CA

Ricardo F. Munoz, PhD
Professor of Psychology
Department of Psychiatry at SFGH
San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, CA

Andrew A. Nierenberg, MD
Director, Bipolar Clinic and Research Program
Bipolar Clinic and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Sagar V. Parikh, MD, FRCPC  
Professor of Psychiatry, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor 
Professor of Health Management and Policy, School of Public Health, University of Michigan Associate Director, University of Michigan, Department of Psychiatry
Ann Arbor, MI

Roy Perlis, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
HMS Director
Center for Experimental Drugs and Diagnostics
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

Daniel S. Pine, MD
Branch Chief
National Institute of Mental Health
Emotion and Development Branch
Bethesda MD

Martha Sajatovic, MD
Professor of Psychiatry and of Neurology
Director, Neurological Outcomes Center
University Hospitals Case Medical Center
Cleveland, OH

Gregory Simon, MD, MPH, Past SAB Chair
Senior Investigator, Psychiatry
Center for Health Studies
Group Health Cooperative
Seattle, WA

Trisha Suppes, MD, PhD
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences Stanford University School of Medicine Director, VA Director, VA Palo Alto CSP NODES VA Palo Alto Health Care System
Palo Alto, CA

Louisa Sylvia, PhD
Director of Psychology
Bipolar Clinic and Research Program
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, MA

John S. Tamerin, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Weill Cornell Medical College
Greenwich, CT

Audrey Tyrka, MD, PhD
Butler Hospital
Brown Medical School
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Providence, RI

Karen Wagner, MD, PhD
Vice Chair
Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences
Galveston, TX

Myrna Weissman, PhD
Diane Goldman Kemper Family Professor of Epidemiology and Psychiatry
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
Chief Division of Epidemiology
New York State Psychiatric Institute
New York, New York

Lakshmi Yatham, MBBS, FRCPC, MRCPsych
Professor of Psychiatry
University of British Columbia
Regional Head, Department of Psychiatry
Vancouver Coastal Health/Providence Healthcare
Regional Program Medical Director, VCH/PHC
President-Elect, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry
Vancouver, BC

John M. Zajecka, MD
Associate Professor
Rush University
Department of Psychiatry
Chicago, IL

Sidney Zisook, MD
Professor of Psychiatry
University of San Diego
San Diego, CA

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