Meet the Chair

Wayne K. Goodman, MD
Chair of the Department of Psychiatry
Esther and Joseph Klingenstein Professor of Psychiatry

An expert psychopharmacologist and leading researcher on obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), Wayne K. Goodman, MD, envisions the Department of Psychiatry as a national model for groundbreaking clinical neuropsychiatric research.

Dr. Goodman emphasizes the role of neurodevelopmental factors in the pathogenesis of psychiatric disorders, an approach that may lead to novel treatments that prevent, not just ameliorate, disabling symptoms. He works closely with colleagues at the Mount Sinai Brain Institute who are focused on major neuropsychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, Alzheimer's disease, depression, autism, post-traumatic stress disorder, substance abuse, OCD, and bipolar disorder.

An innovative clinician, Dr. Goodman helped develop the gold standard for rating the severity of OCD symptoms, known as the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale. He also conducted some of the first controlled trials examining selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors in OCD. Dr. Goodman uses the latest technologies to advance the understanding and treatment of neuropsychiatric disorders. One such technology is the brain-machine interface, an exciting innovation that allows a person to control a computer just by thinking.

To help those suffering from OCD, Dr. Goodman co-founded the Obsessive Compulsive Foundation, an international nonprofit patient advocacy organization that provides the very latest information on research, resources, and recovery. He chaired the foundation's scientific advisory board for a decade.

Dr. Goodman's prestigious honors include the Mysell Lecture Award from Harvard University and recognition as one of the Best Doctors in America from 2003 to 2008. A leading psychopharmacologist, Dr. Goodman is currently the Acting Chair of the Food and Drug Administration's Psychopharmacologic Drug Advisory Committee. He is a member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology and a distinguished fellow of the American Psychiatric Association. Dr. Goodman has written more than 200 journal articles. He has also served as principal investigator on National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)-funded grants since 1992.

A native New Yorker, Dr. Goodman received his medical degree from Boston University and completed his residency and a research fellowship at Yale University School of Medicine. He joined the Yale faculty in 1986. In 1985, he founded and served as Chief of the Obsessive Compulsive Disorders Clinic at Yale University's Clinical Neuroscience Research Unit. Dr. Goodman remained on the Yale faculty until 1993. At the University of Florida's College of Medicine, he chaired the Department of Psychiatry for nine years and established the state-of-the-art Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Program. Dr. Goodman's pioneering research in the field of OCD led to his recruitment to the NIMH, which named him Director of the Division of Adult Translational Research and Treatment Development in 2007. He joined Mount Sinai in 2009 as Chair of the Department of Psychiatry.

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